Opportunities for Giving

Agudath Sholom Congregation maintains the following Trust Funds that are subject to the Agudath Sholom Investment Policy.  Donations should be made to Agudath Sholom and specify the particular fund.

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.

Beth Joseph Cemetery Trust Fund

The purpose of the Cemetery Trust Fund is to provide perpetual care for the Beth Joseph-Agudath Sholom Cemetery.

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.  

Sarah Marks Trust (Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund)

The Sarah Marks Trust Fund provides support for the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to provide financial assistance to members of the congregation, to members of the greater community, and to 501-C3 charities. Disbursements are confidential; however, donations may be earmarked for a specific purpose, allowing the donor to remain anonymous to the recipient. Donations may also be made directly to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.

Memorial Endowment Fund

The purpose of the Memorial Endowment Trust 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 subsidize the cost of Jewish camp for member children, have guest musicians and speakers, to help a members attend URJ events and training. In addition to donations, the fund is supported by the purchase of Yahrzeit board plaques.

Stanley And Pamela Levinson Religious Education Trust Fund

The purpose of the Stanley and Pamela Levinson Religious Education Trust Fund is provide financial support to the Agudath Sholom Religious School. The intent is to support the Jewish educational process, enhancing the students’ educational experiences without the need to increase the Agudath Sholom’s operating budget.

Agudath Sholom Congregation also maintains a money-market fund for building expenses and a general fund.  

Building Fund

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

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 Trust fund or the Building Fund go into the General Fund. You may designate your donation for particular purposes as follows. You may also designate your donation for a purpose that is not listed and we will make every effort to see that your donation is used for that purpose. Any undesignated donation will be used for general expenses as needed.

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. Driveway repair and landscaping are on-going projects and donations for these purposes are greatly needed.

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.


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. 


Donations are usually made for a specific date. They may be made in honor of an occasion, a 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.


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

Lynchburg Jewish Community Council (LJCC)

Donations are used for the purpose of strengthening and perpetuating Judaism and Jewish values within the Congregation, the Community, and the World. Distribution of donations is determined by the LJCC Committee.

Food Bank

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

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