As our Talmud wisely teaches:
“Just as my ancestors planted for me, I too shall plant for my descendants.”
The L’dor V’dor Legacy Society was established at Congregation Beth El – Ner Tamid (“CBENT”) to promote the principle of l’dor v’dor – from one generation to another. The Legacy Society encourages congregation members and other friends of the synagogue to support the long-term financial health of the congregation by designating CBENT to receive future gifts. Through these future gifts, one generation of congregants and friends will support future generations.
Legacy Society Resources
- Legacy Society Interest Form (fillable PDF; please email completed form to [email protected] or print and send to the office)
- Sample Language
These gifts may take different forms. CBENT can be named as a beneficiary in a will or trust. CBENT can be a designated beneficiary of an IRA, 401k, other retirement account, annuity, or other type of financial account. Gifts to CBENT can be in specific dollar amounts or percentages or pursuant to a formula, whatever the donor prefers. There are special types of charitable trusts that could be used where CBENT would receive distributions from the trust before the trust principal eventually passes to family or where family members would receive distributions from the trust before the trust principal eventually passes to CBENT. Gifts to CBENT may be for specific purposes or projects or completely unrestricted, whatever the donor prefers. The idea is to facilitate future gifts to CBENT, in any amount and in any form that a donor wishes, to provide viability of the congregation for generations yet to come.
The committee encourages interested congregants to contact the CBENT office or any member of the committee with questions or with expressions of interest in becoming a member of the Legacy Society. Persons who implement their gifts by naming CBENT in their wills, trusts or beneficiary designations and so inform CBENT, shall become members of the L’dor V’dor Legacy Society unless they ask to remain anonymous. Persons who are members of the Society before June 30, 2021 are designated as “Founding Members.” All Legacy Society members will be recognized upon joining unless they ask to remain anonymous. It is the hope of the committee that such recognition will encourage others to become Legacy Society members and support the future vitality of CBENT by making CBENT a part of their legacies.