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Legacy Giving to Benefit the Atlantic Canadian Jewish Community

Atlantic Canada is one of six new communities selected to participate in LIFE & LEGACY, a North American-wide Jewish Legacy Giving Initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

The Program

LIFE & LEGACY® in Atlantic Canada is a two-year partnership between the Atlantic Jewish Council, Camp Kadimah, the Beth Israel Synagogue, the Shaar Shalom Synagogue, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (of Agawam, MA) to promote and support legacy giving to benefit the Atlantic Canadian Jewish community. Participating organizations are receiving training and coaching along with financial incentives to secure legacy gifts. Since the LIFE & LEGACY program is a cooperative and collaborative community-wide effort, the whole community will benefit. Legacy team members’ conversations are focused on what is important to the donor; thus, the conversation can result in multiple commitments. Most Jewish community members support more than one Jewish cause or organization annually and will likely support more than one Jewish cause or organization with a legacy gift.

Legacy Giving

A legacy gift is a way for members of the community to express their passion, purpose, and commitment to valued Jewish organizations. Legacy gifts are either current or after-lifetime commitments to organizations’ endowments. Strong endowments are proven to help sustain Jewish organizations and make them resilient—and thus will secure our vibrant Jewish community for the next generation and beyond.

Make a Commitment to Leave a Legacy Gift to a Jewish Institution in Atlantic Canada by Filling out a "Letter of Intent"!

By leaving your legacy gift to one or multiple Jewish institutions in Atlantic Canada, you can assure that the traditions and institutions that mean so much to you today will exist for future generations. If you fill out an LOI before the end of 2021, the organization will receive additional financial incentives from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Some Ways to Make a Legacy Gift

The most common legacy gift, a charitable bequest, is a donation made through your Will.You can choose to leave a specific piece of property, a pre-determined sum of money or a percentage of your estate.A gift like this costs nothing today, and if it
is a percentage, it will adjust over time as your circumstances change. By carefully planning your will, you can eliminate significant taxes payable upon your death.

We all strive to leave the world a better place through our children, our good deeds, our generosity

This could be the most important gift you ever make

Frequently Asked Questions

About The Atlantic Jewish Council

For nearly half a century, the Atlantic Jewish Council has worked to strengthen the historic, multi-generational Jewish community of Atlantic Canada.The thread that connects us to one another and to this sacred mission is our belief in Jewish values: tzedakah (justice) and chesed (loving kindness).

Our founders created the Atlantic Jewish Council to bolster the Jewish community of Atlantic Canada, to serve as the community’s convener, to provide a secure local home for Camp Kadimah, and to leverage our community’s resources for Israel.Their noble goals remain as relevant today as they were in 1975.The Atlantic Jewish Council continues strive for these aims as well as to ensure a Jewish future in Atlantic Canada, to secure the State of Israel and connect our community to it, to raise awareness of our Jewish communities, and combat to Antisemitism.

We believe in the Jewish future of Atlantic Canada

We believe in singing Hebrew songs at the top of our lungs at Camp Kadimah.We believe in dressing up like Queen Esther for community purim parties. In knowing the words for Friday night services at shul... and knowing the person sitting next to you well enough to say hello.We believe in falling asleep to the sound of the words of a PJ Library book.We believe in eating too many matzah balls at seders on Passover.We believe that covering yourself with mud before jumping into the Dead Sea in a must.

We believe no child in our community should go to bed hungry. That every Holocaust survivor has the right to live with dignity. And all Jews should be able to live—here in Atlantic Canada AND anywhere in the world—without fear of persecution.

We believe that together our impact is greater than what any of us can do individually. We believe we can’t rest because there’s
still more work to be done. We believe in honouring the past while planning for the future. And we believe in creating the kind of community our grandparents would be proud of, and our grandchildren will thank us for. If you believe too, please join us now in securing the future of Atlantic Canadian Jewry.

About The Shaar Shalom Synagogue

Shaar Shalom is a Conservative Jewish congregation providing egalitarian services as well as educational and cultural programs for our members and community. We are committed to continuing

to build an inclusive, vibrant and lasting Jewish community in Halifax.

We value being a warm and inviting environment, where members feel at home in our space. More than a building, we seek to build relationships through spiritual, social, educational and cultural fulfillment.We work to inspire the next generation of Jews to connect with their identity.

Our legacy donors are members, like you, who make a promise to future generations so they will have a thriving Jewish community enabling them to enrich their lives as Jews here in Atlantic Canada.They acknowledge that the Shaar Shalom is the heart of Conservative Judaism in Halifax. Our donors join us in creating a legacy to ensure the future of the Shaar Shalom with an act of loving commitment through their legacy gift.

About The Beth Israel Syangogue

Shaar Shalom is a Conservative Jewish congregation providing egalitarian services as well as educational and cultural programs for our members and community. We are committed to continuing

to build an inclusive, vibrant and lasting Jewish community in Halifax.

We value being a warm and inviting environment, where members feel at home in our space. More than a building, we seek to build relationships through spiritual, social, educational and cultural fulfillment.We work to inspire the next generation of Jews to connect with their identity.

Our legacy donors are members, like you, who make a promise to future generations so they will have a thriving Jewish community enabling them to enrich their lives as Jews here in Atlantic Canada.They acknowledge that the Shaar Shalom is the heart of Conservative Judaism in Halifax. Our donors join us in creating a legacy to ensure the future of the Shaar Shalom with an act of loving commitment through their legacy gift.

YOUR JEWISH LEGACY MATTERS!

You have poured your heart and soul into this Jewish community and made a difference. Whether your greatest passion is Israel, your synagogue, the AJC or Camp Kadimah, your ongoing commitment stands as a testament to your values. Now is the time to take the next step and commit to securing the Jewish Future of Atlantic Canada.

Please commit to making a legacy gift to one or more Atlantic Canadian Jewish organizations today.