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Campaign for a Stronger & Sustainable Emunah

As you know, the Campaign for a Stronger and Sustainable Emunah is now in full swing. This effort to address our facility needs, eliminate our debt, and build our endowment will sustain Temple Emunah for this generation and those to come.

We now move on to the phase of the campaign where we make this campaign yours. Our dear friends, Deanna & Sid Wolk, have challenged us to make financial support of our congregation a value every family in our community honors. To this end, the Wolks will contribute $250,000 once we receive 300 pledges! Of course, we are never ones to shy from a challenge and plan to engage 100% of our community. We have gotten to this point in the Campaign by sitting with friends and neighbors and talking about what Emunah means to us all. The challenge before us now is to widen this circle of conversation and commitment.

As we move forward, please be receptive to speaking or gathering with volunteer congregants on a more personal level about why they have decided to support the campaign. Make no mistake; this goal will indeed be a challenge. As a point of reference, in Temple Emunah’s last major campaign for the endowment, we had 175 participants. Getting to 300 pledges requires that everyone step up and donate what they believe to be a meaningful contribution. Please note that, with the Wolks’ generosity, each of the remaining 220 donations gets a $1,000 boost in value. We will push hard to make our goal this spring, yet expect the work to continue until the High Holy Days.

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Here are some potential next steps for you:

  • Give some thought to your level of support for the Campaign.
  • Call the Campaign co-chairs, Lois Bruss (617/872- 1037) or Alan Sherman (781/863-5227), to discuss your participation.
  • Learn more about the Campaign and participate at upcoming gatherings at Temple Emunah.
  • Volunteer to host or co-host a Campaign gathering at your home.
  • Respond if someone calls you about a pledge or invites you to a Campaign event

Wishing you warmth and us all success,

David Landis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Participate in the Wolk 300 Challenge Today

Memorial Boards

Our Memorial Boards are a way of remembering loved ones and keeping them in our minds when we are in the sanctuary, particularly during the month in which a yahrzeit falls and at the four times a year we say yizkor.  The current Memorial Boards, designed by our members, were installed over a period of years, first in the old sanctuary and then in the new sanctuary.  Our current Memorial Boards are now filled to capacity and are plagued by a number of issues that detract from the sanctity of their purpose. 

After investigating the possibility of retrofitting our current Memorial Boards with new technology, we found that wasn’t a viable solution. We concluded that the best option would be to replace totally the current Memorial Boards, with new plaques for those already memorialized on our current boards and with increased capacity for our needs well into the future. We identified potential vendors and decided to work with W&E Baum, a company with three generations of experience providing memorial plaques to synagogues.

The design we have chosen maintains much of the look of our current Memorial Boards, with 5 wooden panels across the side walls of the sanctuary, incorporating the stained glass and carved wood artwork from our existing plaque boards interspersed in an array of individual plaques.  This project will double our plaque capacity in the same wall space we use now.  

A congregational meeting about this project will take place on Tuesday, March 24 following minyan at 7:00pm.

Here is the proposed design of the replacement memorial boards:

Proposed Memorial Board Design

Sefer Haftarot

For 54 years Temple Emunah has prided itself on building a strong community where our members participate in the full life of our religious rituals. Empowering Jews to daven (lead services), leyn Torah and chant the haftarah is part and parcel of the Emunah experience.

Click HERE to view the images of our Sefer Haftarot

 


In order to enhance our services, Temple Emunah is commissioning its own Sefer Haftarot - a scroll of all the prophetic passages we read on Shabbat and holidays. How wonderful is it to open up our ark doors and see the beautiful sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls). Now, we can look forward to adding to that group with a Sefer Haftarot scroll to highlight the spiritual sanctity and meaning of the prophetic readings. Our prophets were the great innovators of Judaism, infusing our tradition with morality, justice, religious fervor and, most of all, hope. Now, their teachings can occupy an even more central place in our experience.

So often have we been moved by the wonderful way our congregants meaningfully and skillfully chant the haftarah including, and especially, our students.

Not only will this new Sefer Haftarot enhance our religious experience, but it will also provide a meaningful way to sponsor a unique spiritual object. It will also help sustain our community.  In Mark's remarks at Kol Nidrei, he spoke about the many improvements and repairs that were made in our building the summer under the leadership of Susan Rubenstein.

We were fortunate that we had the capital funds to make the many repairs and to convert our heating system from oil to gas. Now that we have completed these projects, it is time to make sure that the funds for sustaining our community will be there for our future needs. This year we have an opportunity to not only enhance our Shabbat services, but also to insure that we can fund the needs of our community in the future by commissioning our own Sefer Haftarot scroll.

By commissioning our own Sefer Haftarot, we will have the opportunity to add a powerful new aspect to our Shabbat service and to create a special liturgical legacy for current and future generations at Temple Emunah. The Sefer Haftarot will serve as a connection between generations past, present, and future through the dedication of individual haftarot, verses, words, letters, and more by our members.

Click HERE for our Brochure, with information about how to participate in this worthy project. 

Click HERE to read the program from our Dedication Ceremony on November 15, 2015.

Click HERE to read Rabbi Lerner's article about this project, Chanting A Legacy.

TD Bank Affinity Program

We are now members of TD Bank's Affinity Program in which TD Bank will contribute annually to Temple Emunah. In order for us to be eligible for a contribution, 50 accounts have to be signed up with Emunah's Affinity code which is A3616. TD computes its contribution based on .5% of your checking account balance and 0.25% on your savings, money market, CD and IRA balances. This has NO effect on your earnings. And there is NO cost to you or Emunah.

You can link an existing account to the program or open a new one. Simply call or go to a branch and ask that your account be part of the affinity program and use affinity code A3616.  Emunah is not eligible for a contribution until we meet the minimum level of linked accounts, so act soon! Click HERE for more details.

