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
5775/2015 Annual Fund
Never in recent years has the need for your Annual Fund contribution been greater. We are thrilled to be implementing, with your support, many ideas from our Chazon visioning initiative:
- TST Center for Spirituality
- Meaningful social action projects such as Family Promise
- Interfaith programming
Through these and other new programs, the temple community is connecting and engaging with you and your family in innovative, meaningful and fun ways.
This year, in part due to the never-ending winter, TST has been faced with unanticipated expenditures, including extraordinary snow removal AND significant repairs and maintenance costs to maintain our aging systems. As such, your contribution this year is vital to insuring our financial foundation.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Rabbi Herman and Paula Blumberg URJ Camp Scholarship Fund
This fund provides scholarships for campers to attend the overnight camps of the Union for Reform Judaism located throughout North America. The fund was established in 2015 in honor of Rabbi Blumberg's 80th birthday.
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.
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.
To provide support for congregants in times of need and joy.
To support the Temple’s music program.
To purchase prayer books, tallitot and other religious objects.
Social Action Fund
For tzedakah and acts of kindness in the general and Jewish community.
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.