The Emanuel Synagogue is committed to providing our members with spiritual support, meaningful programs, and a beautiful well-maintained synagogue building. Annual giving, over and above dues, is essential to the life of every synagogue, and your generous support helps ensure that The Emanuel continues the commitment into the future. Please consider a gift to any of our campaigns and funds outlined below.
Key Fundraising Appeals
Kol Nidre Annual Giving Appeal
This annual appeal to members before the High Holy Days raises funds to provide synagogue programs, which is generously supported by all congregants. 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:
- Return completed pledge card in the enclosed self-addressed, stamped envelope
- Pay your Kol Nidre Annual Giving Appeal pledge online.
Leave a Legacy
The Emanuel Synagogue participates in Leave a Jewish Legacy a results-oriented, multi year program sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation, dedicated to promote bequest and legacy giving across the Greater Hartford Jewish community. Together, local agencies and synagogues are working toward a common goal of building legacies and endowments that will secure the future of our Jewish community. Leaving a legacy is a great way to ensure the future of The Emanuel Synagogue, and 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
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The Emanuel List of Funds
- General: Contributions to this fund are used where the need is greatest, as determined by our Board of Trustees.
- Discretionary: Intended for charitable purposes for programs that 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.
- Endowment: Provides funds to address program needs over the next generation, supplying the financial foundation to remain dynamic, innovative and inspiring. 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:
- Non-Restricted Named Funds can be established with a minimum contribution of $1,000. Income generated is used for general purposes.
- Special Purpose Named Endowment Funds can be established with a minimum contribution of $5,000 (payable over three years). Income generated is used for a dedicated purpose. Special Purpose Named Endowment Funds are identified below with an * , under Funds with Special Designation
Funds with Special Designation
- Adult Education: Supports current and new lifelong learning 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
- Art Fund: Helps purchase and maintain art throughout the building.
- Accessibility Fund: Provides and maintain equipment necessary to have handicap access to our facilities.
- Irma and Neil Macy Fund
- B’yadeynu/Social Action Fund: Enables The Emanuel to rapidly respond to national and international emergencies, as well as supports programs promoting social justice, ethics, and/or human relations.
- Caring Committee Fund: Provides funding for Caring Committee activities: delivering gifts to home-bound members and holiday packages to college students.
- Defibrillator Fund: For maintaining an onsite defibrillator in case of congregant emergency, and to provide CPR and AED training to staff / volunteers
- Flower Fund: Provides fresh flowers for bimah.
- Garden Funds: To maintain The Emanuel gardens:
- General Garden Fund
- Biblical Garden Fund
- Siegal Garden Fund (Outside of Auditorium)
- * Goodman and Cecelia Banks Fund (outside of Chapel Lobby)
- 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.
- Library Fund: Supports the work of our librarian and Library Committee in acquiring new publications for our library.
- Minyonaires: 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
- Music: Provides funding for Cantor and Music Committee to purchase music and underwrite concerts.
- General Music Fund
- Sharon Barshay Music Fund (an annual musical Shabbat evening service in memory of Sharon Barshay)
- Prayer Book: For purchase / replacement of congregation prayer books and other ritual items.
- General Prayer Book Fund
- * Elizabeth Schatz Fund
- * Ben and Edith Schwab Fund
- Religious School
- Joey Azimova Fund for Special Needs Religious Education
- Parent Teacher Organization Fund
- * Kemler/Torat Hayim Fund for inter-generational programming
- * 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
- Scholarship: 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 Funds
- Sisterhood Torah Fund: A nationwide project of the National Women’s League supporting the work of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
- Sisterhood Tribute Fund: supports the ongoing work of The Emanuel 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.
- Torah Repair: 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
- Youth Activities: Helps support the activities of our Kadima (pre-teen) and USY (teen) youth groups.
- General Youth Activities Fund
- * Kurtis Family Fund
For your convenience, you can make a contribution by:
The Emanuel Synagogue
Attn: Accounts Receivable, Donations
160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford CT 06117