Eitz Chayim



You Don’t Have to Be Wealthy to Leave a Legacy

For each of us, membership in Temple Beth-El is personal. Your stage in life and lifestyle makes a difference in how you feel about the foundation of your Jewish life and how Temple Beth-El supports you.

The Jewish people have always found ways to ensure our future. We’re excited about a unique program called Life & Legacy™ that is open to all of us who would like to create our own personal way to further the future of Temple Beth-El and our San Antonio Jewish Community.

Philanthropist Harold Grinspoon established Life & Legacy, a national effort that launched four years ago. The program assists local Jewish communities in promoting after-lifetime giving. Life & Legacy asks the question, “Can Jewish communities be motivated to become proactive in encouraging widespread legacy giving?” The Harold Grinspoon Foundation will match 33% of our partner’s annual LIFE & LEGACY budget for four years, up to a maximum of $100,000 a year. This great effort is led and supported by our own Jewish Federation of San Antonio.

This is a unique everyone-can-do-it program. After-lifetime giving is the key. Without impacting your current lifestyle, you can be remembered forever with a gift to Temple Beth-El in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy while still providing for family and entities you had planned to support. San Antonio’s 11 Jewish agencies and congregations have joined the effort, and now you can do it, at whatever personal after-lifetime gift level you choose. You don’t have to be a wealthy donor to leave a heartfelt lasting legacy. That’s what’s so great about this wonderful program. Every legacy gift provides for Temple Beth-El’s future generations.

You will begin seeing the LIFE & LEGACY logo, posters, and pamphlets everywhere. Our Life & Legacy donors at Temple Beth-El are people just like you who believe in the importance of passing on traditions and teachings of the Torah that preserve a fair and just world. Please join us with your Letter of Intent! Call Rabbi Alan Berlin for more information, or ask a member of your Temple Board of Trustees who has already committed to this great program. 

Legacy Giving is Transforming our Jewish Community—Plan your Gift Now


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Eitz ChayimTree of Life Legacy Society


Temple Beth-El has established a formal planned giving program called the Eitz Chayim – Tree of Life Legacy Society. We are grateful to those who have already included Temple Beth-El in their estate planning, and have benefited greatly from those who left a bequest to the congregation. With this endeavor, we invite you to leave a perpetual gift to Temple Beth-El by joining our Legacy Society.

If you would like more information about leaving an enduring legacy by including Temple Beth-El in your estate plan, please contact Rabbi Alan Berlin, Executive Director, at (210)733-9135 extension 118. If you have included Temple Beth-El in your estate plans, notify us and you will be enrolled as a member of our Legacy Society. 

We want to acknowledge your commitment publicly and thank you along with other generous donors. Please let us know how we should list your name in Eitz Chayim – Tree of Life Legacy Society documents as well as other Temple publications. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please tell us.

We are grateful to our Eitz Chayim - Tree of Life Legacy Society Charter Members