The V’shamru prayer from the Shabbat service asserts that we are guardians of the covenant for future generations. This exemplifies two main aspects of Jewish life: Guaranteeing our community’s well-being and ensuring our tradition’s continuity. Supporting CBE through a future gift satisfies both. When you name CBE as a beneficiary of your will or estate, you are confirming your valuable commitment to our temple’s programs and facilities. All types of gifts are welcome, and donors are recognized as members of the V’shamru Legacy Society.

How to include CBE in your estate plans

Congregation Beth Elohim gratefully accepts all types of gifts from your estate plan. You may make a gift through your will or living trust, or you may name Congregation Beth Elohim as a beneficiary of your IRA or qualified retirement plan, paid-up insurance policy, or bank accounts.

  •   We welcome gifts of real estate. For this gift transaction, we kindly request that your estate executor sells the property and gives the proceeds to Congregation Beth Elohim.
  •   For retirement funds or other assets, you need only designate CBE as a beneficiary on the appropriate forms, just as you would with any individual person. Use CBE’s full name, Congregation Beth Elohim, and its tax identification number 11-1672755.

Suggested bequest/trust language for your attorney:  

I give and bequeath to Congregation Beth Elohim, a New York not-for-profit corporation (tax identification number 11-1672755), the sum of ________ Dollars {or ___% portion/all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate} to be used for its general support.

Please contact Karen Gerwin (, 718-768-3814) to indicate your intentions as part of your estate plan. We are interested in your plans to give to CBE so we can thank you and welcome you into the V’shamru Legacy Society. We want to honor and acknowledge your generous future gifts now to ensure you are aware of our sincere gratitude for your generosity.

Testimonial from CBE member Arthur Celedonia:
Baila Celedonia, January 8, 1945 – December 9, 2019
Her Gift to Congregation Beth Elohim

“In a note attached to her will my wife, Baila Celedonia, wrote, “For Beth Elohim . . .” and the gift amount. I knew she decided to do this several months before she died. She left no other words but I know the gift came from her heart and was given for a reason. As young members in the late 1970s, we attended the evening service of Simchat Torah held in the Sanctuary. During the lively celebration, Baila was given a Torah scroll to hold, carry, and pass on to another congregant. She became very emotional and said, “I never thought I would be free to hold the Torah!” During years of Jewish studies, she had only seen men do it. At that moment, holding the beloved Torah for the first time, Baila felt a special bond with CBE as her Spiritual Home.”