Operating & Endowed Funds

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 (Endowed Funds).

TRS Operating Funds

General Fund

  • Where It’s Needed Most supports immediate and ongoing needs of our Temple while allowing for the greatest flexibility in fulfilling our mission
  • Open Doors Appeal keeps our sacred community a place for all our families to call home, regardless of financial constraints.

A House of Gathering – Beit Knesset

  • Camp Rodef Shalom Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to children of members for our day camp
  • Jacknow Meditation and Tribute Garden provides for the maintenance of the garden
  • Men of Temple Rodef Shalom (Brotherhood) supports Men of TRS (Brotherhood) programs
  • Renaissance and Savvy Seniors Fund supports programs for our “empty-nesters” and senior members
  • Shalom Corps Hospitality Fund supports initiatives to create a warm, welcoming and engaging environment for Temple Rodef Shalom members, potential members and guests
  • Women of Temple Rodef Shalom (Sisterhood) supports Women of TRS (Sisterhood) programs
  • Women’s Retreat Fund provides scholarships for our biannual retreat
  • Youth Activities Fund subsidizes youth programs

A House of Learning – Beit Midrash

  • Adult Education Fund supports adult education programs
  • Archives Fund helps preserve Temple records and documents
  • Frank Conlon Jewish Music Center Fund buys Jewish music recordings for the library
  • Library Fund purchases books and materials for the Temple library
  • Nursery School Fund provides equipment, training, and special activities
  • Religious School Fund provides equipment, training, and scholarships

A House of Prayer – Beit T’filah

  • High Holy Day Fund underwrites our High Holy Day services
  • Life Cycle Fund supports congregational life cycle events, including Confirmation and Adult B’nai Mitzvah (Rodef Chochma)
  • Prayer Book Fund purchases Shabbat and Holiday prayer books
  • Silver Fund for Torah Repair and Restoration will to be used for expenses related to maintaining, refurbishing and dressing our expanding – and aging – collection of Torahs

Caring for Each Other – G’milut Hasadim

  • Accessibility and Inclusion Fund supports full inclusion for all members of our community
  • Caring Community Fund helps member in crisis
  • Kestenbaum Comfort Fund provides for the comfort and caring of our members

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.
Named and designated funds:

  • Senior Rabbi Discretionary Fund – Rabbi Schwartzman
  • Senior Cantor Discretionary Fund – Cantor Shochet
  • Rabbi Discretionary Fund – Rabbi Saxe
  • Cantor Discretionary Fund – Cantor Rhodes
  • Rabbi Discretionary Fund – Rabbi Bernstein
  • Judy Berkowits Memorial Fund – Rabbi Berkowits

Programming and Cultural Funds – Tarbut Yehudiah

  • Cultural Fund supports cultural programs
  • Music and Volunteer Choir Fund supports adult and children’s volunteer choirs

Repairing Our World – Tikkun Olam

  • Assisted Living Fund provides support for needy residents of Chesterbrook Residences, a Temple-supported assisted living facility
  • Ohel Yaacov/Tent of Jacob Housing Fund supports affordable housing projects and ending homelessness in our community
  • Refugee Fund supports a refugee family in our community
  • Social Action Fund supports social service agencies and social action projects, including community meal preparation, Feed ‘Em Fridays, Winter Mitzvah Day, and Good Deeds Day
  • Temple Tzedakah Fund assists individuals in need within the Temple and wider community

World Jewry – Klal Yisrael

  • Israel Connection Fund supports programs on and connections to Israel

TRS Endowed Funds – Dor L’Dor

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.

Morashah: The Legacy Society of Temple Rodef Shalom is for members who have expressed an intention to provide a bequest to Temple Rodef Shalom.

General Endowment 

The General Endowment is an unrestricted, long-term resource for supporting the Temple’s mission and programs.

Capital Endowment Fund

The Capital Endowment is used to maintain, enhance and expand our facilities.
Named and designated fund:

Bunny’s Place Maintenance Endowment Fund maintains and enhances our outdoor gathering and play space

Congregational Life Endowment

Congregational Life Endowment is used 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.
Named and designated funds, in alphabetical order:

  • Carol Davidson Fund for the Advancement of Women supports programs, workshops or other activities that support, teach or advance women’s causes
  • Family Life Endowment Fund provides support for family education events and programs
  • Jack William Loeb Memorial Fund supports an annual lecture or cultural event
  • Judy Goldstein Sisterhood Endowment Fund supports our annual Judy’s Place Children’s holiday shop
  • Michael and Ziva Zysman Memorial Fund is available for educational and cultural programs related to Israel
  • Rabbi Berkowits Educational Endowment Fund supports an annual weekend Scholar-in-Residence
  • Simon Family Fund for Jewish Living supports programs that bring Judaism and its values into the daily lives of congregants
  • Stillman Family Maimonides Fund for Self-Reliance provides economic assistance to members for career training and business development so they can lead lives of independence and self-reliance
  • Tzedakah Endowment Fund supports our Temple Tzedakah Fund and Social Action Fund.

Spiritual, Worship and Clergy Endowment

The Spiritual, Worship and Clergy Endowment is used to serve the spiritual, pastoral and worship needs of our congregation: supporting ritual practices, worship services, clergy discretionary funds, and clergy positions and professional development.
Named and designated fund:

Harvey and Barbara Levin Memorial Fund purchases and refurbishes religious artifacts for the sanctuary

Youth Engagement Endowment

The Youth Engagement Endowment is used to increase opportunities for youth to engage with Judaism: supporting youth programs, education, scholarships, travel, and faculty professional development.

Named and designated funds, in alphabetical order:

  • Alexis Agin Memorial Fund perpetuates a love of reading in children by supporting our children’s library
  • Caren Pomeroy Nursery School Endowment Fund provides scholarships for Nursery School students
  • Fund for Youth and Jewish Identity Honoring Rabbi Amy M. Schwartzman is used to strengthen Jewish identity among Temple youth, established in honor of Rabbi Amy Schwartzman’s 20th anniversary
  • Jennifer Blalock Memorial Scholarship Fund gives scholarships for Jewish camps and youth programs
  • Karen Simpson Teacher Development Fund supports Temple Rodef Shalom Nursery School teacher training and education
  • Rabbi Burstein Scholarship Fund assists teenagers in traveling to Israel
  • TRS Early Childhood Speech and Language Endowment Fund pays for professional intervention regarding speech and articulation issues

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.