One day, Honi the Wise One was walking on the road and saw a man planting a carob tree. Honi asked the man, “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?”
The man replied, “Seventy years.”
Honi then asked the man, “And do you think you will live another seventy years and eat the fruit of this tree?”
The man answered, “Perhaps not. However, when I was born into this world, I found many carob trees planted by my father and grandfather. Just as they planted trees for me, I am planting trees for my children and grandchildren so they will be able to eat the fruit of these trees.”
Leave a Lasting Legacy
Our spiritual and communal landscape is shifting, and no one really knows how our institutions will be reshaped by the changing dynamics.
But one thing we do know: As long as we have an American Jewish community, we will have a need for vibrant, creative, engaging and welcoming centers of Jewish life. Whatever changes take place, wherever the pieces may fall, synagogues will remain the backbone of that ever-changing community.
Our CEEW endowment is a fund that is invested to serve as a continual source of stability and income for the synagogue.
Still Going 80 Years Later
Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. We have set forth an ambitious goal of laying the foundation for a $1 million + endowment. A strong endowment allows CEEW to achieve our greatest goals in the future by creating a perpetual income source we can rely on for generations to come. Whether an outright gift today, a planned giving tool like a gift annuity, or a bequest upon one’s passing, endowment support of CEEW ensures a lasting legacy and an enduring impact.
As we move into the next 80 years, we want to ensure that our community gem, CEEW, remains strong, vital and adapts to the changing needs and challenges of our community.