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Giving Opportunities


"You shall not appear empty-handed, but with your own gift, according to the blessing that God has bestowed upon you." (Deuteronomy 16:16-17)

The concept of tzedakah is central to our faith. Historically Tzedekah represented a concern for righteous behavior and justice. For Jews today, the term tzedakah connotes giving charitable contributions. Your gifts fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah and help ensure that Congregation Shalom provides: 

  • Meaningful and inspiring worship services, 
  • Stimulating educational opportunities for children and adults, 
  • Jewish cultural programming; connection and caring for our congregational community,
  • Fulfillment of our commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world),  
  • K'Lal Israel (the Jewish community worldwide),  
  • Membership to all who wish to join regardless of ability to pay full dues/fees,  
  • Maintenance of our beautiful building.  

Fund Card Donations

We always welcome gifts to a fund. Many options are available to honor individuals, show appreciation to others for the kindness they may have shown you, celebrate all life cycle occasions and memorialize loved ones. Your support and generosity are always greatly appreciated. Click here for descriptions of all the funds.

Tributes on Display: A way to Honor or Remember Someone

Simcha Tree Leaf: Our Simcha Tree is located in the foyer of the Harry S. Pastor School. Leaves are engraved with a message that acknowledges a special milestone such as a birthday, an anniversary, or your appreciation to someone.  Learn more here.

Yahrzeit Plaque: On the Yahrzeit of a loved one, it’s important for those who are living reflect on the individual who has passed away.The person's Yahrzeit plaque will be on display in the Chapel year-round and in the main Sanctuary each year on the week of their passing. Learn more here.

Sustaining Needs: Gifts that are Used Today to Address Immediate Needs

Sustaining Needs represent the essential areas of synagogue operations that are not covered by Annual Commitment. Because Annual Commitment only covers 70% of the synagogue’s expenses, we rely upon your generosity beyond Annual Commitment to support our many worship opportunities, programs and activities, opportunities to study and learn, and to meet our capital needs. Learn more here.

Endowment Gifts: Gifts that Ensure the Synagogue's Future

An Endowment is a specific type of investment that is established to generate revenue for the synagogue. It is the interest, dividends and growth that is withdrawn from the Endowment while the principle remains intact.  

Congregation Shalom currently has three Endowment funds. They are the Congregation Shalom Perpetual Endowment, the Ronald and Judy Shapiro Endowment Fund and the Cantor Karen Berman Legacy Endowment Fund. Contributions to these funds can be made online anytime. 





Clergy Discretionary Funds

Each of our clergy has a discretionary fund. Donations can be made to these funds at anytime. Members often contribute to a clergy’s discretionary fund to thank the clergy for performing a life cycle event. By giving to a discretionary fund, you make a meaningful contribution that will allow our Rabbis and Cantor to provide programs and services that benefit our entire community. 



Legacy Giving

Jewish tradition teaches us that it is our responsibility to make the world a better place for future generations. There are many ways that you might choose to perpetuate Judaism and support the Congregation that has been so pivotal in your life, or your family’s life. Many donors want to leave a legacy or memory of their life through their posthumous giving and these gifts are often made upon someone’s death, but not always.  Gifts of cash or property may be used to make a legacy gift. Learn more here or contact Linda Holifield here or at 414 352-9288 x115.

Fri, September 29 2023 14 Tishrei 5784