Endowment & Operating Funds

Contribute Contact:

Hannah Moore
Director of Philanthropy

Temple Rodef Shalom strives to be a place where prayer, learning and tikkun olam are vital and fulfilling components of our Jewish community. The Temple maintains various funds to assist in ongoing operations (Operating Funds) and to provide for special programs and long-term fiscal security (Endowment Funds).

Operating Funds

TRS General Fund

“Where It’s Needed Most”: For the general benefit of the Temple to support and enhance programs, allowing for the greatest flexibility in fulfilling our mission

A House of Learning – Beit Midrash

  • Religious School Fund for educational program, special projects and scholarships
  • Nursery School Fund for equipment, special activities and scholarships
  • Adult Education Fund for adult education programs
  • Library Fund for books and materials for the Temple library
  • Frank Conlon Jewish Music Center Fund for Jewish music recordings for library
  • Archives Fund for preservation of Temple records and documents

A House of Prayer – Beit T’filah

  • General Ritual and Worship Fund for worship needs of the Temple, Sanctuary and ritual objects
  • Prayer Book Fund for Shabbat and Holiday prayer books
  • Life Cycle Fund to support life cycle events, including Adult B’nai Mitzvah
  • Women’s Spirituality and Retreat Fund for various spirituality and retreat programs

A House of Gathering – Beit Knesset

  • Shalom Corps Hospitality Fund for the advancement of initiatives to create a warm, welcoming and engaging environment for Temple Rodef Shalom members, potential members and guests
  • Youth Activities Fund for funds and scholarships for youth programs
  • Building Fund assists in payment of the mortgage of the building
  • Jacknow Meditation and Tribute Garden for development and maintenance of the garden
  • Men of TRS to support Men of TRS Programs
  • Women of TRS to support Women of TRS (Sisterhood) Programs
  • Renaissance & Prime-timers supports programs for “empty-nesters”
  • Camp Scholarship Fund

Programming and Cultural Funds – Tarbut Yehudiah

  • Cultural Fund to support cultural programs
  • Music and Volunteer Choir Fund for adult and children’s volunteer choirs
  • Drama Fund for Temple drama group
  • Piano/Organ Fund to assist with maintenance and purchase of musical instruments

Clergy Funds

These funds accept contributions in appreciation and honor of the clergy to be used at their discretion to support Temple families in need and programs:

  • Senior Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund – Rabbi Schwartzman
  • Senior Cantor’s Discretionary Fund – Cantor Shochet
  • Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund – Rabbi Saxe
  • Cantor’s Discretionary Fund – Rachel Rhodes
  • Judy Berkowits Memorial Fund – Rabbi Berkowits

Reparing Our World – Tikkun Olam

  • Temple Tzedakah Fund assists individuals in need within our Temple community
  • Social Action Fund supports social service agencies and social action projects
  • Ohel Yaacov Fund supports affordable housing projects in our metropolitan area
  • Soup Caravan Fund provides food four times monthly to the needy in Northern Virginia
  • Assisted Living Fund provides support for needy residents of Chesterbrook Residences, a Temple-supported assisted living facility

Caring for Each Other – G’milut Hasadim

  • Caring Community
  • Kestenbaum Comfort Fund to assist the comfort and caring of our members
  • Accessibility Fund for accessibility for special needs and elderly members and visitors

World Jewry – klal Yisrael

  • Israel Solidarity Fund for support for Israel

Endowment Funds

The Temple Rodef Shalom Endowment is composed of five “baskets” whose aim is to preserve the community we have built together and strengthen the congregation for the future.

Capital Endowment Fund – to maintain, enhance and expand our facilities.

Congregational Life Endowment Fund – to educate and enhance Jewish values, culture and knowledge in the lives of our congregants; for support of cultural programming, adult education and congregational engagement.

General Endowment Fundunrestricted funds that are a long-term resource for supporting the Temple’s mission and programs

Morashah: The Legacy Society of Temple Rodef Shalom – the Legacy Society includes members who have expressed an intention to provide a bequest to the Temple Rodef Shalom Endowment Fund.

Spiritual, Worship and Clergy Endowment Fund – to serve the spiritual, pastoral and worship needs of our congregation; for support of ritual practices, worship services, clergy discretionary funds, and clergy positions and professional development.

Youth Engagement Endowment Fund – to increase opportunities for youth to engage with Judaism; for support of youth programs and education, scholarships, faculty professional development, and student travel.

Congregational Life Endowment Fund

Named and designated funds, in alphabetical order:

  • Rabbi Berkowits Educational Endowment Fund for annual weekend Scholar-in-Residence
  • Carol Davidson Fund for the Advancement of Women for programs, workshops or other activities that support, teach or advance women’s causes
  • Family Life Endowment Fund for family education events and programs
  • Judy Goldstein Sisterhood Endowment Fund for Women of TRS (Sisterhood) programs
  • Jack William Loeb Memorial Fund for annual lecture or cultural event
  • Simon Family Fund for Jewish Living to support programs that bring Judaism and its values into the daily lives of congregants
  • Tzedakah Endowment Fundto provide for those in need, both within the congregation and throughout our local community.
  • Michael and Ziva Zysman Memorial Fund for educational and cultural programs related to Israel

Spiritual, Worship and Clergy Endowment Fund

Named and designated fund:

  • Harvey and Barbara Levin Memorial Fund for religious artifacts for the sanctuary

Youth Engagement Endowment Fund

Named and designated funds, in alphabetical order:

  • Alexis Agin Memorial Fund to perpetuate a love of reading in children
  • Jennifer Blalock Memorial Scholarship Fund for scholarships for Jewish camps and youth programs
  • Rabbi Burstein Scholarship Fund to assist teenagers in travelling to Israel
  • TRS Early Childhood Speech and Language Endowment Fund for professional intervention regarding speech and articulation issues
  • Caren Pomeroy Nursery School Endowment Fund for scholarships for Nursery School students
  • Karen Simpson Teacher Development Fund for teacher training and education
  • Fund for Youth and Jewish Identity Honoring Rabbi Amy M. Schwartzman to strengthen Jewish identity among Temple youth, established in honor of Rabbi Amy Schwartzman’s 20th anniversary

We are grateful to the members who have established the above endowment funds at Temple Rodef Shalom. For information about establishing an endowment fund or contributing to an existing fund, please contact the Director of Philanthropy.