Life and Legacy testimonial from Paula and Sal Caputo: A gift from one generation to the next
When Paula and I were asked to consider committing to make a legacy gift to Temple Emanuel, we responded with an unequivocal yes. There are two main reasons for this, which we’ll get to in a moment, but first let’s be clear what we’re discussing.
A legacy gift is what you leave behind from your worldly belongings when you pass on. Many of us don’t like to contemplate our own mortality, but we go about the task of preparing anyway. Whether we buy life insurance to help our survivors or write a will or set up a trust or develop any of a myriad of possible strategies for what to do about what we leave behind, most of us go ahead and line up those details.
Why? There are many reasons, of course, but we believe that one key motivation that’s common to the vast majority of people who do prepare is to take care of their loved ones.
That brings us right back to one of our main reasons for committing to a Life and Legacy gift to Temple Emanuel. I was struggling through a dark period in my life when I first came to Temple Emanuel. I have to admit that sometimes I feel like a waif who washed up on a friendly shore, where people took me in and held me close. When Paula and I got together, she immediately felt the warmth here. In the 11 years since, this synagogue has become a home for our family in times of joy as well as times of trouble. As this synagogue was here for us when we needed it, we want to ensure that it will be here far into the future for others who will come to need the same touch of community that I experienced.
That brings us to our other main reason: We loved the idea of the Life and Legacy program even before we were asked to participate. It is a great program that encourages us to invest in the future. It reminds me of the story of the man planting a carob tree that would not bear fruit for 70 years. Although he was fairly certain he would not live to enjoy the fruit of the tree, he said, “When I was born, I found many carob trees planted by my father and grandfather. Just as they planted trees for me, I am planting trees for my children and grandchildren.”
The idea of a tree, which grows from something small – whether a sapling or a seed – is the important part here. A legacy gift does not have to be large in order to bear great fruit in the years to come. We don’t have a great fortune, but we know our gift, properly invested and coupled with the gifts of others like us, can build over time to provide a stable, sustainable future to Temple Emanuel.
I feel so strongly about the program and about the future of our temple that I agreed to head up our Life and Legacy Committee. If you feel about the temple like Paula and I do, I look forward to welcoming you to our L’Dor V’Dor Society, those who have pledged a legacy gift to our Life and Legacy program. It’s the commitment that counts. After all, the tree won’t grow without someone committed to planting it.
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