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Sheila and Stanley Schwartz

Sheila and Stanley Schwartz

A Win-Win Friendship With Hadassah
Longtime member Sheila Schwartz and her husband, Stanley, have found charitable gift annuities to be the perfect way to enhance their support of Hadassah—and their retirement income.

Susan and David Shevrin

Susan and David Shevrin

Couple’s Generous Support of Hadassah’s Work Has Roots in Love for Their Mothers
Lifelong Hadassah members Susan and David Shevrin were inspired to include Hadassah as part of their legacy, and hope their story will inspire others.

Bernice Felix

Bernice Felix (z"l)

Bernice Felix was known for her love of fashion and family.
But it was her abiding love for Judaism, Israel and Zionism that motivated her to give generously and regularly to Hadassah, including a transformational gift in her Will that will bring the highest levels of cancer care and research to Israel.

Judy Mason

Judy Mason

Planting for Now and Later
Judy Mason discovers a way to receive regular payments today and make a difference on Hadassah's work tomorrow.

Janet and John Swanson

Janet and John Swanson

Florida Couple Celebrates Life by Giving Back
Learn why Janet and John Swanson give to Hadassah and about the gift they consider "very good retirement planning."

Rhoda Smolow

Rhoda Smolow, National President

"Hadassah Has Changed My Life"
Rhoda Smolow still smiles when she recalls her grandmother's introduction during Hadassah's National Convention in 1985.

Marcia Weiner

Marcia Weiner

Gift Is A Way For Her to Pass on Her Family Values
When Marcia Weiner's mother made her a Life Member of Hadassah, it felt like an obvious choice. In fact, it was in keeping with family tradition.

Helen Spiegel

Doris Levi (z"l)

Former Chapter President's Generosity Lives On in Gift
Doris Levi found community at Hadassah. "It was always her charity," recalls Sharon Taxman, one of Doris' two daughters. Doris was deeply engaged with the Hadassah chapter in Buffalo, New York, including serving as president.

Helen Spiegel

Helen Spiegel (z"l)

A Legacy of Giving Back
In the 1930s in Nuremberg, Germany, young Helen Wasserman noticed the world around her was changing. She loved to enjoy an ice cream cone in the park with her friends. But then one day she wasn't allowed to buy an ice cream cone. Then she wasn't allowed to go the park. And then came Kristallnacht.

Patricia Lapan

Patricia Lapan (z"l)

Gift to Hadassah Honors Values
When Patricia Lapan was only 16, she had an ambitious goal: She wanted to attend nursing school. The year was 1945. Nurses were in short supply, but as World War II ended, they were more necessary than ever. Even so, Patricia's family recalls that she said admissions officers raised their eyebrows and said, "We have never had a Jewish student" and "Jewish girls don't make good nurses."

Vivian Singer

Vivian Singer

Social Worker Gives and Receives
Vivian Singer isn't afraid of hard work—or of giving back. That's probably why she chose to go into social work. After graduating from Columbia University School of Social Work in the early 1970's, she worked for a short time at Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO), where she was the first American social work volunteer.

Judith Diana Winston

Judith Diana Winston

A Gift to Support What Matters
When Judith Diana Winston was a little girl, she loved to help her grandmother get ready to go out. She'd help pick out a special outfit, then watch her grandmother fix her hair with little hairpins. Judith's grandmother was often getting ready for Hadassah luncheons—she was a friend of Henrietta Szold, and little was more important to her than supporting this powerful, female-run organization.

Ruth and Shelly Weinstein

Ruth and Shelly Weinstein

Accident Inspires Meaningful Gift
Ruth and Shelly Weinstein spent most of their adult lives in Wilmington, Delaware, but made aliyah to Jerusalem about six years ago to be near two of their children and many of their grandchildren. They have been Hadassah supporters for as long as they can remember.