The program is not limited to our members, so tell friends and family who want to support Temple Emunah to sign up their accounts as well - no matter where they are located! It's easy!

Temple Emunah will be given a lump sum, and won't receive any information about individual accounts. We also won't know who is participating. You can only sign up one account per household, so please sign up using the one with the highest balance.

Just think if you have $2000 in a checking account that means Temple Emunah will get $10 and if every member had $2000 that would add up to over $5000 for Temple Emunah while we all slept at night, and if you have more than $2000, then we get even more - the numbers will add up. So please, let's try to make money for Temple Emunah while we sleep.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

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Judaica Shop

The Eleanor S. Neumann Memorial Judaica Shop is open Sundays from 9am to 1pm when Religious School is in session. On weekdays, we are happy to open up for you at a mutually convenient time.

The Judaica Shop carries a variety of ritual and gift items at moderate prices. Many of our items are made in Israel and are purchased directly from Israeli vendors whenever possible. Thus, a purchase at our shop supports Israel and Israeli artisans as well as Temple Emunah, and the various organizations and projects to which our Sisterhood contributes (e.g., youth programming, Jewish Theological Seminary, etc.)

Volunteer to work in the shop! It is a great way to meet people and you also get a 10% discount on anything you purchase on the day that you work. Call Susan Rubenstein 781-861-7371 or email her by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Endowment

Temple Emunah's General Endowment is a permanent, unrestricted endowment fund. The income from the endowment helps enable us to:

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● Secure programs and services

● Maintain the Synagogue

● Allow strategic introduction of new programs

● Keep dues at reasonable levels and continue offering assistance to those in need

 

 

 

B'Emunah: Eternal Excellence Endowment Campaign

As has every generation that preceded us, we are committed to passing on our heritage to future generations and to sustaining our magnificent congregation. As we celebrate our history and recognize the many contributions that our founders and others who came before us have made to establish and build Temple Emunah, it is likewise our responsibility to look ahead to our future and focus on the growing and complex needs of our members.

Our community is thriving, vibrant and healthy. As we are blessed with new members, we find growth at both ends of our demographics. As many of our veteran members age, many of our new members are under the age of fifty. These shifts challenge us to find a stable revenue source to meet the needs of all our members, to enable us to match our congregants' continuing enthusiasm for more services and programs and to empower our rabbis who are eager to do more and to reach out to those in need.

We are not alone in facing this challenge. As many not-for-profit organizations across the country have concluded, endowment is the best, if not the only way for us to meet our needs today and to secure the Temple's future for generations to come. Our endowment will provide a perpetual source of income for the congregation while reducing the ever growing pressure on dues.

Our endowment campaign in ongoing. We have achieved nearly 60% of our initial five million dollar goal. We are working hard to reach that goal – and to surpass it. Our success requires that all Temple Emunah families and friends participate in this historic and meaningful campaign. Your donation will ensure our synagogue thrives long into the future. This is a job that only we can do!

There are two forms of giving: cash and deferred (or "Legacy Gifts"). Cash gifts can be paid over a period of years. All commitments at any level to the campaign will be recognized in perpetuity and there are opportunities for named dedications of programs and facilities.

Legacy Gifts are being accepted with an array of vehicles to facilitate a win-win situation between the donor, the Internal Revenue Service, and Temple Emunah. The campaign encourages commitments as simple as a bequest and as sophisticated as a Charitable Gift Annuity (an option that allows you to maintain a source of income from your gift).

Cash and Legacy Gifts will be recognized in our permanent recognition - a beautiful plaque in the upper lobby. All donations are tax deductible.

To donate or learn more about the Temple Emunah Endowment Campaign:

Please call Rabbi David Lerner or David Ezekiel at the synagogue office at 781-861-0300

 

Car Donations

Why donate your vehicle?

There are many reasons, here are a few:

  • You can receive fair market value of your donation as a tax deduction. Please consult your tax advisor.
  • You can avoid the costs, time and responsibility of trying to sell the car yourself.
  • Avoid any more repair bills.
  • Dealer trade-in allowances are too low.

When you help, your donation will enable the Temple to continue to be a vibrant, active Jewish community in the Lexington area.

How do I donate?

Call 781-861-0300 and speak with our Administrative Assistant for further details.

Paperwork will be sent out if the vehicle can be accepted as a donation.

Online Donations

Please use this form to make a donation to one of Temple Emunah's many funds which support general operations, specific purposes and our General Endowment. 

At this time, we ask you to submit ONE FORM PER DONATION.

The minimum donation is $10.00. 


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Online Donations

Please use this form to make a donation to one of Temple Emunah's many funds.  Help us continue to meet the many needs of our community.

Your login ID is your email address.  If you are not a member, please create a guest account. Questions?  Call 781-861-0300 during normal business hours and someone will be happy to help you.

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Eleanor Neumann Judaica Shop

The Eleanor S. Neumann Memorial Judaica Shop is open Sundays from 9am to 1pm when Religious School is in session. On weekdays, we are happy to open up for you at a mutually convenient time.

The Judaica Shop carries a variety of ritual and gift items at moderate prices. Many of our items are made in Israel and are purchased directly from Israeli vendors whenever possible. Thus, a purchase at our shop supports Israel and Israeli artisans as well as Temple Emunah, and the various organizations and projects to which our Sisterhood contributes (e.g., youth programming, Jewish Theological Seminary, etc.)

Volunteer to work in the shop! It is a great way to meet people and you also get a 10% discount on anything you purchase on the day that you work. Call the temple office at 781-861-0300 to contact the Sisterhood Judaica Shop Chairs.