We have a tremendous opportunity to influence and impact what happens in Israel and all one needs to do is simply VOTE! The elections for the World Zionist Congress are once again upon us, and we need every single member to be loud and to be counted.
The purpose of the World Zionist Congress is to discuss the burning questions facing the Jewish world and to vote on how to deal with these issues. The math is simple: Electing a large ARZA/Reform Movement delegation to the next World Zionist Congress (WZC) will strengthen Reform Judaism’s call for the values and ideals we cherish – like equality, egalitarianism and peace – and will grant the Reform movement greater influence to shape what it means to be Jewish in the Jewish State.
For more information and to vote go to www.reformjews4israel.org
As we approach December 31, your end-of-year financial gifts to the Temple are most welcome, and enable us to meet the needs of our congregational family. Please consider a gift to our annual Open Doors Appeal and help keep our temple a place for all our families to call home. Click here to contribute.
NEW! The charitable IRA rollover is back for 2014, thanks to last-minute congressional action. This giving incentive, enacted in 2006, encourages older Americans to give out of their Individual Retirement Accounts. IRA owners age 70-1/2 or older can exclude up to $100,000 a year from income if the IRA funds are paid directly to certain public charities (including Temple Rodef Shalom). Otherwise, the IRA owner would have to pay income tax on the IRA funds before claiming the deduction. For taxpayers who don’t normally itemize their deductions and so don’t get to deduct their contributions anyway, it’s a winner, and for taxpayers who usually do itemize, it may also leave them ahead. The new law applies retroactively to charitable IRA distributions made earlier this year and to those made through December 31. Please contact Hannah Moore, Director of Philanthropy, email, 703-676-3867 for more info or to let us know to expect such a gift.