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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!"

In fact, when Golda Meir started the Israel bond drive in the United States, she asked Selma to help. Selma turned to the group she knew she could count on, her Hadassah group in Queens, New York, and later her Elkins Park Hadassah, and used her passion for art as inspiration for planning. Selma organized tours, bringing busloads of women from New York to Washington, D.C., to museums, galleries and private homes to see important pieces of art. While on the bus, she would promote the purchase of Israel bonds for Hadassah.

In addition to these Home and Art Tours, which Selma organized for 40 years, she served on the board of the Woman's Division of Israel Bonds and was a member of its Prime Minister's Club for 25 years. Not only did she and her husband host Eleanor Roosevelt in their home at a 1960 Israel Bonds event, but they entertained Henry Kissinger, members of the Rothschild banking family, artist Marc Chagall and sculptor Jacques Lipchitz. Due to her husband's business, MacAndrews & Forbes—a manufacturer of candy, flavorings, pharmaceuticals and tobacco products—they often traveled often to Iran and were guests at the shah's palace in Tehran.

In addition to traveling the world, Selma—who was originally from New York before moving to Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, and last resided in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, —loved gardening, hosting events and volunteering. "She had class and an incredible sense of style," Terry says. "People valued her." Selma instilled in her daughter the importance of contributing to causes she is passionate about. Selma's family is one of the first four-generation Hadassah families in Philadelphia: "My grandmother, my mother, myself and my daughters," Terry says.

Fittingly, when Selma created her will, she focused not only on her family but also her extended family of Hadassah. She created a gift in her will specifically for the Mother and Child Center at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

"Hadassah was a happy home," Terry says. "It was part of her heart."

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Contact Planned Giving & Estates at (800) 428-8884 or if you have any questions about including Hadassah in your estate plans.

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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