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Fund Descriptions

 

The Jewish Center has a number of special purpose funds which allow you to direct your charitable giving. You may make donations to these funds by completing the form on the back of the newsletter or by completing this online form.


Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is a once-a-year initiative encouraging all congregants to give generously to our synagogue community.  Donations to the Annual Fund exclusively support the operating expenses of The Jewish Center, specifically
  • Superb, innovative programming and religious education for all ages,
  • Financial assistance to any family who demonstrates financial need, 
  • Wonderful community-building kiddushes, holiday meals, and outreach to families celebrating life cycle events, and
  • Careful management of our aging facility with necessary upgrades and repairs.
The Annual Fund is our most important way to supplement dues and pay our basic operating expenses. For more information, see our Annual Fund FAQs page.


Adult Education Committee
Donations to Adult Education support the creation of programs and courses of studies geared for adults. Annual mainstays for this program include the Adult Hebrew Class, the Adult B’nai Mitzvah program, lectures and films.

Adult Library Fund
This fund helps maintain The Jewish Center's library.

Arts and Cultural Affairs
Arts and Cultural Affairs provides a broad spectrum of Jewish cultural studies to The Jewish Center such as various programming, Israeli dancing, cooking, and in 2011, a program on the world-renowned Jewish artist Marc Chagall.
 
Building Development Fund
The Building Development Fund is used to make improvements to the buildings and grounds of our synagogue.

Fran Amir Community Service Trip Fund
The Fran Amir Community Service Trip Fund provides scholarships for students to participate in the Siyyum Tichon service trip. In 2011 our students traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi and in 2012 they visited New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
General Fund
The General Fund broadly supports all activities at The Jewish Center.

Hazzan's Music Fund
Donations to this fund allow our Hazzan to procure music or pay for performers for Center musical programs or to respond to needs in the community either by directly assisting congregants in need or by supporting other worthy organizations.

Irving N. Rabinowitz Conversational Hebrew Fund
The Irving N. Rabinowitz Conversational Hebrew Fund commissions the advancement of programs designed to teach and train conversational Hebrew at The Jewish Center. This fund may be used to acquire curricular or resource materials, software or technology resources, or faculty for a Hebrew course.
 
Israeli Affairs Committee
The Israeli Affairs Committee strengthens the American Jewish community’s commitment and resolve to support Israel. Educational activities for all ages as well as social and intellectual programming are organized to foster this relationship between Israel and the United States.
 
Jess & marion Epstein Lunch-and-Learn Fund
This fund provides an honorarium to guest speakers at our monthly lunch-and-learn series created in the memory of Jess Epstein.  

The Jewish Center Refugee Fund
The Jewish Center Refugee Fund has been set up to aid in the resettlement of a refugee family that has come to the United States through a State Department sanctioned program and falls within the mission of TJC's Social Action Committee Refugee Resettlement Subcommittee.  The purpose of this fund is to aid in the resettling of and ease in the transition into life in the United States.  The monies will be used for necessities such as food, clothing, housing and uncovered medical expenses or other categories as the needs arise.  This list is not exhaustive and distribution will be approved through the Congregational President. 
 
Jewish Center Women
Donations to Jewish Center Women helps our affiliate meet the needs of a broad cross section of women in the Jewish Center through various programs and activities.
 
LASHIR:
LASHIR is an independent Jewish community choir performing in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. They hold concerts in a variety of communal and institutional settings in New Jersey and New York. The Jewish Center is proud to be a supporter of LASHIR.

Life and Legacy Endowment Fund
Through your promise to the Life & Legacy campaign, you are helping to assure the vitality and strength of The Jewish Center for future generations.
 
Marchand Espir Family Holocaust Education Fund
This fund, created in memory of the Marchand and Espir families who perished in the Holocaust, provides finances to help acquire educational materials and programs to ensure that the events of the Holocaust will not be forgotten.
 
Men’s Club
The Men’s Club provides services, programs, and social events to help strengthen The Jewish Center community.
 
Neimark Senior Mitzvah Fund
The Neimark Senior Mitzvah Fund assists and enhances the participation of seniors in Jewish Center religious and social activities.
 
Prayerbook Fund
This fund purchases new and restores aged worship materials.

Rabbis' Discretionary Fund
Donations to this fund allow our rabbis to respond to needs in the community either by directly assisting congregants in need or by supporting other worthy organizations.
 
Rabbi Tucker Lifecycle Fund
The Rabbi Tucker Lifecycle Fund allows the congregation to send a Shabbat meal to families observing shiva after the loss of a loved one or celebrating the birth of a baby. The fund honors Rabbi Annie Tucker who served as Associate Rabbi of The Jewish Center from 2005 to 2013.
 
Religious Affairs Committee
Donations to the Religious Affairs Committee help enhance the religious observance of our community.

Religious School Fund
Donations to the Religious School Fund help develop curricular materials, update technology and ensure that our award-winning religious shcool programs is top-notch.
 
Sapoff Art Purchase and Restoration Fund:
The Sapoff Art Purchase and Restoration Fund’s purpose involves the upkeep, repair, and restoration of The Jewish Center’s ritual and decorative art collection while also providing for the acquisition of new art pieces. These contributions significantly increase the aesthetic value of our synagogue.
 
Shabbat Luncheon Fund
The Shabbat Luncheon Fund provides Kiddush luncheons to enhance our communal Shabbat experience.
 
Silver Circle Scholarship Fund
The Silver Circle Scholarship Fund assists the children in Early Childhood Education Program and the religious school with need-based tuition scholarships. The fund was created by a group of seniors in order to support the youngest members of our community.
 
Social Action
This committee supports a broad range of activities to help enable congregants to repair the world.
 
Social Action-Housing Fund
This fund supports The Jewish Center’s programs related to the plight of the homeless.

Steven Levine Special Education Fund
The Steven Levine Special Education Fund supports the Religious School's Yachdav program which provides a tailored program to students with special learning needs.
 
Torah Repair
This fund supports any needed repairs to our sacred scrolls.
 
Youth and Family Programs:
This fund supports a wide range of programs aimed at school-aged children and their families.