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Planned Giving

Planned giving through Congregation Beth Israel makes you a permanent partner with the oldest synagogue in San Diego and ensures that our synagogue will be here well into the next century. Securing a future for our community can also result in financial security for you and your family. Depending on the option chosen, benefits may include:

  • Income payments for life
  • Income and estate tax deductions
  • Avoidance of capital gains taxes

Examples of planned giving options:

Outright Gifts of Cash, Securities or Appreciated Stock

A direct contribution of cash, stock or property is the easiest way to make a planned gift to Congregation Beth Israel through its Endowment Fund. For many donors, a gift of marketable securities is the most advantageous way of giving. When a donor gives appreciated securities which have been held longer than six months, the donor is entitled to an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities and generally, the donor will not be taxed on the capital gain. Offers of gifts of real estate will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Named Funds

An outright gift or pledge endows a named fund at Congregation Beth Israel, giving you the opportunity to honor your family or someone you love in a significant, lasting way. To arrange a gift or to learn more please contact Executive Director Lesley Mills, 858 535-1111.


Naming Beth Israel in your will or adding a codicil to your will is the most popular way to make a planned gift. If you do this, we would love to hear about it so we can thank you.

Income Plans

Through the use of a charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity or pooled income fund, you may make a gift to Beth Israel and receive life income for yourself and your spouse or beneficiary. These gifts achieve tax deductions for you and upon your death, the principal is paid to Beth Israel's Endowment Fund.

Life Insurance

If a donor irrevocably assigns a life insurance policy to Beth Israel (as sole beneficiary and owner of the policy), this will result in an income tax deduction in an amount roughly equal to the cash value at the time of the gift.

Additional Note

Since descriptions of these various methods of giving are necessarily brief, individuals who are considering a planned gift are encouraged to discuss their personal situations with their legal and financial advisors. The Endowment – Planned Giving Committee and Jewish Community Foundation are available for further information and assistance to you and your advisors. For more information regarding planned giving at Congregation Beth Israel, please contact Executive Director Lesley Mills, 858-535-1111.

Congregation Beth Israel does not have a formal program to accept donations of goods or services, but we will be happy to offer suggestions.