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Legacy Giving

"If you are thinking a year ahead, sow a seed.

If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree.

If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people.”


Throughout its 60-year history Congregation Sinai has been known as a warm and welcoming community whose members and children have actively participated in all aspects of synagogue life. Congregation Sinai has also served as spiritual home to many of our community’s Jewish leaders. This remarkable community was not built overnight. Its strength and vitality are testament to the warm hearts and dedication of its members, but it is also thanks to the thoughtful planning of our founders and leaders over the years, and to the generosity of earlier generations that we stand today as a vibrant hub of Jewish life in Silicon Valley, financially and spiritually strong. 

Now it is our turn to plan for the future. It is our turn to assure that our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy this wonderful synagogue for decades to come, after we are gone. It is our turn to be both thoughtful and generous and to envision the ways in which we can contribute to the long-term sustainability of our congregation.

Working in conjunction with nine local community synagogues and Jewish agencies, the Silicon Valley Jewish Federation has recently embarked on a program to create the development of legacy giving programs. Each of these agencies provides a mechanism for families, individuals and trusts to designate a portion of their estates for the benefit of one or more local Jewish institutions. Congregation Sinai has joined this program as part of our efforts to plan effectively for the future, and we encourage you to consider participating by designating a percentage of your assets or a fixed amount as a bequest to the synagogue.

Whether you are a once-a-year synagogue attendee or are so involved that you sometimes feel as if you live at Congregation Sinai, you can help secure the financial stability of our community in the years ahead through this simple process.

For further information, please contact Joelle Pluemer at (408) 264-8542 or [email protected].