Temple Shalom Funds

Giving Opportunities

Many of us experiencing life cycle events ask how we can mark the occasion with our Temple Family. Friends and relatives often want to commemorate a loved one or honor a special event. We have many ways to make meaningful contributions while supporting the synagogue. Your donation is a wonderful way to help sustain the synagogue, remember someone dear, celebrate a birthday or anniversary, rejoice in the arrival of a child, mourn the passing of a family member or friend or recognize a special event in our lives or those of those we care about.

With a minimum donation of $18, a notice of your gift will be sent to the honoree and mention will be published in The Voice.

Todah Rabah!

Thank you!

General Fund: We believe that Temple Shalom is more than a place where people worship, study, volunteer, and socialize. It is the commitment to our members that drives us to provide the highest quality of synagogue programming and service to our congregants. This fund directly supports Temple Shalom’s operating budget.
Building Fund: Our building, It is critical that we keep our heating and cooling units up to date, ensure that our building is structurally sound, and maintain our inside décor. Please give to our building fund to see Temple Shalom physically into the next several decades.
Security Fund:There are rising safety and security issues for Jewish institutions. Help us provide security for the synagogue.
Tree of Life: Each ‘Rock’ and ‘Star of David’ is a donation of $540.00; each ‘Leaf’ is $240.00. The contribution must be received in its entirety before engraving is ordered.
Tribute Garden: Enhance garden, buildings and grounds. Dedication opportunities are available
Worship Memorial Fund: Donations in memory of loved ones
William Freschel Kiddush Fund: Celebrate a Simcha by sponsoring a Kiddush lunch on Saturday following services with a $150.00 donation to the William Freschel Kiddish Fund . This is a great way for individuals, friends or study groups to show their appreciation to the community
Flower Fund: Our Sanctuary is a beautiful space, and is made even more beautiful by pulpit flowers on Shabbat. You can make a donation in memory or in honor of a special someone or occasion for  $100.00.
Mitzvah Baskets Fund: Bimah food baskets for Shabbat. A $100 donation purchases several hundred dollars of food for JFCS.
Dr. Philip & Shirley Gilbert Music Fund: Enhances music at Temple Shalom.
Prayerbooks and Torah Commentories:  Prayerbooks – $54, Torah commentary – $100 High Holy Days preayerbooks (two book set) – $108. The books will be plated and state that the gift is given in honor or in memory of your loved one by you and/or your family.


Adult Education Fund: Enhance adult education programs.
Religious School Fund: Supplies and activitiess for Jewish learning in Religious and Hebrew Schools.
Religious School Enrichment Fund: Augments the Religious and Hebrew School educational programming.
Polster Religious School Scholarship Fund: Religious and Hebrew School scholarships for students in need.
Ben Calmenson Fund: Sponsors children to attending Camp Coleman.
Joseph S. Weinfeld Faculty Development Fund: Curriculum and teaching skill enrichment activities for Sunday and Hebrew School teachers.
Youth Activities Fund: Financial support for our youth to attend Camp Coleman, to take part in regional/national youth conventions, and summer in Israel experiences.
Preschool Fund: Supplies and activities for the Preschool.
Preschool Enrichment Fund: Books, magazines and media for children and adolescents.
Arby Lipman Children’s Library: For the purchase of children and adolescent books and magazine subscriptions, and supplies.
Jack and Charlotte Ward Family Children’s Music Shelf: Audio and video music for children.

Endowment Funds

General Endowment: To secure the future, enrich programs and provide for emergency needs of the congregation.
Honey Berkle Endowment: Support overall mission of Temple Shalom.
The Paula Brody and Merrill Hassenfeld Endowment: Support operating and capital expenses.
Kraus Scholar In Residence Endowment: To bring visiting scholars to the Temple as an educational benefit to the membership.
The Low Family Endowment: To secure the future of Temple Shalom and Reform Judaism in Southwest Florida.
The Herbert & Ruth Abramson: To supplement general operations and provide enrichment for Temple functions.
The Janet & Howard Solot Endowment: For general charitable uses and purposes.
The Truly Nolen Family Endowment: To support the overall mission of Temple Shalom.


Rabbi Miller’s Discretionary Fund: For tzedakah, charitable purposes,and general enhancement of the Rabbi’s work.
Cantor Azu’s Discretionary Fund: For tzedakah, charitable purposes and general enhancement of the Cantor’s work.
Leadership Fund: Enhance and enrich leadership programs at Temple Shalom.


Rabbi James & Jane Perman Library: Books, magazine subscriptions and supplies.


David and Lillian Thalenfeld Fund for Social Justice: Support Temple’s participation in social justice events and activities.

Oneg Shabbat

This helps us to offer the weekly oneg that our members and guests enjoy so much. The food, the conversation, and the community feel are great. This fund is administered by Temple Shalom Sisterhood.  Please contact Sandy Stone (239) 597-1553.