Ways to Support Temple Israel
Though the Hebrew word tzedakah actually means “justice” or “righteousness”, in Judaism it’s come to define the act of charity – helping those in need. In turn, the act of charity is an act of justice and righteousness.
To sustain all that Temple Israel strives to provide our Jewish community – inspirational worship, leading-edge educational opportunities, innovative social action projects, and exceptional cultural programming – requires tzedakah.
Whether spontaneous or planned, celebrating a life cycle milestone or honoring a loved one’s memory, a tax-deductible gift to TI (we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) is an investment that strengthens your relationship with your faith, your Temple Israel community, and the world beyond our walls.
Your generosity can support a choice of nearly two dozen funds here at Temple Israel that range from beautification of the synagogue and grounds or acquisition of antique Judaica art to scholarships for Jewish summer camps or religious studies. To learn more about the options you have for directing your contribution in the most meaningful way, please contact the Temple Office, (561) 833-8421.
An exquisite custom found in synagogues around the world, Tree of Life adds an artistic and strongly symbolic design element to our place of worship. Purchase a leaf – $180.00 – in honor of or in memory of your loved one, and the inscription becomes a permanent and enduring tribute.
In honor or memory of a loved one, purchase one of the sacred books used by Temple Israel. Bookplates acknowledging your gift are instantly added.
Throughout the synagogue – from the sanctuary and classrooms to the library and ballroom – you’ll see that certain spaces, furnishings and essentials have been made possible by the generosity of congregants who underwrite the purchase in honor or memory of a loved one. You, too, can have this type of lasting impact appreciated by the entire TI community. To learn more about dedication opportunities, call the Temple Office, (561) 833-8421.
Life & Legacy is about planning ahead for the future via after-lifetime giving. It’s about making a commitment – earmarked for future payment either from your estate, life insurance or retirement plan – to ensure the perpetuation of Temple Israel and our Jewish community after you’ve gone from this earth. By enrolling in this program now, your endowment, in turn, will earn Temple Israel a grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Learn more from Marty List, Chair, or Temple Administrator, Karen Szteinberg, (561) 833-8421.
Temple Israel nourishes both body and soul, with Shabbat services bookended by a “nosh” that precedes worship (“Proneg”) and a traditional reception following (Oneg, which means “joy”). Sometimes we use these occasions to celebrate a couple’s anniversary, a baby naming, a birthday, or other simcha. You’re invited to sponsor one – or more – for your own special celebration. To discuss details on how to make this happen, please contact the Temple Office, (561) 833-8421.
Remember a loved one by adding a Memorial Plaque in our sanctuary and be a part of a longstanding Jewish tradition and practice. The plaque, which is produced and mounted for a $500.00 donation, will feature the English name, along with the dates of birth and passing. You will receive advance notice of your loved one’s yahrzeit each year, and, accordingly the plaque will be lit on that Shabbat. For further information, call the Temple Office, (561) 833-8421.
Temple Israel has many doorways; many of them feature a mezuzah. Would you like to add one (or more) to help heed the call to …”inscribe them on on the doorposts of your house and on your gates…”? It’s your choice of mezuzah (when shopping for one, check out the selection in our TI Judaica Shop); then we’ll coordinate with you to schedule an official ceremony for the congregation to hang the icon. To discuss further, contact the Temple Office, (561) 833-8421.
Not a month goes by that Temple Israel isn’t hosting some kind of program or special event – from a Scholar in Residence weekend of learning to a unique Shabbat service (imaginative themes have included The Beatles, Broadway Shows and the 70s, among others) to a sukkah-building day or Purim costume contest – we invite you to explore with Rabbi Olshein how you might lend your support by helping to fund an upcoming special event.
Enlivening the beauty of the sanctuary is so easily achieved with a floral arrangement for the Bimah. Let the Temple office know if you’d like to provide fresh blooms and greens for either a Friday night or holiday service. You’re welcome to use your own professional resource for this contribution, or coordinate with our Temple office to order through our supplier to your specifications. An alternative: Contribute to our Vineberg Floral Fund and know that your donation helps in an ongoing way to provide the floral décor.
An exquisite array of Judaica and other distinctive gifts curated by our TI Sisterhood can be found in the onsite boutique that they operate. Browse on a Friday night before services or make an appointment to peruse the offerings. For more information, contact Sandy Sternfeld Sisterhood President.
An easy way for your Amazon purchase to benefit Temple Israel is to register for this giveback program. Since its inception, congregants have helped Temple Israel add to our coffers. Thank you to all who participate – and to all who will be signing on!