We are ever-grateful for your donations, as they enable us to do our sacred work. Whether large or small, one-time or recurring – your contributions mean so much to us. Thank you.
The 180th Anniversary fundraising appeal is a one-time request directed to our congregants, alumni, and friends to help secure the future of Temple Ohabei Shalom for the coming decade and beyond. All contributions to the 180th campaign are to be directed to our three endowment funds: the Hineini Fund, the Sanctuary Fund, and the Fund for Lifelong Learning. These funds help the preservation of our historic sanctuary and support our diverse educational and programmatic offerings.
Our welcoming environment has made it possible to touch tens of thousands of lives over 18 decades. Please contribute generously so that we can ensure that the culture of welcome will be sustained for the next generation and beyond. L’dor v’dor, from generation to generation.
The Annual Circle of Giving Drive provides consistency in our fundraising. Everyone, members and non-members alike, joins us in supporting our community. Circle of Giving contributions help to support our moving worship services, our distinctive brand of education, stellar programming and the warm embrace of community offered to all. For a complete list of Circle of Giving donors for this fiscal year, please click here. For gifts of insurance policies and appreciated assets, please contact the Executive Director.
Jewish lore holds that at any time in history there are 36 righteous people who are quietly responsible for saving the world. These are the Tzadikim Nistarim (hidden righteous ones), also known as the Lamed Vavniks (Lamed is 30 and Vav is 6). In 2014, Temple Ohabei Shalom initiated the Lamed Vavnik campaign, with several congregants donating at least $36,000, driving the successful refurbishment of our historic Sanctuary. Today we are confronting the loss of significant revenue streams and increased expenses with the closing of our building and the move of our services on-line. To address this mismatch and protect the survival of the Temple, we must again appeal to the generosity of our friends and congregants with a new Lamed Vavnik campaign. The new Lamed Vavnik campaign’s goal is to put the Temple on stronger long-term financial footing. Our goal is for at least 36 family units to pledge at least $36,000 to be paid over a period of one, two, or three years. These contributions will be applied to sustaining ongoing Temple operations, the TOS Hineini and Sanctuary Funds, the TOS endowment.
Temple Ohabei Shalom, and in particular our beautiful Sanctuary, has been a spiritual home to Jews of the greater community for generations past. Our home is in need of repair, and it is now up to us to ensure that the Sanctuary may continue to serve its essential role for the next generation and beyond. This is what L’Dor Va’Dor is all about: from generation to generation. Your gift, which will be deposited into a segregated fund dedicated exclusively for Sanctuary renovations, will help make this possible. We very much hope that we will have participation by everyone. Even if your gift is $18, your contribution is most meaningful. Our Sanctuary has served every one of us, and each of us should do their share to preserve our Sanctuary for the next generation.
We are stewards of an historical structure, passed to us by many generations who dedicated their efforts in pursuit of meaningful Jewish lives. Through their efforts, we pray, celebrate, learn and make connections within our community under a magnificent Dome. Our synagogue requires a great deal of upkeep, repair and constant updating to keep it functioning and accessible to all. Your donations keep our building, worship spaces, the socials halls and classrooms ready for use.
Music has always been an integral part of our legacy. Donations help to support an outstanding Shabbat Band, fund the rich voices that move us during High Holiday services, and bring special musical programming. Some highlights over recent years include guest appearances by Israeli Superstar David Broza, Jonathan Gramling of Soulfege, Neshama Carlebach, and others, as well as events like Reggae Shabbat, featuring our own talented musicians under the leadership of Music Director David Sparr.
The Sisterhood of Temple Ohabei Shalom has played a major role in our synagogue community for over 100 years! We have a long and impressive history of enriching the synagogue and ourselves as a community through friendship, education, and social action. The Sisterhood reflects the principles of Reform Judaism through its programming which includes, among other things: providing, in conjunction with Brotherhood, gifts to B’nei Mitzvah; making annual donations to support TOS and the Ansin Religious School; helping to support Jewish Family Table, the Grow Clinic, the Brookline Community Refrigerator, and other worthwhile charities; participating in an annual Mitzvah Project that supports The Women’s Lunch Place; organizing cultural and educational programs such as the Movie Mavens Group and the Meet the Creative Person Forum; and organizing good times together such as our Hanukkah Luncheon and Yankee Swap, Tu B’Shevat Seder, and Annual Meeting and Dinner.
The Brotherhood of Temple Ohabei Shalom seeks to foster friendship and connections between the men of our community. The Brotherhood sponsors Health & Well-Being Programs, like the Annual Blood Drive and Health Awareness Programs, and through the PENN Trust, provides scholarships to the Ansin Religious School, as well as co-sponsoring events and projects that benefit the greater Temple Ohabei Shalom community.
Anyone can sponsor a Kiddush (reception after services) or flowers for our bimah for Shabbat Services. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor a family member or friend or to commemorate the anniversary of a loved one who has passed. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Event Coordinator, Stacey Boisvert.
There are many ways to honor or remember loved ones here at Temple Ohabei Shalom. If you wish to make a tribute, see our list of offerings.
If you prefer to send your donation by mail, please note which fund you would like your donation to go towards and mail your check to Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446.