Legacies

“A generation leaves and a generation arrives
and the world stands forever.”
King Solomon

One of the most generous and lasting ways to sustain Beth Shalom is through a gift in your will. Unlike most charitable donations, legacies can be planned many years before they are received. As a result, they reflect the values of the donor as much as the needs of the synagogue. Once our new synagogue opens its doors, legacies will become part of the fabric linking past, present and future.

As a result, they reflect the values of the donor as much as the needs of the synagogue. For our new synagogue, legacies will become part of the fabric linking past, present and future.

“Tzedakah (charity) and acts of kindness are the equivalent of all the mitzvot of the Torah”
Jerusalem Talmud, Pe'ah 1:1
Yes, if you would like:

  • to make a more significant contribution to Beth Shalom than you can presently afford
  • to name a space in the new synagogue, or to honour the memory of a loved one
  • to purchase a new Torah scroll or collection of prayer books for the congregation
  • to create a fund to support any aspect of community life that you feel is important (for example, Cheder teaching, community outreach or building maintenance)
  • to give land, shares or property to Beth Shalom
  • to help Beth Shalom meet its most pressing future needs, whatever they may be.

Unrestricted gifts are the most adaptable form of support

No, it’s very easy.

You can include Beth Shalom in your will any time you revise it, or by adding a codicil. It is a good idea to take professional advice from a solicitor, who will be able to discuss your plans in relation to your personal circumstances.

If you know exactly how much you would like to give, you may wish to leave a fixed sum (pecuniary legacy) to Beth Shalom. For example:

“I direct my executors to pay the Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Cambridge (registered charity 1136605), for its general purpose, the sum of £_____.”

Alternatively, you may choose to contribute whatever remains of your estate once your family has been provided for and all other gifts distributed; this is called a ‘residuary legacy’:

“I direct my executors to pay to the Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Cambridge (registered charity 1136605) for its general purpose, all (or ______%) of the residue of my estate.”

A third type, the ‘specific legacy’, involves a gift of property, such as shares, land or personal possessions:

“I direct my executors to make over to the Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Cambridge (registered charity 1136605) for its general purpose, my _______.”

All legacies are tax-efficient and may benefit your family, as charitable gifts will be deducted from your estate before inheritance tax is calculated.

Planning a special gift

If you are considering a fund or a gift of property, then it’s a good idea to consult with us before adding a codicil to your will. We can help to ensure that the wording for your fund is flexible and relevant, and that your gift of property will be valued and used.

If you would rather not discuss your gift beforehand, then be assured that your written instructions will be carefully followed.