Legacy Stories
“It is really important to us to have a vibrant Temple and Jewish community”

Rebecca & Adam GordonWe have had so many life cycle events here at Temple Emanu-El — our wedding, a conversion, a bar mitzvah and a baby naming — all in a short span of time. Now with both a teenager and kindergartener, it is especially important to us to have a vibrant temple and Jewish community. We want our kids to have the same wonderful experiences we have had — and more.

Philanthropy is also very important to us. Therefore when the Shofar Initiative options were presented to us, it made the most sense to make a gift to support the Temple’s endowment because it helps our congregation in perpetuity and is not just a short-term fix. Also in investigating our options, we learned that we didn’t have to make a 5-figure gift to make an impact. The Endowment Fund was creative and made it easy for us to start our own family fund by giving over a period of time with a multi-year pledge. Now, we are a part of helping our Temple over the long-term, and giving more than we ever thought we could.

~ Rebecca & Adam Gordon

Reprinted from the 2011 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.