Ways To Give

We welcome your gift to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, here are some ways to give:

Food Drive
The hunger crisis in our city urgently needs help.  Rodeph Sholom congregants can respond to the mitzvah of feeding the hungry through our annual food drive. The money collected is distributed to established West Side, local, and city-wide organizations serving the Jewish community as well as the New York community-at-large. In addition, food donated by congregants during the annual Yom Kippur Food Drive is donated to City Harvest.
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Backpack Buddies
This response to childhood hunger, serves children who are food insecure, meaning they do not have access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. CRS currently distributes 35 backpacks full of food weekly on Friday afternoons through the Lincoln Square neighborhood Center, with hopes to expand to 70 backpacks per week.  Every Friday during the school year we deliver full backpacks and pick up empty backpacks to pack for use the following weekend.
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Temple Operating Fund
The fund is used to supplement the operating income of the congregation, which is primarily comprised of membership dues. Gifts are allocated wherever there is the most need. The fund includes the Homeless Shelter Fund as well as honor/memorial gifts.
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Yahrzeit Donation Fund
On the anniversary of a beloved one’s death, congregants are sent a reminder and may wish to make a gift in memory of their beloved – a way to make the memory tangible in the world.
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Prayer Book Fund
This fund provides for upkeep and replacement of the various prayer books used by the congregation on a weekly and holiday basis.
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Youth Programming Fund
This fund has been created to support programs for the youth of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, such as teen or young adult educational experiences with Reform Jewish contemporaries.
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Religious School Scholarship Fund
This fund provides assistance to youth for attendance at Religious School and/or for B’nai Mitzvah process as part of their religious education at Rodeph Sholom. The Fund is available to subsidize Religious School tuition and instruction fees associated with the B’nai Mitzvah process.
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Adult Education Fund
This fund helps cover a variety of continuing education opportunities for the synagogue and community, such as Basic Hebrew, Tuesday night classes, multi-week courses or an evening with an outstanding guest lecturer. Whether you can contribute some or all of the year’s costs, your donation will be invaluable.
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Israel Trip Donation Fund
This fund helps subsidize long and short-term programs in Israel for the youth of our Congregation as part of their Jewish education. Your gift could make a difference and provide that special spark that will imbue our youth with a shared sense of peoplehood and excitement about our Jewish identity.
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General Music Fund
This fund allows Rodeph Sholom to undertake projects such as the recently created CD compilation of our Shabbat melodies featuring Cantor Garfein and our Rodeph Sholom musical forces. Future projects will be undertaken as funds allow.
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Clergy Discretionary Funds
Enable our Clergy members to help congregants in times of need and support projects of special interest, both within the congregation as well as in the wider community.
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Yom Kippur Appeal
This annual campaign is the primary development initiative for the congregation.  The annual support of all congregants, parents, and friends is solicited by the Board, volunteers, and staff. Gifts to the Appeal help bridge the 65% gap between membership dues and actual operating costs. Gifts to the Appeal also make sure that the synagogue never has to refuse membership to anyone who wants to be a part of this community, whatever their financial means.

All gifts are meaningful and very much appreciated.  Gifts at the Rabbi’s Circle levels (Sapphire,  $25,000; Emerald, $18,000; Platinum, $10,000) and President’s Club levels (Ruby, $7,500; Gold, $5,000; Silver, $2,500; Bronze, $1,800) receive special recognition.
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Underwriting Possibilities
Members and friends may fund new initiatives or provide budget relief for costly projects so that more funds will be available for education and other activities. A donor can either totally or partially underwrite a project. Learn more about Underwriting Possibilities »

Special Endowment Funds
Rodeph Sholom has Special Endowment Funds that support various areas of the synagogue, including music programs, the purchase of library books, decorative restoration and maintenance of the synagogue, among others.

Gifts of any size are appreciated and may be credited toward existing funds. Gifts of $100,000 or higher can be used to establish a new endowment fund named in honor of, or in tribute to, the donor(s) or someone designated by the donor(s).

Please contact Deborah Siegel at (646) 454-3050 or send an email to gro.cynsrcnull@tnempoleved to get further information about endowments and how to establish a permanently named endowment fund through an outright or planned/estate gift.
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Yahrzeit Plaques
Congregation Rodeph Sholom has a tradition of offering memorial plaques to members who wish to remember loved ones in this customary manner. During the week of yahrzeit, a light is lit next to the name of the departed. The lights beside all the memorial plaques in the sanctuary are also lit for Yizkor services during the holidays (Yom Kippur, Shemeni Atzeret/Simchat Torah, Passover, and Shavuot). $3,000 per Memorial Plaque.

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For transfer instructions for gifts of appreciated stock, click here.

If you have any questions, contact the Development Department at gro.cynsrcnull@tnempoleved or (646) 454.3050.


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