By some definitions, a mitzvah is a charitable act or good deed. According to some, it’s a commandment or the fulfillment of Jewish law. But the most telling explanation is that a person’s own definition of mitzvah is a key indicator of what type of Jew that person is.
Mark and Carole Friedlander define “mitzvah” as an obligation, as the right thing to do. And put simply, that was the reason behind their decision to include Rodef Sholom in their planned giving.
Carole and Mark are long-time members of the congregation, having joined in 1972 when they moved from Rochester, New York. They and their family have celebrated every life cycle as part of Rodef Sholom, from their children’s b’nai mitzvah to confirmations, weddings and funerals. They have contributed actively, giving their time and resources in many ways. Carole, a former teacher and active volunteer, was president of Sisterhood and the temple Board of Directors, and was part of many important steps in financial long-range planning. Mark was also a member of the Board and was significantly involved in initiating the Endowment Fund.
So it was only natural for them to include Rodef Sholom in their own planned giving--without being asked. Mark, a retired CPA, fully understands the need for a steady source of income for the temple. Says Carole, “We know what it takes to keep Rodef Sholom going and we know personally how important it has been to us over all these years. We want it to be there for future generations.”
Mark and Carole’s generosity allows Rodef Sholom to continue its enduring holy work as well as provide for new programs in the future.
Please join Mark and Carole and the more than 100 Legacy Circle members by including Rodef Sholom in your planned giving.
To learn more about planned giving, join us for the 2nd Annual Discussion on Estate and Legacy Planning with a special presentation on Ethical Wills led by Rabbi Michael Lezak on Sunday, March 6, 9:30 am-11:15 am in the sanctuary. A light breakfast will be available in the social hall at 9:00 am. Please RSVP to Jane at email@example.com or 479.3441. Thank you.