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Special Funds and Where The Money Goes

In addition to a General Donation, there are various special funds you may contribute to at Temple Israel.  It is important for you to know how the money for each fund is used and how these donations not only help Temple Israel thrive but also help the greater Palm Beach County community.

Below is a breakdown of each fund and how your gift is a wonderful way to honor someone you care about.  If you wish to contribute to one or more of these Special Funds, you may do so with one payment.  Please make sure to attach a note or write in the memo line where the money is to be allocated.

If you prefer, feel free to contact our Temple Office to see where funds are currently needed most: (561) 833-8421 or

List of Temple Israel Funds

ARZA – This fund contributes to The Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) which is the American Reform movement’s Zionist organization and, by their mission, “endeavors to make Israel fundamental to the sacred lives and Jewish identity of Reform Jews.”

Beautification Fund – This fund keeps TI beautiful and also allows us to bridge our past with our future.  Among other items, this fund has enabled us to beautify garden areas with our patio furniture for congregants to rest and enjoy the great South Florida weather.  Through this fund we have purchased displayed works of Judaica within our buildings, ballroom chairs, linens, etc.  A most meaningful addition from this fund are the framed former Torah covers that are now hanging in the Kraft Sanctuary, allowing our history to be shared with our current members.

Building Maintenance Fund – This fund supports the physical demands of our brick and mortar structure.  It allows us to make repairs and improvements for a more secure, functioning and beautiful Temple for all who enter our doors.

Continuing Jewish Adult Education for Adults Fund – This fund helps TI bring in guest speakers, affords scholars-in-residence and hosts programs at little to no cost to the congregation.  It also supports our educational and spiritual courses and catalog.

Harvey Goldberg Technology/Innovation Fund – This fund supports all of TI’s technology needs from software and programs to screens, projectors, computers, etc.

Jewish Education for Youth Fund – This fund supports our Religious School and funding for education supplies.

Judaica Fund – This fund allows TI to purchase and/or repair various religious and cultural items/artifacts, including our Torahs, Havdalah set, Seder plates, Shabbat candles and other ritual items.

Kraft Cultural Arts Fund – This fund supports our annual Kraft Cultural Luncheon.

Kraft Family Life Education Fund – This fund contributes to family programming and education at TI.

Leadership Development Fund – This fund makes it possible for TI’s leadership (board members, committee members and congregants) to receive leadership training both at Temple Israel and at conferences, as well as provides materials for our lay leaders to better serve the TI family and Palm Beach County community.

Library/Media Fund – This fund supports the physical TI library structure/Media Center and the various books, multimedia and materials for the space and educational components for the Temple.

Mitzvah Fund – This fund supports our congregants in times of need, including the birth of a new baby, an illness or a loved one’s passing (examples of the support might include flowers or a shiva platter).

Prayer Book/Torah Commentary Fund – This fund helps TI purchase and/or replace prayers books and Torah commentary books.

Programming Fund – This fund funds various programs, guest speakers and meals that TI hosts throughout the year.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund – Our Rabbi directs the use of this fund.  It is primarily used to help congregants in financial need and to fund unfunded programs at TI.

RHS Youth Fund – Named after TI’s Rabbi Emeritus Howard Shapiro, this fund provides scholarships and financial assistance to our school age children to attend URJ programs/camps, as
well as supports our youth group/ informal youth education activities.

Social Action Fund – This fund supports all of TI’s Social Action and Social Justice programs and allows us to make a significant difference in our community.

Special Needs – This fund allows TI to support various worthwhile causes in our community and within our TI family.  It is dispersed where needed most.

Tishman Staff Development Fund – This fund helps make it possible for our TI staff to receive leadership training both in our community and at conferences, as well as provides materials for our staff to better serve our TI family and Palm Beach County community.

Tree of Life Fund – This fund supports TI’s operating budget while providing a keepsake in memory/honor of a loved one. A Tree of Life leaf may be purchased for $180 and is a wonderful way to mark a special occasion in your family’s life.

Tzedakah – This fund allows TI to support the needs of our Temple and both our local and international communities.

Vineberg Floral Fund – This fund provides flowers on our bimah during our worship services and for special programs.

Warren Canfield Music Fund – This fund allows TI to secure guest musicians and singers for the High Holy Days and throughout the year. It also supports the needs of our volunteer choir.