Gifts That Cost You Nothing Now

Gifts in a will or by beneficiary designation are two easy ways to invest in the future of synagogue life for years to come — and they don’t cost anything now.

Please let us know if you’ve included a gift for USCJ in your will or through a beneficiary designation. Providing us with documentation is the best way to ensure that your gift is used in the way you intend.

Gifts in a Will

Making a legacy gift in your will or trust is one of the easiest and most popular ways to make a lasting impact for USCJ. Once you have provided for your loved ones, we hope you will consider making strengthening congregations part of your life story through a legacy gift.

A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy and offers the following benefits:



Your gift will create your legacy of an authentic and dynamic Judaism



You can alter your gift or change your mind at any time and for any reason



Costs you nothing now to give in this way

Four simple, “no-cost-now” ways to give in your will

General gift

A general bequest is a gift of a specific amount.

Residuary gift
A residuary gift is a gift of all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after specific bequests and expenses have been paid.
Specific gift
A specific gift is a gift of a particular piece of property. For example, real estate, funds in a bank account or shares of a corporation. 
Contingent gift
A contingent gift takes effect only if the primary beneficiary or beneficiaries do not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

You can mix these no-cost ways together

For example, you might consider leaving a specific percentage (such as 50%) of the residual to USCJ contingent upon the survival of your spouse.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use in ensuring that Jews at every age have meaningful opportunities to learn and grow — and it costs you nothing now.

By naming USCJ as a beneficiary of these assets, you can power our mission for years to come and establish your personal legacy of Jewish values and beliefs.

Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:


Reduce or eliminate taxes


Reduce or avoid probate fees


No cost to you now to give


  Create your legacy with USCJ

Types of Gifts

Retirement plan assets

You can simply name USCJ as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to bring congregations together.

Life insurance policies

You can name USCJ as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your life insurance policy. With this gift arrangement, USCJ will receive the proceeds of your policy after your lifetime. You can change your beneficiary at any time and may reduce your estate taxes.

Bank or brokerage accounts

This is one of the easiest gifts to give and one of the most useful in accomplishing your philanthropic goals. The next time you visit your bank, you can name USCJ (Tax ID: 13-1659707) as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD), or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll take a powerful step toward active collaboration among sacred communities for generations to come.

Funds remaining in your donor-advised fund

What remains in a donor-advised fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name USCJ as a “successor” of your account or a portion of your account value, you enable meaning, connection, and wholeness.

How to update a beneficiary designation:


Simply contact your bank, retirement plan administrator, insurance company, or other financial institution to request a beneficiary designation form. You may also be able to log in to your account and update your beneficiaries online.


Please use our legal name: The United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism


Include our tax identification number: 13-1659707


Please let us know so we can ensure that your wishes are carried out.

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