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Patricia Lapan

Patricia Lapan (z"l)

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."

She was admitted to nursing school, and at the same time that she was breaking new ground in nursing, Zionist workers across the globe were working to bring another unlikely project into being: the modern state of Israel. Just as Israel succeeded, Patricia found success, too, rising to the top of her class in short order.

She didn't stop there. She went on to become many things others might tell her she couldn't: a businesswoman, lawyer, real estate investor, stock market maven, even a pilot.

Still, Patricia never forgot where she came from or the importance of offering opportunities to others. That's why she made a generous gift in her will to Hadassah before she passed away in 2012, funding the Patricia Lapan Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing Scholarship Program.

"Hadassah is a true blend of many of her most prized values," says granddaughter Lisa Lapan. "Her love of nursing, her Jewish identity, the state of Israel and, above all, education."

The scholarships are changing lives and helping to fill a need for highly trained nurses in Israel. But the impact extends even farther—recipients of the scholarships come from all backgrounds and go on to specialize in multiple nursing fields, and the beneficiaries include 40 Ethiopian students hoping to become nurses in their own communities.

One thing is true for all of them: Admissions officers at Hadassah- Hebrew University School of Nursing will not tell them they won't make good nurses because of their identity. Patricia helped make sure of it.

Like Patricia Lapan, you can help make an impact on the future of Hadassah's lifesaving work. Contact us at (800) 428-8884 or to learn more.

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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."

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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

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the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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

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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.

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