The Annual Fund is an important part of what makes Temple Sinai a place that “meets every member where they are.”
Temple Sinai is guided by the mission to be a center for those who seek to develop and enhance their Jewish identity through worship of God, ritual life, education, social action, concern for the State of Israel, and communal involvement with an emphasis on the enduring Jewish values expressed by the Reform Movement.
The Annual Fund’s success plays a role in how each member experiences the temple. Your personal connection with the temple and clergy is of utmost importance and it is your stories that truly make Temple Sinai special. Stories like:
- The couple that joined a Temple Sinai Kallah 30 years ago and are still gathering with them monthly for exciting and energetic conversations.
- The two temple members who saw a need in our community, and worked with the Social Action Committee to create a program at Temple Sinai to provide aid and assistance to a recently arrived refugee family in our area.
- The family with a special needs child who was Bar Mitzvahed—their celebration was a special one—one that would not have happened without many staff members at the temple playing a role over the years the family have been members.
- The former nursery school mother whose kids went to Temple Sinai Nursery School 20 years ago but still comes to committee meetings and volunteers for the school every year.
- The interfaith family, who were looking to join a temple and found a welcoming, non-judgmental place to give them the time and support to figure out the role our temple plays in the life of their family.
Help our congregation thrive.
Click here to make a gift to the 2018-2019 Annual Fund today.
Temple Sinai has a long and rich heritage of tzedakah, consistent with our Jewish tradition to express charity and feelings of sorrow and joy through charitable contributions. Such giving often occurs at times of birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, weddings, anniversaries, births and deaths. Your generosity, large and small, continues to provide for Temple Sinai, sustaining programs for members and the community and supporting charitable functions.
Please use this form to better understand all the ways in which you can enrich the Temple Sinai community with your gift. If you have any questions, please contact the temple office at (202) 363-6394 or email Development Coordinator Noah Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org. *
Other Ways to Support Temple Sinai Programs
*Donations to many funds can be made online via our Members Only section or by clicking the name of the fund below. Unless the fund is specifically established as an endowment, contributions to these funds are used to cover direct costs and related staff support for each function described below.
Annual Fund – Provides general operating support across all temple activities throughout the year.
Art – Purchases and/or installs art works used to decorate, furnish, or exhibit at Temple Sinai, and to undertake art programming.
Benjamin Goldstein Adult Education – Provides for adult education activities at Temple Sinai.
Bernstein Religious School Endowment – Provides an endowment for the Temple Sinai Religious School to support current curriculum and build for the future of the Religious School.
Discretionary Funds – Rabbi Roos’ Fund; Rabbi Rosenwasser’s Fund; Rabbi Goldstein’s Fund; Cantor Croen’s Fund; Cantor Robins’ Fund; Cantorial Soloist Robyn Helzner’s Fund – Provides for charitable, programmatic, and educational needs as determined by each member of the ritual staff . (Checks should be made out to the fund of your choice.)
Dollars for Israel – Provides for temple programming about Israel and support for Reform and Progressive causes in Israel. The programming and allocation of funds is coordinated by our Israel Committee in consultation with the Clergy.
Endowment – Provides income in perpetuity for the temple’s operations.
Harris Jewish History – Provides funds for archival support and educational programming on Jewish historical subjects.
Israel and Camp Scholarships – Provides for scholarships for summer programs in Israel and Jewish summer camps. It also funds the temple’s match of Israel Quest / Camper Quest grants sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Kathie Rabinovitz SinaiCares – Provides for the activities of Kathie Rabinovitz SinaiCares, a program designed to provide services and support for members in our community most in need.
Library – Provides for the purchase of books, subscriptions, and other materials for the library.
Memorial Contributions – Donations to honor the memory of the deceased, amounts raised support temple operations.
Music – Provides support for enhanced music programs and activities.
Nursery School – Provides support for Temple Sinai Nursery School activities.
Prayer Books & Ritual Objects – Provides support for the purchase of new prayer books and ritual objects and for their repair and maintenance.
Project Mensch – Provides for Temple Sinai’s social action partnership with the Wheatley Education Campus by providing basic items needed to enrich the education provided to low-income children at this DC public school.
Rabbi Eugene Lipman Social Action and Tzedakah Fund – Provides for programs and activities that engage the congregation in social justice work, support the needy, or support other organizations working on issues of social justice and aid for the needy.
Rabbi Fred N. Reiner Lifelong Learning – Provides for intergenerational education programs and activities for all ages.
Religious School – Provides for the activities of the Religious School including tuition scholarships.
Simcha Leaves – Share family simchas by inscribing a permanent leaf to the carved wood Simcha Tree displayed in the foyer. Contributions are directed to temple operations. Donations can be sent in via check accompanied by this form.
Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation (Sinai House) – Provides for the 4-unit transitional housing facility which assists formerly homeless families become independent, stable and financially self-sufficient by providing them with housing, support and social services in a nurturing environment. (Checks should be made out to Sinai House.)
Yahrzeit Plaques – To memorialize the death of a loved one in perpetuity, a brass plaque is purchased. Each year, the plaque is displayed at the time of yahrzeit on a wall in the main lobby. Donations can be sent in via check accompanied by this form.
Youth – Provides scholarships for youth activities, including attending URJ regional and national programs, and support for youth-focused programs at the temple.
Zwerdling Memorial Lecture – Provides for the annual Zwerdling Memorial Program for Social Justice.
For more information about any of these giving opportunities, to find out more information about the Rimonim Society, Temple Sinai’s planned giving society for individuals who have named the Temple as a beneficiary in their charitable estate plans or another financial vehicle, or to learn about other ways to give to Temple Sinai; please contact Noah Benjamin, Development Coordinator at (202) 363-6394 ext. 234 or email email@example.com.