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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

(or $300/month)


Two additional High Holy Day tickets, four Passover Seder tickets, and sponsorship of one congregational Shabbat dinner*
(or $150/month)


Two additional High Holy Day tickets and sponsorship of one Oneg Shabbat*
(or $45/month)


Two additional High Holy Day tickets*
(or $15/month)
*All Benefactors receive community-wide acknowledgment of their generosity and an invitation to an annual celebration of Benefactors.

Special thanks to our 2022-2023 Benefactors

Anonymous (3)
Sheldon Aronson
Gale Cogan
Lisa and Geoff Edelson
Amy and Barry Finegold
Leslie and Paul Finger
Steven Fox and family
Lew and Helene Gack
Lori and Sam Gerber
Allison and Ian Glick
Saul and Sarah Goldberg
Linsey and Alex Goldman
Ken and Sally Heffron
Toby Hodes
Robin and Steve Kahan
Matt and Dana Katz

Jean and Joel Lieder
Robin and Scott Mallory
Hilda and Max Perlitsh
Stan and Amy Riemer
Steve and Sandy Rosenbach
Mitchell Schneir and Lauren Day
Amy Sebell
Cori and Jeremy Segal
Jennifer and Sunny Srivastava
David, Meryl, Leah and Brianna Trachtenberg
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.

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

You can make your gift in a one-time payment or set up a 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 your support of 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 are directed to 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.

Is my gift tax deductible?

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

If I become a Benefactor at the Champion or Sustainer levels, will I have exclusive sponsorship of the Shabbat dinner or Oneg Shabbat?

Sponsorship of and recognition surrounding a congregational Shabbat dinner (Champion-level gifts) or an Oneg Shabbat (Sustainer-level gifts) may be shared with other Benefactors in the respective giving categories. We are so grateful for your generosity!

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

Tickets that are not used may be donated back to the temple to provide scholarship tickets.

Who may I contact for questions about becoming a Benefactor?

Maureen Chapman, Executive Director, is available to answer questions on becoming a Benefactor at 978-470-1356 and via email.