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Endowment Gifts... Ensuring the Future


For information about B’nai Jeshurun’s Endowment Campaign, please contact: Lorna Siegal, Development Director, at 216-831-6555, ext. 132 or Jay Ross, Executive Director, at 216-831-6555 ext. 107

join our campaign for the next 150 years

Set up your own synagogue endowment fund with a minimum balance of $10,000 and be added to our beautiful new donor wall while donor wall space is available.  A strong endowment allows B’nai Jeshurun to achieve our greatest goals in the coming decades by creating a perpetual income source we can rely on for generations to come. Whether an outright gift today, a planned giving tool like a gift annuity, or a bequest upon one’s passing, endowment support of B’nai Jeshurun ensures a lasting legacy and an enduring impact.

As we move into the next 150 years, we want to ensure that our community gem, B’nai Jeshurun, remains strong, vital and adapts to the changing needs and challenges of our community.


Although unrestricted dollars allow us the greatest flexibility, we recognize that some donors prefer to focus their gift on areas which are nearest to their hearts. List of potential endowment opportunities and funding levels.

  • Unrestricted (Our highest priority– funds will be applied to the area of greatest need)
  • Youth education and programming (such as: religious education, early childhood programming, youth groups, Shabbaton)
  • Religious and congregational education (such as: religious materials, High Holy Day programming, celebration of holidays and festival)
  • Congregational programs and initiatives (such as chesed, Israel, social justice, libraries and technology, family programs, Kiddush and oneg)
  • Adult and congregational education (such as: scholar-in-residence, guest lectures, seminars)

A minimum of $5,000 is required to establish an unrestricted named endowment fund and a minimum of $10,000 to establish a restricted fund and be included on our new endowment fund donor wall while donor wall space is available. Gifts of any size can be made to support B’nai Jeshurun’s endowment.  Click here for a complete list of restricted B'nai Jeshurun endowment funds. 

How to Make an Endowment Gift:

A bequest through your will or naming the synagogue as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan may be used to establish an endowment. Gifts of cash, stock or other liquid assets can establish an endowment that immediately benefits the congregation. Endowments also can be established through various types of deferred or planned gifts.

Sample language for adding a codicil to your will:
“I give $______ (or ____percent of my estate, or ____percent of the residue of my estate) to B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, located at 27501 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124, or its successor or successors for its unrestricted use and purpose." 

Please consider including B’nai Jeshurun in your estate plans, and notify us if you have already done so. We encourage you to discuss your philanthropic plans with your family, financial advisor, and/or attorney. Our synagogue staff is available to work with you and your designated professional to fulfill your vision. Please contact Development Director Lorna Siegal to discuss creating your legacy gift to B’nai Jeshurun.

Legacy Society

B’nai Jeshurun Legacy Society members are dedicated to ensuring the future of our beloved synagogue for generations to come through support of the synagogue's endowment. This Society will acknowledge and thank donors who have chosen to leave a legacy at B’nai Jeshurun through the creation of an endowed fund, including our synagogue in their estate plans, and/or donating at least $1,000 to our endowment.

Contact Development Director Lorna Siegal to learn about becoming a Legacy Society member, to notify us that you have already included the synagogue in your estate plans, or to learn more about doing so.


Menorah Society - $500,000 to $999,999 in endowment donations 
Shofar Society - $100,000 to $499,999 in endowment donations 
Chai Society - $10,000-$99,999 in endowment donations 
Star of David Society - $1,000 to $9,999 in endowment donations 
Visionary Society - Has notified the synagogue of a donation in their estate plans



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