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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

The Beth Emet Dor L’Dor (generation to generation) Society encourages congregants to include Beth Emet in their estate plans. Showing appreciation and recognition to those who do so.

We all make decisions during our life that reflect our values. Making a legacy gift by including Beth Emet in your estate plan is a powerful way to put your values into action beyond your lifetime. Doing so helps ensure the vitality of Beth Emet into the future and perpetuates its distinguished service to the community and to the Jewish people.

You have options when it comes to leaving a legacy to Beth Emet:

• Specify a dollar amount or percentage in your will as a bequest to the synagogue
• Name Beth Emet as a beneficiary of a retirement account, pension, or life insurance policy

Your legal advisor or tax professional can help you determine the approach that’s right for you. To learn more about becoming a member of the Dor L'Dor Society please contact Bekki Harris Kaplan, Executive Director, or call 847-869-4230 ext. 304. 

For a form directing your attorney to include Beth Emet in your estate plans: pdfDirections to My Attorney

If you have already provided for Beth Emet in your estate plan, please let the synagogue know by completing and returning the pdfConfidential Statement of Intent form.

Learn More About Legacy Giving

On March 9, 2011, the Dor L’Dor Society presented a special educational program entitled "Recent Changes in Estate Planning Law." The presenter was David Herpe, a fellow Beth Emet member and estate planning attorney at McDermott Will & Emery.

Click on the links below to download the materials distributed at this program:

pdfOverview of the Transfer Tax System
pdfBasic Estate Planning
pdfOverview of Charitable Gift Techniques

In the words of one Dor L’Dor Society member…

“…I have chosen to support Beth Emet even after my death, so that it may continue to be a vibrant community that teaches Torah by word and example to my grandson’s generation and those that follow...The tree I am planting now will continue to flower long after I am gone.” - Beth Emet Congregant, Lenore Spear Reif

 

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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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