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June 1,2003 Southeastern Virginia Jewish News 3 Tidewater Jewish Foundation News Six Ways to Remember Community By Philip S. Rovner, CPA, CLU TJF Executive Director ere are many ways to remember the mmunity via the Tidewater Jewish undation in your estate plan. Only a few involve any expense or professional fees. You may wish to consider one of the following options: 1. Amend an existing Insurance Policy to Philip Rovner add the Tidewater Jewish Foundation as an additional beneficiary, or simply purchase a new one for our benefit. 2. Visit your personnel office and ask to amend your group life insurance policy or retirement plan to add the Tidewater Jew- ish Foundation as one of your beneficiaries. Or, add us as a recip- ient if another person predeceases you. 3. Instruct your lawyer to prepare a simple, inexpensive codi- cil to your existing will, creating a bequest for the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. - 4. If you are over 55 consider the benefits of placing some of your assets in an Ezra Charitable Gift Annuity. You will receive a set income for life that is not subject to fluctuations in the mar- ket while leaving the remainder to the charity of your choice - benefiting both you and our community. 5. Leave written instructions for your surviving spouse to include the Tidewater Jewish Foundation when redrawing his or her will (which will be necessary in any case). 6. If you have a sizable estate, let us show you how to create a trust that will pay an annual income to the Tidewater Jewish Foundation for a period of years prior to distributing the princi- pal to your children or grandchildren. The income we receive will create a charitable estate tax deduction. This technique may allow you to make a substantial gift, leave assets for your heirs and avoid taxes which might otherwise claim as much as 55 per- cent of your estate. There are many ways to benefit our Community through planned giving with the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, some of which will provide you with positive benefits during your life- time. If you place the Tidewater Jewish Foundation near the top of Your charitable priorities, we hope you will, at a minimum, con- sider naming us as a contingent beneficiary of your will, insur- ance and retirement programs, to receive your estate only in the unlikely event that you outlive all of your heirs. Please let us know how we can serve you by calling us at the Foundation at 671-1600. You can also visit us online at for more information. And thank you for Your longstanding support of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. The Hebrew Academy of Tidewater will hold its Commencement Exercises at 7:30 p.m., June 3, 2003 / 3 Sivan 5763. We Reach Childen Between The Templei QI Ymn Open letter from Minister Natan Sharansky Dear Friends: As the State of Israel s minis- ter for Jerusalem and Diaspora affairs, I feel deeply privileged to write this letter to you on the eve of one of our most meaningful holidays. Yom Yerushalayim, 27 Iyar, which falls this year on May 29, is a significant day in the lives of Israelis and Jews everywhere. Jerusalem has been the center of our national expression for over 3000 years. And ever since the destruction of our Temple over 1900 years ago, Jews throughout world have prayed three times each day for our return. And now, we have returned. Jerusalem represents both the highest expression of our Jewish ideals and spirituality - and the strongest force for internal unity. Only when King David designat- ed Jerusalem as Israel's capital, did our people achieve a national identity. And only when King Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem did our people find unified religious focus. In our time, as well, we have witnessed this power of Jerusalem to unify the Jewish People. When our soldiers reached the Lions' Gate in their campaign to reunify Jerusalem, we very soon witnessed the crumbling of the Iron Curtain enabling the reunification of the Jewish People. Jews on both sides of that miserable barrier experienced an irrepressible surge of Jewish pride, unity and resolve. When Jerusalem is whole, the Jewish People are united. Those of us fortunate enough to live in the capital 9f the sover- eign Jewish State of Israel intensely feel its majesty and magic. Not one day passes with- out my taking a moment to try to fathom the miracle of our return. Yet few of my fellow Jews have visited Jerusalem, and even among those who have, fewer still come today. Nothing is more crucial to our unity, solidarity, and determina- tion than Jews coming to Jerusalem to x;isit, if they cannot yet come to live here. Your presence here gives wit- ness to the importance of our struggle. Your visit here gives testimony to our common des- tiny. We need your encourage- ment and your moral support. We need your association and your enthusiasm. On this Yom Yerushalayim we hope that each Jew who reads this message, and each Jew who holds Jerusalem and the future of the Jewish people dear to his or her heart, will resolve to visit us in Jerusalem at least once in the next year. Until then, I hope to see you in Jerusalem throughout the coming year. Sincerely, Natan Sharansky Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Meril Amdursky joins Foundation staff Returning to Tidewater after 15 years in New York, Meril Amdursky is the new Director of Gift Planning for the Foundation. Meril has experience in account- ing and tax with several major companies, including KPMG and Louis Vuitton. "Moving back to Tidewater was truly like coming home. I'm thrilled to be here and particular- ly excited about the opportunity to further the spirit, vitality and perinanence of the Tidewater Jewish community," says Amdursky. A University of Virginia Com- merce School Alumnus, Meril remained active in Hillel and Israel-related organizations while in Charlottesville. Upon graduat- ing with honors, she spent one year working in Israel on the WUJS program. Growing up in Norfolk, Meril was a performer in the Hurrah Players and active in B'nai Brith Youth Organization, where she first met her soon-to-be-husband, Joe Hearst special occasions. joyous celebrations. omin(l of age ceremonies. everything's kosher. Extraordinary events deserve an extra extraordinary settinq. And that's what you'll find in our exclusive kosher kitchen and beautiful banquet space. 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