Tzedakah Society

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TZEDAKAH…A JEWISH TRADITION

Tzedakah is literally translated as “righteousness.” Giving is a way of life for us. When we donate to our most cherished recipients, we offer an expression of priority and value. We support the organizations to which we feel the most connection. In doing so, we believe that righteousness becomes manifest in a very real way. Touro Synagogue has established the Tzedakah Society to encourage members to make planned deferred gifts by including Touro Synagogue in their estate plans. In this way, donors create a legacy of generosity which sustains this sacred organization beyond their lifetimes.


WHAT IS PLANNED GIVING?
Planned giving, or deferred giving, creates a variety of methods to support Touro Synagogue just as you provide for your heirs. Planned gifts range from simple bequests in your will to designating Touro as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement fund or trust.

WHY SHOULD YOU GIVE?
Touro Synagogue is a pillar of our Jewish community and a central gathering place to experience outstanding Jewish education, beautiful and spiritual worship, innovative programming, pastoral guidance and vital acts of community engagement. Your planned gift will help ensure the continuation of these sacred Touro Synagogue endeavors for generations to come.

CAN PLANNED GIVING PROVIDE TAX BENEFITS TO THE DONOR?
Donors of planned gifts may be entitled to tax benefits. Donors are encouraged to consult with their attorney, financial advisor and/or accountant, as each situation is specific, personal and unique.

WHEN CAN I MAKE A GIFT?
Members can make arrangements for a future gift to Touro Synagogue at any time, with no outlay of funds today. Generally, deferred gifts are revocable at any time before death and do not require payment until then. You need not disclose the specific amount ever.

IS THERE A MINIMUM GIFT?
No. Gifts of any and all sizes are welcome and appreciated. You are not required to disclose anything about your gift. Simply let us know that you have included or will include Touro Synagogue in your estate plan.

HOW WILL THESE FUNDS BE USED?
When received, gifts valued at more than $5,000 will generally be directed to the Touro Synagogue Foundation, our endowment fund. This fund helps assure that the future needs of Touro Synagogue and our members are met. Your planned gift can honor a loved one or ensure the continuation of programs for generations to come.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
Many of us postpone estate planning, but at every stage of your life, having a written plan available for your heirs is important. Your attorney and financial advisor can help with your unique situation. You can also contact Bob Gross, chair of the Planning Giving Committee, for further information about the planned giving process. Email: robertsgross@gmail.com.


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TZEDAKAH SOCIETY FOUNDING MEMBERS
Ensuring the Future of Touro Synagogue

Thank you to the following families who have committed to including Touro Synagogue in their estate plans:

Aaron and Elizabeth Ahlquist
Phyllis and Jack Alltmont
Ava and Michael Alltmont
Arlene and Paul Barron
Alexis and Bob Berk
Joy and Andrew Braun
Vivian and Richard Cahn
Shira and Michael Cohen
George Dansker
Justin Ehrenwerth and Dana Dupré
Dr. Chris Kornman and Dr. Arian Elfant
Rebecca and Simon Finger
Diane and Alan Franco
Dr. and Mrs. Errol F. Genet
Cathy and Charles Glaser
Jared M. Glassman
Shannie and Rabbi David Goldstein
Susan and Lou Good
Carol and Louis* Good
Jeffrey and Caroline Good
Robert and Valborg Gross
Ron and Leslie Gubitz
Samantha Guichet
Lisa Gurk Herman and Michael F. Herman
Jill and David Israel
Andy and Carmen Jacobs
Dotty and Buddy* Jacobs
Jan Katz
Robert and Millie Kohn
Betty and Ira* Kohn
Ruth and Lawrence Kullman
Drs. Laura and Walter Levy
Carrie and Austin Marks
Julie Grant Meyer
Bill and Doris Norman
Thaia and the Late Louis Pick
Joyce and Sidney Pulitzer
Garland Rolling
Sidney* and Andree* Rosenblum
Stanley Schwam and Ruth* Freedman Schwam
Kathy and Hal Shepard
Dana and Louis Shepard
Robert I. Shepard
Julie and Scott Silbert
Gary and Nancy Silbert
Bob and Fran Simon
Naomi Yavneh Klos
Berry and Richard Zander
Dr. Lawrence and Joan Zaslow
Jenny and Lee Zurik

And other anonymous donors

* Of blessed memory


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