Giving/Tzedakah

Tzedakah is the great Jewish tradition of contributing from individual resources toward the good of the whole community. Rabbinic teaching informs us that the construction of the Temple was not completed until everyone had contributed to the effort, and that the very strength of the community was dependent upon the good will and donations of each and every one of our ancestors. At Temple Shir Tikva, we honor that tradition, and treasure each and every gift to strengthen our sacred Jewish community. Whether you choose to remember family, friends or others for the kindness they have shown, celebrate special occasions, or memorialize a special individual, your contribution allows us to:

  • Support Temple Shir Tikva’s mission and commitment to excellence
  • Provide inspiring and spiritual opportunities for worship
  • Offer innovative educational programming for all ages
  • Maintain connection, caring and help to those in need
  • Foster our commitment to tikkun olam, repairing the world
  • Strengthen our ties to Israel and the greater Jewish community
  • Welcome all who desire to join our community, regardless of ability to pay 

Your generous gift is very much appreciated. Donations are listed monthly in the printed version of  Hineni and on the temple website in the Members Area.

" The Eternal spoke to Moses saying: You shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart is so moved." Exodus 25:1-2

Core Funds for Sustaining
Temple Shir Tikva

Annual Fund

Temple Shir Tikva is a sacred Jewish community that is committed to keeping our doors open to all, regardless of the ability to pay full dues or school fees. While our leadership takes seriously the goal of operating on a budget that is grounded in fiscal responsibility, the fact remains that often congregants face financial challenges that require some level of dues abatement. Our Annual Fund allows us to maintain excellence as we worship, learn and gather together even as we ensure that membership remains open to everyone in our community. We deeply appreciate all gifts to our Annual Fund to help us foster an inclusive and financially secure community.

Mortgage Reduction Fund

Retiring our current mortgage is a pressing financial goal. Eliminating this obligation will relieve a large expense from our annual budget and help us redeploy resources toward the continued excellence of our worship services, educational programs and other congregational offerings.

Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund provides income for future plans and needs through investment. The principal remains intact and only a portion of the accrued earnings are spent each year for unrestricted general purposes or for specific purposes as designated by donors within the mission of the Temple. The Endowment Fund allows us the financial security to plan for expenditures outside the scope of our regular annual budget in order to build the future of Temple Shir Tikva with confidence.

Clergy Funds

The clergy funds provide assistance to individuals and projects as determined by the Rabbis and Cantor. 

Rabbi Gold's Discretionary Fund

Rabbi Gubitz's Discretionary Fund

Cantor Schachner's Discretionary Fund

Other Funds

The David Passer Annual Social Justice Lecture Fund

This fund was instituted as a tribute to our former Executive Director, David Passer. Each year, we will host a speaker who will focus on a social justice topic making it another piece of the foundation of community.

Adopt-a-Family Fund

To support and make connections with Israeli victims of terror.

Building and Furnishings Fund

To enhance the building and grounds with art, capital and landscape improvements, additional sanctuary seating and other furnishings.

Adult Learning Fund

To enhance programming for adult learners of the congregation.

Library Fund

To enhance the collection of the Shir Tikva library.

School Enrichment Fund

To enhance the programming of the Religious School for grades K – 6.

Youth Community Fund

To enhance the programming of the Youth Community for grades 7 – 12.

Kesher Fund

To provide support for congregants in times of need and joy.

Music Fund

To support the Temple’s music program.

Ritual Fund

To purchase prayer books, tallitot and other religious objects.

Social Action Fund

For tzedakah and acts of kindness in the general and Jewish community.

Sisterhood Fund

To support Sisterhood activities.

Study in Israel Scholarship Fund

To provide our youth with the opportunity to live and study in Israel for an extended period of time.

Tzedakah Box at Temple Shir Tikva