In Judaism, tzedakah is a mitzvah. This word comes from the Hebrew root meaning “justice” and “righteousness,” and many passages in the Torah indicate the value of tzedakah. It is customary to place money in a tzedakah box just prior to Shabbat, holidays and other special occasions. In fact, some households make a monthly or yearly family project of determining which worthy cause will be the recipient of their tzedakah. For more information, see Tzedakah Box at the URJ.

Thank you for considering a donation to Temple Israel as an act of charity and support of the Temple Israel community. Many people donate money by specifying a Temple Tribute Fund, but there are other ways that you can support the Temple Israel community.

Donate to the Annual Fund

Help support the day to day operations of Temple Israel Akron

Temple Tribute Funds

You can use Temple Tribute Funds throughout the year to note occasions of joy and sorrow. After a contribution, Temple Israel mails a card of acknowledgment bearing the donor’s name to the person or family being honored or to the bereaved family. Contributions are also acknowledged in the Temple Israel’s newsletter, The WINDOW.

To donate by credit card online to Temple Israel, click the Donate Online button below, fill in the Donation form and specify the fund (or a general donation):

To donate by check or cash, click the Contributions Form button below. After printing the form, fill it in and specify the fund.

If you’re paying by check, please include the printed form with your check. You can drop both off or mail them in. If you’re paying with cash, you can drop off the cash with the form at the Temple office. (Please do not mail cash.)

Establishing Your Own Tribute Fund at Temple Israel

Several opportunities exist for creating new funds to benefit Temple Israel. You are welcome to establish a fund. To do so, funds must have a beginning principal amount of at least $25,000. Contact either the President or Treasurer of Temple Israel for more information and to discuss potential purposes for your new fund.

All new funds are approved by the Temple Israel Board of Trustees.

Other Ways To Donate

Rather than making a monetary donation, you can purchase items for Temple. Click to view our Temple’s Amazon Wish List. You can also purchase items at Amazon and have a percentage of your purchase donated to the Temple through the Akron Hebrew Congregation Smile account. Also, remember that volunteering is a great way ‘to gift’ the Temple if your funds are limited.

To discuss a planned gift or estate planning options, please call the Temple office at 330/665-2000 or use the Temple’s contact form and select the Administrator.