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LIFE & LEGACY™ is a partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that assists communities across North America, through partnership with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit local Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations, and other Jewish entities.

Through training, support, and monetary incentives, LIFE & LEGACY™ motivates Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors, and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community in order to ensure vibrant Jewish life for future generations. Congregation Gates of Heaven is one of eleven Jewish organizations in New York’s Capital District to be participating in this program.

Beginning March 2018, Gates of Heaven has asked its stakeholders to leave a life and legacy gift to our congregation.

You may download, print, and sign your Letter of Intent from the link here.

WHY LIFE & LEGACY?

  • To cultivate a culture of legacy giving.
  • To foster camaraderie and respect among Jewish organizations.
  • To give generous and forward-thinking members of the Jewish community an opportunity to express their passion, purpose and commitment to the future of Congregation Gates of Heaven and the community’s most valued Jewish organizations.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

In one way or another your life is rooted in Jewish experiences connecting you to the Jewish community. Chances are you already support Jewish charitable organizations, but have you included these organizations in your will or estate plan? By leaving a legacy, you can assure that the traditions and institutions that mean so much to you today will exist for future generations.

By making a legacy commitment you can:

  • Convey your commitment to being Jewish.
  • Express values instilled in you by your parents and grandparents.
  • Perpetuate the Jewish traditions you cherish.
  • Preserve the programs and services of Congregation Gates of Heaven and other organizations that support Jewish life in our area. By making your legacy commitment now, or sharing with the community that you have already done so, those organizations to whom you make a legacy commitment have the opportunity to secure an incentive grant from the Grinspoon Foundation.

Our Case Statement:

Our legacy donors are dedicated and committed individuals, just like you, who want to ensure the continued vitality and vibrancy of Jewish life far into the future. They have benefitted from the fruits planted by the generations who came before and are willing to sow seeds for the future generations by affirming that our congregation always will be a special place that empowers Jewish families to live and interact in a warm and welcoming manner. Please join us as we build on our past by looking forward to the future. - validating and empowering each soul who enters through the Gates of Heaven as he or she engages in the heart of Jewish life.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

All of us, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, have the ability to leave a legacy. Your legacy gift of any size can be customized and structured to fit your dreams, lifestyle, family, and financial needs.  You can provide support for a particular organization or area of interest.

Leaving a legacy is simple.  Some options include:

  • Bequest in a will
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Gift of IRA or Pension Funds
  • Gift of cash or assets
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust

For more details and to find out how you can make a gift, please contact Paula Metzner at lifeandlegacy@cgoh.org

Life and Legacy Committee Members: Chair: Paula Metzner, members: Mindy Holland, Rick Dolins, Jonathan Falk

 

Todah Rabah!
We thank our LIFE & LEGACY Society members for helping to secure our future.

Those who sign a letter of intent to leave a LIFE & LEGACY gift to Congregation Gates of Heaven are added to our LIFE & LEGACY SOCIETY. Those who do not wish to remain anonymous will have their name printed on the LIFE & LEGACY sign in our lobby and will be honored each year at Donor Shabbat.

You may download, print, and sign your Letter of Intent from the link here.

LIFE & LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS

Anonymous Donors

Ellen Auerbach

Michael Auerbach

Dr. Edward Bein

Peter Bent

Joan Bent

Debra Belkin

M. Randolph Belkin

John Berhaupt & Suzanne Gold

Lee Brice

Theresa Cassiack

Rachel Cohon

Rabbi Matthew & Sharon Cutler

Brian Cuttler

Alfred Dickinson

Dr. Sherry Dickinson

Rick Dolins

Virginia C. Dolins z"l

Steve M. Egna

Laura Ehrich

Maya Elson

Steve Elson

Jonathan Falk

Sanford Fialkoff in memory of Suzanne Fialkoff

Stacey Farber

Yvette & Alan Gebell

Karen Gerhardt

Bill Gilbert

Rhoda Gilbert

David & Andrea Golub

Mona J. Golub

Brian N. Haak

Bea Hahn

Gerry Hahn

Elisa Harrington-Verb

Marcus Harrington

Joan Heffler

Jesse Holland

Mindy Holland

Elaine Hughes

Kay Keller

Peter & Susan Kopcha

James & Susan Litynski

Mary Matthews

Paula Metzner

Dr. Lisa J. Norelli

Rabbi Eleanor & Dr. William Pearlman

Kenny Priddle

Lisa Priddle

Jonathan, Jessica, & Seth Rubin

Sonia Rubenstein z"l

Del & Randie Salmon

Dr. Howard Schlossberg & Michelle Ostrelich

Randy Simon

Shawn & Jennifer Tabankin

Mark & Melinda Teter

Jeff & Barbara Walton

Stacie & William Waters

Deborah Wein

Ernie Wein

Richard Weiskopf

Gordon Zuckerman

Linda Zuckerman z"l

Why did I leave a Life & Legacy gift to Gates?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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