The Emanuel Synagogue makes a commitment to provide our members with spiritual support, meaningful programs for children and adults, and a beautiful, well-maintained synagogue building. Your generous support will help ensure that we can continue to make the same commitment into the future. Annual giving, over and above dues, is essential to the life of every synagogue including our own. We hope you will consider a gift to any of our funds as well as the special campaigns that we have from time to time.
Key Fundraising Appeals
As a fundraiser we sell gift cards to many supermarkets, local and national retailers. At no cost to you, you can help The Emanuel meet it’s budget needs. You can purchase gift cards by check or credit card. Find out more at our page dedicated to gift cards.
Kol Nidre Annual Giving Appeal
This annual appeal to members before the High Holy Days is to raise funds for synagogue programs. Pledge cards are included with High Holy Day tickets. Please help us by making your pledge as soon as possible by doing one of the following:
- returning your pledge card in the enclosed self-addressed, stamped envelope;
- paying your Kol Nidre Annual Giving Appeal pledge online.
Our congregants generously support this annual campaign, which helps meet our budgetary obligations.
Leave a Legacy
Leaving a legacy ensures the future of The Emanuel Synagogue. You can do so in the following ways:
- Bequest in your will or trust
- Endowment fund
- Life insurance
- Charitable gift annuity
- Charitable remainder or lead trust
The Emanuel Synagogue is participating in Leave a Jewish Legacy, a program sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation to promote charitable giving through bequests.
The Emanuel List of Funds
Contributions to this fund are used where the need is greatest, as determined by our Board of Trustees.
Provides funds to address our program needs over the next generation, supplying the financial foundation to remain dynamic, innovative and inspiring. Non-Restricted Named Funds can be established with a minimum contribution of $1,000. Income generated by these funds is used for general purposes. Special Purpose Named Funds can be established with a minimum contribution of $5,000 (payable over three years). Income generated by these funds is used for a dedicated purpose. Special Purpose Named Endowment Funds are identified below with an *.
For a current list of endowment funds download the Emanuel Endowment Report ending June 2016. Your donation can be designated to any of our funds.
Discretionary funds are intended for charitable purposes for programs that generally benefit the congregation, but not for normal operating expenses or personal use. Rabbi Small, Rabbi Lazowski, Hazzan Cohn, Ritual Director Moshe Pinchover, and Director of Congregational Learning each have a discretionary fund.
Funds with Special Designations
Supports lifelong learning programs and helps to develop and launch new programs.
- General Adult Education Fund
- Bein Scholar in Residence Fund to bring in scholars for weekend programming.
- * Natalie Ziplow Fund supports the Natalie Ziplow Adult Education Series
Helps purchase and maintain art throughout the building.
Helps provide and maintain equipment necessary to provide handicap access to our facilities.
- Irma and Neil Macy Fund
B’yadeynu/Social Action Fund
Enables The Emanuel to provide a rapid response to national or international emergencies, and supports lecturers and programs that focus on social justice, ethics, and/or human relations.
Caring Committee Fund
Provides funds for the activities of the Caring Committee, including delivering gifts to home-bound members and holiday packages to college students.
To maintain a well functioning defribillator to use when needed to revive congregants having heart problems and to educate staff and congregant volunteers on how to use the machine as well as general CPR.
Ensures that our bimah always has fresh flowers.
Maintains The Emanuel gardens
- General Garden Fund
- Biblical Garden Fund
- * Goodman and Cecelia Banks Fund (outside of Chapel Lobby)
- Siegal Garden Fund (Outside of Auditorium)
Green Building Fund
Supports efforts to lower the carbon footprint of The Emanuel building and maintain the premises in as ecologically friendly way as possible. Funds may also be used to educate the congregation on issues of ecology.
Supports the work of our librarian and Library Committee in acquiring new publications for our library.
Supports activities of the Minyonaires.
- General Minyonaires Fund
- * Rabbi Hans and Alma Bodenheimer Fund
- * Isadore S. and Rebekah M. Geetter Fund
- *Isadore Geetter Minyonaires Fund
The Cantor and Music Committee use these funds to purchase music and underwrite concerts.
- General Music Fund
- Sharon Barshay Music FundSupports an annual musical Shabbat evening service in memory of Sharon Barshay.
Provides for purchase and replacement of the congregation’s prayer books and repair or purchase of ritual items.
- General Prayer Book Fund
- * Elizabeth Schatz Fund
- * Ben and Edith Schwab Fund
- * Kemler/Torat Hayim Fund for inter-generational programming
- Joey Azimova Fund for Special Needs Religious Education
- * Davidson/Geetter Fund for performing arts
- * Miriam Gordon Freed prize for a student who excels in Hebrew
- * Bernard and Anne Greenspon Fund for cultural arts
- * Marjorie S. and Sidney Visner Fund for philanthropic interests
- * Turken/Weingast Fund for family education
- Parent Teacher Organization Fund
Provides scholarships for The Emanuel youth to participate in formal and informal youth education, including camp and trips to Israel.
- General Scholarship Fund
- Camp Ramah Fund
- * Morris and Shirlee Hurwitz Fund
- * Abraham and Rae Koppleman Fund
- * Herman P. Koppleman Fund
- Sisterhood Torah Fund supports the work of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. The Sisterhood Torah Fund is a nationwide project of National Women’s League.
- Sisterhood Tribute Fund supports the ongoing work of Sisterhood, including maintaining the kitchen.
Special Needs Funds
- * Widem Special Needs Fund supports the ongoing inclusion of individuals with special needs in our synagogue community.
Ensures that we are able to keep our Torahs in good repair.
- General Torah Repair Fund
- * Joseph and Dorothy Levine Fund maintains the High Holiday Torah mantels
Helps support the activities of our Kadima (pre-teen) and USY (teen) youth groups.
- General Youth Activities Fund
- * Kurtis Family Fund