Legacy Stories
“I grew up knowing that my Temple and religion were important beyond measure”

Joe DannisI grew up in Birmingham as a kid, surrounded by my father, Herbert’s, large and loving family. But in grade school, we moved away to a larger city that offered more opportunities. Throughout my childhood, I attended Hebrew school, although predictably, I got nothing out of it since I was deaf—as was the rest of my family. Still, I grew up knowing that the temple and my religion were important beyond measure.

Today, I live on the west coast in Southern California and recently came back to Birmingham to visit my roots. As I stopped in the Temple Emanu-El sanctuary —memories came flooding back. I went to the cemetery as well and was incredibly moved to see all the names of my ancestors. My father taught me to always make a donation when visiting a synagogue. This time, the temple had pointed significance; so I made a special gift to perpetuate our family so that the name “Dannis” will infinitely live on here in Birmingham.

~ Joe Dannis

Reprinted from the 2010 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.