Opportunities for Giving

Cemetery Restoration Fund

The Beth Joseph Agudath Sholom Cemetery is located on Old Wright Shop Road in Madison Heights and dates back to the early 1900’s.  Routine maintenance of the Cemetery is paid through the Cemetery Trust, which is primarily funded by the purchase of plots and fees for perpetual care.  The Congregation is in the process of a much needed major restoration of the cemetery grounds.  Part of the restoration has been funded by a bequest from the Frances Heiner estate, which has paid for removal of overgrown trees and shrubs and restoration of the brick columns and iron fence and the historic gate and arch.  We have raised enough through donations to landscape a portion of the cemetery; however, fundraising will be required to complete the new landscaping plan and for driveway repair.  Donations should be designated for Cemetery Restoration. 

Rabbi Nimon’s Memorial Scholarship Fund

Donations will be used to establish a Trust in Rabbi Nimon’s name that will provide scholarships for higher education for members of the Congregation.  

Building Fund

The Building Fund is used for capital improvements and major repair expenses.

Congregational Trust Fund

The purpose of the Congregational Trust Fund is to provide a long-term endowment and supplemental income for the congregation.  Proceeds from the fund allow us to have a full-time Rabbi for at least nine months of the year.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund (Sarah Marks Trust)

The Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund is used to provide financial assistance to members of the congregation and to members of the greater community. Disbursements are confidential; however, donations may be earmarked for a specific purpose, allowing the donor to remain anonymous to the recipient.  A bequest from Sarah Marks provided sufficient funds to open a Trust for this fund.  

Memorial Endowment Trust

The purpose of the Memorial Endowment Fund is to strengthen and perpetuate Judaism and Jewish values within the Congregation and the Community.  A bequest from Arthur Freedlender provided sufficient funds to open a Trust for the Memorial Endowment.  The fund has been used to have guest musicians and speakers, to help a members attend the URJ biennial  and for some of the choir members to attend a URJ worship music workshop. In addition to donations, the fund is supported by the purchase of Yarzeit board nameplates.

Agudath Sholom Congregation General Fund

The General Fund is used for day-to-day operating expenses for the congregation, including the Rabbi’s salary, utilities, building and grounds maintenance, the bulletin, office expenses, and religious and educational expenses. All donations that are not designated for a specific fund go into the General Fund.  You may designate your donation for particular purposes as follows.  Any undesignated donation will be used to offset operating expenses.  You may also designate your donation for a purpose that is not listed and we will make every effort to see that your donations is used for that purpose.

Choir Fund

Donations help offset the expense of professional musicians for the High Holy Days.

Library Fund

Donations are used to purchase books and supplies for the synagogue library.

Kol Nidre

Kol Nidre donations are in response to the Kol Nidre appeal and are used to offset general expenses.

Yahrzeit

Donations are made in memory of a loved one’s yahrzeit and are used to offset general expenses.

Religious School

Donations are used to fund special activities and social events for the Religious School. 

Onegs

Donations are made to sponsor an oneg for a specific date and made be made in honor of an occasion or person or in memory of a loved one.  Levels of sponsorship are $50 and $75.

Social Action

Donations are used to fund social action projects in the community.

Security

Donations are  used to offset the cost of a security officer for Shabbat Services, Religious School, and special events at the synagogue.   

Food Bank

Donations are forwarded to the Rivermont Emergency Food Bank in your name.

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