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Partnering pays off for synagogues

Happy Rosh Hashana

As part of our capacity building services to Bay Area organizations, last fall the Federation instituted a Fundraising Initiative which provides one-on-one coaching and group training to the lay and professional leadership at seven local synagogues on enhancing their fundraising skills and results.

This past month 25 synagogue leaders from Sonoma to Palo Alto attended workshops to improve their High Holiday fundraising campaigns and ongoing stewardship of donors. This intensive two-year program, offered through the Synagogue-Federation Partnership and funded through a Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund grant, helps synagogues which do not have extensive fundraising experience to better secure their financial stability for their future.

An added benefit is that the training and coaching sessions have created shared momentum and a sense of community, as well as provided a forum for these synagogue leaders to share knowledge and best practices.

Participating congregations include Congregation Adath Israel, San Francisco; Congregation Beth Israel Judea, San Francisco; Congregation Chevra Thilim, San Francisco; Congregation Shir Shalom, Sonoma; Gan HaLev, Western Marin; Keddem Congregation, Palo Alto; and Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City.

If you’d like to learn more about the Fundraising Initiative and how you can help ensure a vibrant tomorrow for your synagogue, contact Rabbi Marv Goodman at 415.369.2860.

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Scholarships for Synagogue schools now available!

The Jewish Community Federation is providing funds for need-based financial assistance to enable families to keep their children enrolled in 27 congregational schools in the Federation’s service area. Families with children in grades K-12 can qualify to receive tuition assistance for the 2009-2010 school year. Funds for the scholarship program came from the Federation’s JCF Catalyst Initiative, and were made available as part of the Federation’s ongoing partnership with local synagogues. Partly inspired by the generosity of the Jim Joseph Foundation in providing need-based scholarship money for Jewish day schools, high schools, and overnight camps, the Catalyst funding is designed to fill a gap helping families with children in religious schools, also affected by economic hardship.

The Catalyst Initiative is an innovative initiative fueled by a $7 million allocation from the Federation’s Endowment Fund. Funds are used to provide immediate assistance to families and individuals affected by today’s economic crisis, to help build long-term sustainability in our institutions, to reach out to the next generation of Jews in a call to service, and to serve as an inspiration to other Foundations and philanthropists.

Call a participating synagogue today to see if you qualify.

San Francisco
Congregation Beth Israel-Judea
Congregation Beth Sholom
Congregation B’nai Emunah
Congregation Emanu-El
Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
Congregation Sherith Israel
Or Shalom Jewish Community
North Bay
B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Congregation Beth Ami
Congregation Kol Shofar
Congregation Ner Shalom
Congregation Rodef Sholom
Congregation Shir Shalom
Congregation Shomrei Torah
Gan HaLev Jewish Congregation of the San Geronimo Valley
  The Peninsula
Coastside Jewish Community
Congregation Beth Am
Congregation Beth Jacob
Congregation Etz Chayim
Congregation Kol Emeth
Keddem Congregation
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Peninsula Temple Sholom
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