We believe that membership should reflect a relationship and experience within our kehillah (community). Membership is voluntary and we invite you to contribute as “your heart so moves you” and should reflect your personal commitment to our congregation.
Much thought went into ensuring the name of the program would be meaningful to our community.
T’rumah: When it came time to build the Mishkan, the desert Tent of worship, every Israelite was expected to make a financial contribution. The Torah did not specify a set amount, rather, “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you shall accept gifts from every person whose heart so moves him.’” (Ex. 25:2-3) Every Israelite was expected to bring a freewill offering, of their own choosing, to build the sanctuary, but God did not say how much. God had faith in the Israelites. God knew that because of their love and faith that they would be as generous as possible.
As a baseline, an annual operating cost will be shared with our members. The sustaining number reflects the amount determined as our per-adult member cost for the fiscal year. This number may alter annually due to a variety of factors. Keeping in mind the sustaining number, our members will then determine their contribution for the coming year which will include their High Holy Day Pledge.
In addition, the following levels are designed to recognize those whose commitments reach beyond the sustaining number:
Of course, we will continue to gratefully accept donations commemorating life cycle events and continued support of our fundraising efforts.
We strongly believe that this innovative program will enhance and ensure the continued vibrancy of Tifereth Israel. If you have any questions about the new financial system, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May we continue to grow mechayil el-chayil, from strength to strength.