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Ohr Shalom Synagogue Volunteers

SUPPORTING COS-SJCC

You can donate via the ShulCloud website, click here to make a donation.

Any donation is greatly appreciated!​

Member dues cover only part of the basic cost of operating our synagogue. They also do not fund the extras that we enjoy, such as special lectures, concerts, trips, and other things that make membership so worthwhile. To make up the difference and to ensure we leave our congregation in good financial shape for future generations, we offer several different ways of contributing:​

Vision 20/20

Please see below for more details and/or contact Pam Appel, who would be happy to discuss it with you​.

Kol Nidre Appeal 

Annual pledge drive to fund synagogue expenses not covered by dues. Please click on the Donate button above.

Shomrei Kahal

Annual contribution to fund synagogue expenses not covered by dues. Please click on the Donate button above.

General Fund

Contributions are welcome any time to honor an individual or just to donate! Funds will be used in the area of greatest need. Please click on the Donate button above.

COS Wish List

Opportunity to fund, fully or partially,  the purchase of specific items that will enhance our building and/or programs but are outside the current budget. Contact Mike Squires for more information.

Sacred Music Fund

Contribution to the Cantor’s programs to honor an individual or a group or to support an event. Please click on the Donate button above.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Honor an individual or group, or just donate, to help the Rabbi expand his programs. Please click on the Donate button above.

Memorial Plaques​

Plaque on a board in the sanctuary commemorating a loved one. Contact the synagogue office for more information.

Tree of Life

A “leaf” on wall sculpture in the first floor hallway to honor an individual or group. Contact the synagogue office for more information.

Yizkor Booklet

Published every Yom Kippur to remember individuals whom we have lost. Contact Karen Wexler for more information.

Sanctuary Cards

Say thank you, or honor or congratulate someone on a birth, anniversary, or other special occasion. Contact Hilary Goldberg for more information.

New Year’s Greetings Book

Wish fellow congregants a happy New Year with a personal greeting. Contact Amy Lewis for more information.​

Gift Cards

Gift cards for popular retailers sold at face value. We receive a portion of each sale. Contact Elaina Luboff for more information.

Sponsor a Shabbat

Why not sponsor an Oneg Shabbat (after Friday night services) or a Kiddush (after Saturday morning services) to recognize a special event? The cost is reasonable and may be shared with other families. Please contact Lauren Levine if interested.

VISION 20/20

We’ve worked so hard as a community to eliminate our constraints one-by-one.  Through Room-to-Soar, space no longer limits us.  We welcome whole-heartedly intermarried families. We have no litmus test for degree of observance before joining.  And we can do more. Our “vision” is nothing less than to:

Create a platform on which to enhance the Ohr Shalom community of the future; a spiritual, embracing, accessible community—any age/any financial means/any degree of observance.

Hence VISION 20/20 is born with the potential to affect our future strongly and positively. The program goals are to:

  • Enhance membership experience; increase engagement

  • Build a broader member base

  • Stabilize ongoing finances

  • Grow beyond sustainability

 

To achieve our goals, as always, everybody will need to contribute their time and treasure.  Volunteering and donations will always be critically important.  This is our community, we own it, and we each need to make it thrive!  So it’s important to say that for now, the dues structure and fundraising will remain unchanged for the majority of families.

 

For those households who are blessed with the capacity, we will ask them to make significant multiyear pledges (> $10,000/y) that will help us reach our goals. 

The Visionary levels are:

·    Luminaries  ≥$125,000 (eg.$25,000y x 5 y)          

·    Innovators ≥$100,000 (eg. $20,000y x 5y)                      

·    Dreamers  ≥$75,000 (eg. $15,000y x 5y)

·    Oracles  ≥$50,000 (eg. $10,000y x 5y)

 

These households will become our VISIONARIES, and their pledge will cover: Dues, the Kol Nidre appeal, the ad journal, every event, every dinner, Religious School tuition, etc. The only items not included will be remaining Room-to-Soar pledges and

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The incremental donation (above prior giving level) will be split between:

  • Religious School
    Increasing access to a Jewish education is our priority
    Reducing cost addresses an important barrier to participation.

  • Operating funds
    Financial stability is a priority
    Improving the member experience is also a critical pillar for growth and retention,  so any available operating funds beyond base expenses will be used to support that goal

 

We look forward to speaking with you about participating in this initiative in a way that is meaningful to you, so that you can be a part of planting for our future, just as prior generations planted for us. We thank you for your consideration.

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