The Rabbinic Endowment Fund generates income to subsidize the compensation of a Rabbi for the congregation.
For our first eighty-four years, we lacked a Rabbi. Thanks to generous donors, since 1996 we have enjoyed the leadership, education, arbitration, inspiration, and personal guidance that only a rabbi can provide. But it is a financial struggle for such a small, family congregation as ours. We hope that our Rabbinic Endowment Fund, as its principal grows over time, will eventually generate enough income to guarantee our ability to have a Rabbi in perpetuity.
The Preservation Endowment Fund generates income to preserve and maintain our historic building in perpetuity.
Our building is listed on the U. S. Department of the Interior's list of National Historic Places. It's a nice honor; and the plaque by the front door constantly reminds us of our responsibility to preserve and maintain our special place. However, this distinction does not come with any government help. And a building this age requires plenty of care. We hope our Preservation Endowment Fund will grow until its income can maintain our synagogue for its second hundred years and beyond.
The Gilfix-Galpern Family Flower Endowment Fund generates income to purchase flowers for the bima on the High Holidays and other occasions. Begun with a donation from Sarah Gilfix Galpern and her husband Harold Galpern, income from this fund beautifies our services on the High Holy Days, and on other occasions as its income may permit.