Giving Opportunities

Enhanced Membership Participation

Each year, we ask that those who are able to increase their membership level to do so at an enhanced level. These enhanced levels include the following and donors are acknowledged on the plaque immediately outside of the sanctuary:

Haverim (Fellows)             $1,272

Chai (Life)                            $1,872

Re’im (Benefactors)            $3,672

Malachim (Angels)             $5,472

These dues are in addition to regular annual dues and specifically help to defray the costs for families who cannot afford to pay their full dues.

Annual Fund

This cornerstone fund raising appeal invites our congregation to provide annual support coincident with the High Holy Days, a traditional time to support one’s synagogue. This financial participation is essential because dues and tuition are not sufficient to maintain a progressive Jewish presence in the.

In addition, the donations ensure that our programs are fully funded and that all who wish to join our congregation and participate in our community can do so regardless of their ability to pay. At Temple Sinai, no one is turned away due to financial hardship.

Planned Giving

By including Temple Sinai in your financial and estate plans, you may increase your current income and provide future support for areas of the congregation that are important to you. Often, you can make a larger gift than you might have thought possible, while also benefiting yourself and your family. Planned gifts may be eligible for immediate tax deductions or reduce estate taxes for you and your children.

Honor a loved one with a leaf on our Tree of Life, mark the passage of a child’s graduation on our newly installed Sinai Wall of Scholars, or remember a Yahrzeit with a dedication on our Sanctuary wall.

To learn more about participating financially at Temple Sinai or to address any questions, please contact Joe Slade, Executive Director, at jslade@templesinaibc.org [hyperlink] or (201) 568-3035, ext. 201.

Tree of Life

Honor a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a new baby, a special birthday or anniversary by contributing to this art work on the wall of the Temple lobby with an engraved, permanent installation:

Brass leaf               $500

Copper leaf            $1,000

Pomegranate         $1,800

Garden rock           $3,600

Yahrzeit

Your donation pays tribute to those beloved family members and friends who are no longer with us, but whose memory is very much alive.

Special Funds

Temple Sinai has established Special Funds that support specific areas of synagogue life and activities. Gifts of any size are welcomed and greatly appreciated and you may select where you would like your donation to be credited. (List below)

Adult Education Fund

Help fund the weekly Shabbat Torah Study Group, adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program and other Adult Education programs.

 Bill Kaplen Memorial Youth Fund

 Brotherhood

Support the ongoing speaker program, and numerous other social and community activities.

Early Childhood

Help support our early childhood program.

Early Childhood Scholarship Fund

Help provide scholarships for our youngest students attending the Early Childhood Center.

Ezra Fund for Member Support

Assist congregants in need with financial support specifically for Temple membership commitments.

Lynn & Lizzie Koch Education Fund

Help enhance the academic experience of our children. This fund is in honor of Lynne and Lizzie Koch, devoted and beloved members of the Temple Sinai ECC and Religious School.

Paul Winter Helping Hands Fund

Named for a beloved Temple member, this fund provides outreach and support to congregants in time of need.

Prayerbook Fund

Provide for the upkeep of existing books and their eventual replacements.

Religious School Scholarship Fund

Help provide scholarships and support for a Jewish education at Temple Sinai.

Richard S. Wolfman Family Music Fund [SC: Rename from “Wolfman Music Foundation].

In appreciation of our Cantor, provide support for musical presentations that enhance our spiritual experience at Temple Sinai.

The Leslie Simon Simcha Fund

Contributions to this fund enrich Jewish holiday celebrations for our children.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

In appreciation and in honor of the work of Rabbi Millstein, funds are used to support people in need, as well as Temple and community programs.

Summer Scholarship Fund

Help to supplement tuition for URJ Summer Camps and NFTY Programs to Israel for the children of Temple members who could not otherwise afford these invaluable programs.

Rabbi Educator Discretionary Fund

In appreciation and in honor of the work of Rabbi Kramer-Mazer, funds are used to support people in need, as well as Temple and community programs.

Renaissance

Help to support programs for congregants 55+.

Sisterhood Fund

Support the many educational, social and cultural programs run by the Sisterhood.

Social Action

Help focus on the political and social needs of our community

Temple Operating Fund

Help Temple Sinai bridge the gap between membership dues and other income and the programs and services provided.

Torah Fund

These funds are used to maintain our beautiful Torahs, their bindings, covers, stands and silver adornments.

Youth Group Fund

Support this fun, socially responsible recreation program for our teenagers. These social and educational programs build on the Jewish education and spirituality students begin in Religious School.

Sinai Wall of Scholars

Honor your child as he or she celebrates the milestone of graduating from the Early Childhood Center.  Memorialize this event with a permanent, engraved plaque for $180, to be incorporated into the design of a mural depicting the Five Books of Moses and exhibited in the hallway of our Religious School.

Corporate Matching

Many corporations match charitable giving from their employees.  Temple Sinai of Bergen County is a 501(c)(3) organization.  We urge you to ask your employer for the appropriate forms and information for submission to the office for processing.  Please do not miss this opportunity to add to your donation.

Hineini for Our Spiritual Home

The vision of Temple Sinai’s Hineini Capital Campaign is to complete a full renovation of our building and create an endowment to sustain our community.

Over the past 65 years, life in general and congregational life at Temple Sinai has changed so much, but our facility has changed very little. Our Board of Trustees, in partnership with our clergy and professional staff, is committed to renovating our building to reflect Temple Sinai’s role as the flagship synagogue for Reform Jews in Northern New Jersey. Just as the five founding families did for us 65 years ago, it’s our turn now to create our legacy. In the same way that you are participating meaningfully in life at Temple Sinai, please participate financially in our Capital Campaign in an amount that is meaningful to you. Every gift is truly appreciated and important.