Lynne Elson For me, Jewish continuity is of utmost importance. The synagogue, with its focus on so many aspects of Jewish life, with outreach, education for both children and adults, opportunities to worship and celebrate holidays and life events, ways to volunteer and become involved in doing mitzvot – is the primary instrument for preserving our Jewish heritage. That is why it is important to insure that Temple Adat Shalom remains a focal point in our future. A great way to do this is through a gift annuity. I gave some stock and received a tax credit for that year and have been receiving quarterly payments every year since then. The interest rate for those over age 60 is quite good. So I benefit from my contribution, not only financially, but from knowing that I have helped to perpetuate our Jewish legacy.