Life and Legacy

Temple Beth Israel Legacy Circle

“I did not find the world desolate when I entered it and as my parents planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me.”   - Talmud

Temple Beth Israel is thrilled to be participating in the LIFE & LEGACY program, which is a partnership of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF) and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF). The program promotes legacy (after-lifetime) gifts to benefit day schools, synagogues, social services organizations and other Jewish entities. By securing legacy gifts, Jewish organizations, such as TBI, can be certain that they will exist for future generations.


The TBI Legacy Circle honors those individuals and families who have taken the step to make a legacy gift to Temple Beth Israel through their wills or estate plans. 

Please consider including Temple Beth Israel in your will or estate plan.Your estate gift will make the difference between a congregation that struggles in the future and one that has security and  the resources to  thrive and grow, even in difficult times. Every  member of the TBI community can make a legacy gift, regardless of one’s level of wealth. Bequeath the majority of your estate to your family, and consider designating a small percentage to support TBI, just as you’ve done in your lifetime.

Hear what Rabbi Ruhi has to say about Life and Legacy. Check out the video below from our 2016 #GivingTuesday video campaign:

Sign your declaration of intent here!

Life and Legacy FAQ sheet

There are different methods that can make it easy for you to leave a Jewish legacy:

  • Bequest in your will or trust. Designate a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a remainder interest to benefit TBIafter funds have been distributed to your family.
  • Retirement asset. Make TBI the beneficiary of all or part of a retirement asset, such as an IRA or a 401 (k) plan. This is easy to do, without revising your will; and it’s tax-savvy, avoiding deferred income tax.
  • Charitable gift annuity or other life income plan. Make a legacy gift to TBI now and enjoy potential tax benefits, while retaining a secure lifetime income at a very favorable rate of return. The remainder will eventually benefit TBI.
  • Life insurance policy. Donate an unneeded policy by namingTBI as the beneficiary.

If you are considering a bequest, please share this suggested language with your estate advisor.

“I hereby bequeath to Temple Beth Israel, a tax-exempt organization, ID#93-0706752, located at 1175 East 29th Avenue in Eugene, Oregon 97403, the sum of _____ dollars [or alternatively, _____% of residuary estate; description of property; etc.] to be directed by Temple Beth Israel for unrestricted congregational support [or alternatively, for the support of a particular Temple program or facility].”

The generous donors listed here have taken the step to make a genuine impact on our community with a legacy gift to TBI. We invite you to join them in becoming a part of TBI’s Legacy Circle. If you have already remembered TBI in your will or estate plan, please let us know. For more information on how you can become a Legacy Circle member please call us in the TBI office: 541-485-7218 ext. 104.

Check out these videos from out 2016 #GivingTuesday video campaign and hear what our members have to say about Life and Legacy. Click on the photos below to hear their stories. 

Legacy Circle Members

The following people have made Legacy gifts to TBI:

Patti Barkin
Tom Barkin
Joan Bayliss
Svevo Brooks
Ted Carp
Ann Cole 
Marlene Drescher
Maram Epstein
Richard Finkelstein
Bazil Freedman
Dolfy Freinquel 
Judy Goldstein
Rosalie Harris-Eisen
Emily Heilbrun
Rabbi Yitzhak and Shonna Husbands-Hankin
Esther Jacobson-Tepfer
Nina Korican

Alan Leiman and Annette Ooyevaar
Richard Levy
Bernie Maengen
Eleanor Maliner
Jerry Maliner
Irwin Noparstak
Cindi Palman
Nathan & Robin Philips
Robert(z'l) and Gail Pioso
Helen Rosenau
Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein
Sheldon Rubin & Margie Paris
Sharon Rudnick & Arden Olson
Minalee Saks
Diane Schechter
Mindy and Marc Schlossberg
Amy Steckel and Randy Bernstein
Gary Tepfer
Marion Walter
Dena Luna Zaldua 

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Temple Beth Israel is the Center for Jewish Life in Eugene, embracing traditional wisdom with contemporary insight.

We promote the spiritual, educational, and social well-being of our members, the Jewish people of Lane County, and the larger community.  TBI is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and of the Community of Welcoming Congregations (CWC).

We welcome people of all Jewish backgrounds, interfaith families and people exploring Judaism.  Whether you are religious, cultural, atheist, agnostic or searching, there is a place for you at TBI!

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1175 E. 29th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97403
541.485.7218

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