Legacy Stories
“It has always been important for me to give back to the Temple”

Loretta NewfieldI came to Birmingham after marrying Mayer. This is where I have felt love all around me for thirty-six years – double chai. With his family’s strong involvement in the Temple, it seemed that volunteering would be a great way to start. I began by working with the bulb sale, and then continued over the years working with a number of the Sisterhood’s fundraising projects. Ultimately, I became Sisterhood president — actually twice.
To this day, I continue to stay involved.

It has always been important for me to give back — particularly after Mayer died. I had to give back for what they had given to me. I’ve always been active; however, I feel that I’ve gotten back much, much more than I have given. Although my family all remains in Florida, my friends are here at Temple Emanu-El — and this is my home. So, I hope that Temple Emanu-El remains strong. I love seeing the young kids in the gift shop on Sunday mornings and see them take more of an interest in Temple and in Judaism. This is our next generation. My hope is that the generations to come will keep the light glowing bright.

~ Loretta Newfield

Reprinted from the 2016 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 Jann Blitz in the Endowment Office at jblitz@ourtemple.org or (205) 397-0814.

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