Imagine if you could give a gift that would last forever. Imagine what that gift could do.



A Partnership for a Strong Tomorrow


LIFE & LEGACY™ is a program that helps individuals and families create legacy gifts, providing a permanent source of support for the Jewish causes they care about. The program was founded on the principle that all of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, can make an enduring financial impact.

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation are sponsoring this program in partnership with area synagogues, agencies and day schools. Together, we will create an even brighter future for our community.







Meet the Tidewater LIFE & LEGACY community partners!



Temple Emanuel

By Sarah Davis


There’s one turn, right before you reach Temple Emanuel, where you feel everything change. It’s just transformative. You exit the freeway and ride down the beach roads and see neighbors sitting out on their porches, rocking away in the afternoon sunshine. 


You see these things, and you just exhale. You have breathing space.


The first time I arrived, I didn’t know where to park. It’s street parking of course, but you never know where you might get a ticket. I pulled in front of someone’s home and saw them outside, tending to their garden. “Can I park here?” I asked. 


“Going to the synagogue? Of course, you can!” 


That conversation summarizes the energy surrounding Temple Emmanuel: friendly, warm, and welcoming. The two buildings sit across the street from each other, walking distance from the beach. Whereas one building is reserved as a place for children to learn the foundations of Judaism and community, the other is a place for worship, celebration, and fellowship. 


Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey with Judaism, whoever you love, and whatever your ethnicity, there is a place for you here. Our philosophy is about finding ways to create a modern Jewish identity in a busy, overscheduled world in a community where you’re embraced for your differences, not in spite of them. 


The programming and options for families give Temple Emanuel a chance to share our goal of embracing diversity. Through engaging worship services such as Friday Light and Shabbat Shirah, which incorporate singing, performances, and interactive storytelling led by our Rabbi, Temple Emanuel is able to create a modern, enjoyable service.


This is a place where you can be yourself, where you can breathe, and where you will feel welcome because you don’t ever have to hide. This is a place to exhale.


Leaving a LIFE & LEGACY gift to Temple Emanuel will help to ensure that our community continues to thrive and give us the opportunity to create an endowment that will support our community for years to come. Whatever your means, any LIFE & LEGACY gift means the world to us.


Imagine what that gift could do.


  • Educate our Children
  • Care for our elderly
  • Feed the hungry
  • Strengthen Jewish identity
  • Preserve our culture and heritage
  • Support our synagogues
  • Protect and strengthen Israel
  • Make a difference in the lives of future generations

Imagine if you could give a gift that would last forever.


Imagine a gift that enables you to perpetuate the Jewish traditions and values you cherish, to preserve the programs and institutions of special importance to you and to make a permanent statement of your values to your family and your community.


For more information on LIFE & LEGACY, contact Scott Kaplan at or 757.965.6109. To make your legacy promise, click here