There are many ways to give to the temple. You can make an outright donation; give of your time; or give to various funds as a way of honoring, memorializing or congratulating friends or family. The temple budget is greatly enhanced by these gifts. Your gift is acknowledged to the person(s) you have designated on the form. Below are examples of the many opportunities for participation in support of the temple. Thank you for your generosity!
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund: Allows the Rabbi to fund tzedekah (commonly translated as charity) and chesed (acts of loving kindness) projects at his discretion that might not be feasible without additional funds.
Building Fund: Although the renovation of our sanctuary and construction of our fabulous Mordecai Sheftall Memorial Hall were completed in 2003, we continue to have a small unpaid balance on our construction loan.
Below is a full list of temple donor funds and their descriptions.
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For information concerning Honor Dues, gifts to our Endowment Fund, gift annuities, gifts of cash and securities, testament bequests (gifts by will) or gifts by trust, please contact the Temple President.
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TEMPLE DONOR FUNDS
This is a brief synopsis of some of the various funds that serve the congregation. These funds will gladly accept donations of any size, except where indicated. Please make checks payable to Congregation Mickve Israel and note on your check the funds to which you wish to contribute. If you would like to have your gift recognized in publications, please be sure your name is given as you would want it printed. We will honor any donor’s request not to have their name published as well. You should mail the donation to the Temple office at P.O. Box 816, Savannah, GA 31402-0816.
MICKVE ISRAEL GENERAL DONATION FUND: An unrestricted fund that is utilized as appropriately needed by the Board of Adjunta.
BUILDING FUND: A restricted fund for the construction and maintenance of the new Mordecai Sheftall Memorial Hall and renovation of our historic sanctuary.
PERMANENT FUND: This endowment fund was begun in 1849 to serve the congregation although it is separately governed by a three-person Board of Trustees. By the Charter, all of the annual earned income is presented to the congregation and is incorporated into Temple operating funds.
MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND: This endowment fund was begun in 1944 to serve the congregation and is separately governed by a three-person Board of Trustees. The Trustees decide how much earned income is turned over to the congregation to be incorporated into Temple operating funds.
GEORGE AND JULIA SOLOMON FUND: The Rabbi’s discretionary fund, which is disbursed confidentially by the Rabbi.
MUSEUM FUND: A restricted fund used for enhancing, maintaining, and expanding the Temple Museum and archives.
COLEMAN LIBRARY FUND: A restricted fund used for buying books for the Coleman Library and to meet other literary needs.
MILDRED A. KUHR MUSIC FUND: A restricted fund used to provide a professional female singer to sing in the Classical Reform tradition for Sabbath services at the Temple.
MEMORIAL FLORAL FUNDS: Separate family floral funds administered to ensure that flowers are placed in the sanctuary on specific yahrzeit dates in perpetuity. Minimum donation is $1,000.
JEAN E. MOPPER LIVING MEMORIAL FUND: A restricted fund used for presenting guest lecturers or events during a Sabbath program or for other needs identified by the Rabbi.
DR. MELVIN SUTKER AND ALEX SUTKER MEMORIAL FUND: A restricted fund used for buying audiovisual supplies and equipment.
RABBI SOLOMON E. STARRELS FUND: A restricted fund used for supporting a Sabbath cultural arts program.
MORDECAI SHEFTALL CEMETERY TRUST FUND: The Mordecai Sheftall Cemetery, located just south of Cohen Street in Savannah, is situated on land that was granted to Mordecai Sheftall by King George III on September 7, 1762. Mordecai Sheftall protected the cemetery by placing it in trust via a Trust Indenture dated August 2, 1733 ". . . for a place of burials for persons professing the Jewish Religion . . . ". The cemetery is managed by a Board of Trustees, who serve pursuant to the 1773 Trust Indenture and who currently are Philip Solomons, Ellen Rothschild Byck, B.H. Levy, Jr., Ralph Solomons, and Philip Solomons, Jr. Donations to the Mordecai Sheftall Cemetery Trust Fund are used to pay for landscape maintenance and other upkeep of the historic burial grounds.