Giving Opportunities

Enhanced Membership Participation: Haverim, Chai, Re’im and Malachim

Each year, we ask that those who are able to increase their membership level do so. Enhanced levels include:

  • Haverim (Fellows)
  • Chai (Life)
  • Re’im (Benefactors)
  • Malachim (Angels)

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. Donors are acknowledged on the plaque displayed just outside of the Sanctuary.

Annual Fund

Our Annual Fund is essential, as dues and tuition alone cannot cover the costs of maintaining a progressive Jewish presence in this area, or the proper education of our students. Donations to our Annual Fund 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 true 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.

Names and Descriptions

Tree of Life – Honor a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, new baby, special birthday or anniversary with an engraved, permanent installation on this beautiful artwork featured on the wall of the Temple lobby. Options include:

  • Brass Leaf – $500
  • Copper Leaf – $1000
  • Pomegranate – $1,800
  • Garden Rock – $3,600

Special Funds

Special Funds support specific areas of synagogue life and activities. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated. You may select where you would like your donation to be credited.

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

Religious School Scholarship Fund – Help provide scholarships and support for a Jewish education at Temple Sinai.

Religious School – Help support our Religious School.

Lynn & Lizzie Koch Education Fund – Help enhance the academic experience of our children.

Early Childhood – Help support our early childhood program.

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

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

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

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

Renaissance Fund – Support programs for congregants age 55+.

The Leslie Simon Simcha Fund – Contributions to this fund enrich Jewish holiday celebrations for our children.

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

Youth Group Fund – Support this fun and socially responsible recreation program for our teenagers. These social and educational programs build on the Jewish education and spirituality students begin in 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.

Ezra Fund for Member Support – Assist congregants in need with financial support specifically for Temple membership commitments.

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.

Rabbi-Educator’s 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.

Summer Scholarship Fund – Help 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.

Richard S. Wolfman Family Music Fund – In appreciation of our Cantor, provide support for musical presentations that enhance our spiritual experience at Temple Sinai.

Social Action – Help focus on the political and social needs of our community.

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. This Fund is in honor of Lynne and Lizzie Koch, devoted and beloved members of the Temple Sinai ECC and 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.