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Dorothy M. Adelman: The Art of Helping Hadassah

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Dorothy M. Adelman is one busy lady. Her schedule is packed with lunch dates, art projects and classes—she teaches an art class of her own each week. And she's kept this busy for a long time: She recently turned 100. "Time creeps up on you when you're busy working hard," Dorothy says.

Dorothy, of Newton, Massachusetts, has worked hard since she was a child. She began fundraising for Young Judaea, the premier Zionist youth movement (then supported by Hadassah and now run by Young Judaea Global, Inc.), when she was 10 years old. "We went out on the streets to collect money. It was fun, but we were very serious about what we had to accomplish."

At 17, Dorothy became a chapter president for Junior Hadassah.

"We held teas and luncheons that brought in a lot of young women who became very active," she recalls.

"As young as we were, we were "determined to raise money to send to Israel to build the Hadassah Hospital."

While a Junior Hadassah president, Dorothy attended a Hadassah conference in Boston— but confesses she spent most of the time with her new beau, Henry. The pair were married for 60 years, during which time Dorothy raised their three children—and began developing her interest in creating artistic works, starting with oil painting but moving into a mixed media style that was her own invention. She started teaching the technique 45 years ago and continues today.

Showing persistence and longevity in everything she does, Dorothy remains committed to Hadassah Medical Organization nine decades later. Her commitment to Hadassah is shared by her sisters. At age 95, Dorothy's sister Sara Gelfond remains very active in the West Orange chapter, of which she is a past president. Her late sister Fay Liebling was president of her chapter in Michigan and was later active on Long Island. "I am very proud of both of my sisters," says Dorothy.

A gift in her will to Hadassah is earmarked for medical research. "I think that's the most necessary area in this world now, if we're going to go into exciting new forms of medical training and accomplish things that no other country can do," Dorothy says. After all, what's more hard work? "I feel it's what we do so well."

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Hadassah a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

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"I give to Hadassah, a nonprofit corporation currently located at (LegalAddress), or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

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tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Hadassah or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Hadassah as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Hadassah as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Hadassah where you agree to make a gift to Hadassah and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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