Legacy Stories
“We must do everything we can to make sure our Temple remains vibrant”

Harold Blach, Jr.The congregation was just three years old when my great-grandfather moved his family to Birmingham from Vevay, Indiana in 1885. So, through six generations our family has been proud to call Temple Emanu-El “our temple”. I have a very warm place in my heart for this beautiful structure which is a focal point of Judaism within our community. We, the members, must ensure that this congregation be perpetuated.

When an older member passes away, it can be difficult for younger members to replace their financial support — thus the importance of our “dues endowment” program. That is why I have chosen to endow a portion of my own dues through gifts over time and through my estate planning. This way, my dues will continue long after I am gone, and I hope that others will consider supporting the temple in a similar fashion. It is so important that we do everything we can to make sure the Temple Emanu-El remains a viable home for our congregation and as a part of the greater Birmingham community.

Harold Blach, Jr.

Reprinted from the 2012 Annual Report

Leaving Your Legacy

As we honor the visionary commitment of these thoughtful philanthropists, we hope, in turn, that others will be inspired to follow their footsteps. Establishing your personal legacy gift of any size is welcomed — and will leave a unique and lasting imprint of your and/or your family’s deep connection to our traditions, culture, values and congregation.

To learn more about the many legacy opportunities available, click here, or contact Alison Berman in the Endowment Office at aberman@ourtemple.org or (205) 397-0814.