Ellen Herhskin

Ellen Hershkin, Past National President

An Exciting Time to Lead Hadassah
Early January was a crazy time for Ellen Hershkin, who stepped up to Hadassah's presidency on New Year's Day. By Sunday, Jan. 10, she was already in Jerusalem, cutting the ribbon for the new surgical complex at Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Ein Kerem.

Dorothy M. Adelman

Dorothy M. Adelman (z"l)

The Art of Helping Hadassah
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.

Charlotte Hirsch Garfield

Charlotte Hirsch Garfield

A Life of Twists and Turns
Charlotte Hirsch Garfield knows a thing or two about the business world. After graduating high school at 16, marrying at 18 and getting her college degree at 20, she became an exporter—"by accident," she explains.

Selma Katz

Selma Katz (z"l)

The Art of Family
For Selma Katz, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 97, supporting Hadassah was practically a family tradition. Every Friday night, Selma, her husband, Larry, and their children would join Selma's parents for Shabbat dinner. "They always had company," recalls Selma's daughter, Terry. "Years later I found out the people we were having dinner with were David ben Gurion and Golda Meir!"

Carole Kerr

Carole Kerr

Hadassah Is Our Faith in Action
Carole Kerr of Naperville, Illinois, has always been a reader. So when she first started thinking about converting to Judaism, she read everything she could on the subject. But Carole knew she had to do more than simply read about Judaism.

Marcie Natan

Marcie Natan, Past National President

Helping to Protect Israel Today and Tomorrow
Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah and a member of the 1912 Legacy Society, admits that when she attended her first Hadassah meeting in 1967, she was simply looking for some decent conversation. With young children at home, Marcie was anxious to meet intelligent, like-minded women.

Florence Pomerantz

Florence Pomerantz

Gifts of the Heart for the Well-Being of Her People
Supporting Hadassah has been a long-standing tradition for the women in Florence Pomerantz's family, and she has been proud to carry on this commitment to her heritage for more than 60 years. Married in 1948, Florence and her late husband, Maurice, spent five wonderful years together until Maurice died suddenly, leaving her to raise their two young sons alone.

Roberta Rosenfeld

Roberta Rosenfeld

Finding Her Joy in Judaism
Growing up in Chicago in the 40's and 50's, Roberta Rosenfeld's home was Jewish—but not at all religious. Roberta ended up receiving much of her Jewish religious education by way of Young Judaea, Hadassah's youth group movement.

Paul and Lorraine Hover Rothstein

Paul and Lorraine Hover Rothstein

Hadassah: 'A Marvelous Example of What Israel Stands For'
Some little girls go door-to-door selling Girl Scout cookies. Lorraine Rothstein, however, remembers knocking on neighborhood doors with a different mission. "My young friends and I were raising money for Israel," she recalls. "The form had an outline of a tree, and every time a neighbor gave us a nickel, that would put a leaf on the tree."

Evelyn Seltzer

Evelyn Seltzer (z"l)

A Legacy of Leadership
Throughout history, personal letters have provided windows into the times, places and hearts of their authors. For Evelyn Seltzer, letters from granddaughter Mia Seltzer Perlman during an academic year in Israel from 2011—2012 offered a link to the heritage they share.

Ruth Stockinger

Ruth Stockinger

Lifetime Payments and a Gift to Hadassah
If you've been through the Publix checkout line in Naples, Florida, you may have met Ruth Stockinger. How do you know? She's genuinely friendly, even though you've just met. She has an authentically positive attitude that leaves you feeling inexplicably happy. The biggest clue: As you pay, she invites you to donate to charity.

Marilyn Weinstein

Marilyn Weinstein

A Heart for Hadassah
Marilyn Weinstein, at 90, divides her year between the two places she calls home: Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she grew up and raised her own family, and Naples, Florida, where she spends the winter. Ask what matters most to her, though, and you'll see she has a special love for a third place: Jerusalem, Israel.

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.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Hadassah, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 40 Wall Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10005
ATTN: Planned Giving & Estates, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

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.

cannot be changed or cancelled

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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