“As my parents planted before me, so shall I plant for my children”



Many members of Congregation Kol Ami (the former Jewish Community Center of White Plains) have had a connection with this congregation for decades. 


You have attended weddings and welcomed babies into the Jewish world; your children have celebrated Bar and Bat Mitzvahs; your children and grandchildren have grown up in the Early Childhood Program, Religious School and Youth Programs. At funerals of loved ones and friends, we have celebrated and honored life.   You have prayed at High Holidays led by our incomparable clergy.   Shabbat Synaplex, Passover Seders, Purim Spiels, Adult Education, have filled your lives with joy, connection and meaning.  There is something for everyone at Kol Ami, regardless of age and interest, and innumerable congregants have given considerable time and energy to create this community.


Thanks to the incredible generosity of so many of you- of all ages and at all stages of life - Congregation Kol Ami remains a dynamic, vibrant entity, with a stellar Clergy and Administration, with programs for everyone and a beautiful new Sanctuary.


There is one more thing we can do to insure that Congregation Kol Ami continues to thrive, and that is to create a Planned Giving program – The Kol Ami Legacy Society.


Planned Giving is a unique form of giving that should not be confused with other kinds of gifts.  As you may know, the Annual Fund supports the annual operating budget;  the Capital Campaign supports special projects such as the recent renovation of the Sanctuary.  Planned Giving allows for the establishment of an Endowment Fund, to ensure the future financial stability and security of Congregation Kol Ami, and the continuation of this vibrant community.


Why should you consider Planned Giving, or naming an organization as a beneficiary of your estate?   After your heirs are taken care of, a Planned Bequest perpetuates what you believe in, the organizations that you value, the ideals you have lived by, and your wishes for the future.  It provides Tzedakah; the peace of mind and personal satisfaction that comes from knowing that the legacy you have worked to create will reflect your values and be distributed according to your wishes.


When making or considering a Planned Bequest naming Congregation Kol Ami as a 

beneficiary  of your estate, you are expressing your wish to:




  • Have Congregation Kol Ami continue its remarkable dedication to  Jewish spiritual, educational, cultural and social fulfillment for  generations to come;
  • Create a legacy during your lifetime that embodies your commitment to Judaism and  your ideals for Jewish community and life;
  • Explore potential tax and other benefits, which should be discussed with

your attorney or estate planner.

  • Know that the significance of your lives continues to bless our world even

beyond your days on this earth.



Each month, a Planned Giving column in The Connection will discuss topics regarding  the importance of wills; how to get started;  issues to consider and discuss with your families and attorneys.   We encourage you to contact Evelyne Klein, Chair, Planned Giving Committee at 914-761-7659; or Janet Hershey, Director of Membership and Development  at  914-949-4717, with any questions.  


Please note that all information and inquiries will be kept in the strictest of confidence.