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Join our Circle. Strengthen our Synagogue.

Temple Emanuel Benefactors, a community of donors that lead with their
philanthropy, contribute at an annual level above regular membership dues to
help sustain our synagogue and ensure its growth. As a Benefactor, the
impact of your support is felt in every area of temple life.

Your gift is a meaningful way to demonstrate your commitment to our temple
and enables us to:

  • Bridge the gap between membership-based income and
    operating expenses. Dues, tuition, and fees cover only a portion of
    the temple’s annual operating costs; we depend on Benefactors to
    help close this gap.

  • Maintain an open tent, allowing access and
    welcoming all interested members, regardless of financial means.

  • Uphold the highest standards of programming,
    learning, and worship.

  • Respond to the needs of our community.

Giving Levels

Benefits & Recognition*


$5,400/year (or $450/month)
Four complimentary guest High Holy Day tickets
Four complimentary Passover Seder tickets
A special Guardian group gathering

$3,600/year (or $300/month)
Two complimentary guest High Holy Day tickets
Four complimentary Passover Seder tickets


$1,800/year (or $150/month)
Two complimentary guest High Holy Day tickets
Two complimentary Passover Seder tickets


$540/year (or $45/month)
Two complimentary guest High Holy Day tickets
$180/year (or $15/month)
*All Benefactors receive community-wide acknowledgment of their generosity and an invitation to an annual celebration of

Special thanks to our circle of 2023-2024 Benefactors Society members

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David and Rebecca Abbott
Stephen Alepa and Nancy Kashanek
Sheldon Aronson
The Bargar Family
The Beetham Family
Debbie S. and Harry Bernheim
Gale Cogan
Dana and Cindy Cohen
Diane and Alan Cohen
Lisa and Geoff Edelson
Suzanne and Michael Emmi
Eric and Becky Epstein
Amy and Barry Finegold
Neil and Susan Fineman
Leslie and Paul Finger
Scott Fink and Christine Genaitis
Steven J. Fox and Family
Candy and Ken Frankel
Lew and Helene Gack
Michelle and David Gamliel
Lori and Sam Gerber
Ian and Allison Glick
Elliot R. and Jeri Werner Goldberg
Alexander and Linsey Goldman
Barbara and Elliot Hacker
Ken and Sally Heffron
Toby Hodes
Barbara and Eric Holstein
Susan and David Holzman
Robin and Steve Kahan
Dana, Matt, Ben, Jake and Hayley Katz
Elliot and Donna Katzman
Ann and Herb Kazer
Jamie and James Kitces
Karen and Steve Krichmar
The Lann Family
Joel and Jean Leider
Robin and Scott Mallory
Stephen and Judy Messinger
Renee and David Metsch
Murray and Thyresson Families
Susie and Dave Novick
Dara and Philip Obbard
Alex and Rochelle Pawlowski
Hilda and Max Perlitsh
Gary and Linda Portnay
Amy and Stan Riemer
Holli and Neal Roberts
Steve and Sandy Rosenbach
The Satlow Family
Eric and Maureen Schwartz
Laurie and Steve Schwartz
Amy Sebell
The Segal Family
The Shenker Family
Don and Debbie Silberstein
Jennifer and Sunny Srivastava
The Strauss Family
The Tammaro Family
David, Meryl, Leah and Brianna Trachtenberg
Rachel Perlitsh Turner
Steve and Jane Waldman
Ruth Weiner
Sandra and Barnet Weinstein
Gerri and Jeff Weiss
Debbie Williams


How can I make a gift?

You can make your gift via check, credit card, ACH, donor-advised fund or stock. Note that we will not issue invoices for Benefactor gifts. Donors are responsible for completing their Benefactor payments for this giving year by June 30th.

Do I need to make a one-time payment or may I fulfill my gift in
incremental payments?

You can make your gift with a one-time payment or set up a recurring monthly/quarterly payment with a credit card or by ACH here. All Benefactor payments for this giving year must be completed by June 30th.

I gave to the 100th Anniversary Campaign. What’s different about giving to the Benefactors Society?

Many thanks for giving to the 100th Anniversary Campaign. The campaign raised more than $2 million to support our three fundraising pillars:

  • Support Temple Emanuel’s long-term endowment for the future
  • Sustain and expand lifelong learning and engagement
  • Ensure our “home” is in order through building updates

Funds generated by the Benefactors Society support the temple’s annual operating budget; bridge the gap not covered by dues, tuition, and other fees; and allow us to welcome all who wish to participate in Temple Emanuel life regardless of financial means.

Can I choose where my money will be directed?

Funds generated through the Benefactors Society support the budget gap between dues, tuition, and other fees and, therefore, are directed to the General Operating Fund to support the temple’s annual operating budget. If you would like to make an additional gift toward a specific initiative, click here to learn more about how to do so.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

What if I don’t need the additional High Holy Day tickets or complimentary Passover seder tickets (a benefit for Champion, Sustainer, Patron and Guardian Benefactors)?

If you do not intend to use the complimentary tickets to which you are entitled, simply do not request them when the registration forms are published in advance of the respective holidays.

Who may I contact for questions about becoming a Benefactor?

Our executive director is available to answer questions on becoming a Benefactor at (978) 470-1356 and via email.