An Endowment is Forever!

TBE endowments are linked to important aspects of Temple Life. The purpose of endowments is twofold: to provide a stable future for the congregation and to provide a cushion for difficult economic times. Endowments also offer flexibility for future Temple programming.

TBE endowment contributions are invested with the Jewish Community Foundation of Washtenaw County. Most endowments require a $500 minimum contribution. If you would like more information about any of the endowments below, please call the TBE office at 734-665-4744 to speak with SooJi Min, the Executive Director.

Donate to any of the following funds by clicking on their linked names or by sending a check directly to TBE's office.


Temple Beth Emeth Endowments

Caring Community Endowment: supports the activities of TBE's Caring Community Program, which provides for the needs of the TBE community. There is no minimum endowment contribution.

L'dor V'dor Endowment initially funded with an unrestricted gift of $100,000 from the Jacob Price Trust, this fund is used to provide general support to TBE. There is no minimum endowment contribution.

Melvin and Lois Levy Endowment: honors the Rabbi Emeritus Robert Levy's parents, Melvin and Lois Levy, and is used to provide annual operating support. There is no minimum endowment contribution.

Music and Spirituality Endowment in Honor of Cantor Emerita Annie Rose: established in honor of Cantor Emerita Annie Rose's more than 20 years of service to TBE. Distributions from the fund will be used to support music and spirituality.

Sundelson Library Endowment: established by Charlotte Sundelson and late husband Jack, this fund is used to purchase books, computers and other educational resources for the library. The minimum endowment contribution is $500.


Other TBE Fund Information

Adult Education Fund: supports the Temple's Adult Education Program, including trainings and workshops.

Back Door Food Pantry Fund: supports the purchasing of food for the Back Door Food Pantry, a collaboration between TBE, St. Clare's and Muslim Social Services. 

Building Fund: helps maintain, furnish, and supply capital expenditure monies for TBE's Jewish space. The Building Endowment may also be used to support Genesis building needs.

Cantor's Discretionary Fund: provides funds to be used at the discretion of the Cantor.

Flower Fund: provides support for bima flowers.

General Fund: provides general operating support to TBE for use during the current fiscal year.

Genesis Landscape Fund: supports the ongoing care and maintenance of the gardens and grounds.

Memorial Garden Care Fund: helps maintain and upkeep the Temple's cemetery section at Arborcrest Memorial Gardens.

Music Fund: supports the music program of the Temple such as annual or biennial concerts, a Jewish music scholar-in-residence, instrument purchases, music, or support of the choirs in any number of ways, including the commissioning of music.

Oneg Fund: provides support for a congregational oneg following Shabbat services.

Piano Fund: Donations to this fund are used to purchase and maintain keyboard instruments.

Professional Development Fund in Honor of Ronnie Simon: established in honor of TBE's former executive director, provides support for ongoing leadership development and training of the administrative staff.

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund: provides funds to be used at the discretion of the Rabbi.

Religious Education Fund: provides need-based tuition scholarships and supports current and future projects and initiatives of the Religious School.

Social Action Fund: Donations are used to social action projects and events, and as a vehicle to pass directed donations to social service organizations such as Alpha House.

Spiritual Life Fund: maintains the readiness of the sanctuary and chapel for prayer. Uses include: purchase of prayer books, purchase and maintenance of ritual objects, and/or other support of religious services.

Year of Torah Fund: Was used to fund the restoration of TBE's Torah and Navi scrolls. Remaining funds are being made available to invest in ideas and programs that enhance the spiritual life of the TBE congregation and the broader Jewish community. Programs and initiatives that receive funding should aim to have a lasting positive impact on the spiritual life of the congregation over five or even ten years after implementation. There is an open application and formal approval process. See the links below for more information.

Year of Torah Allocation Application

Year of Torah Funds Frequently Asked Questions

Youth Fund: provides funds to support youth programming at Temple Beth Emeth.

Youth Scholarship Fund: provides scholarships for Temple youth activities. Possible uses include confirmation class trips to Israel, trips to national and regional biennials of the Union of Reform Judaism, youth kallot, and attendance at Union for Reform Judaism summer camps.


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Congregants may also set up restricted endowments to leave a personal or honorary legacy. In addition, bequests and estate gifts can be made for this purpose. If you would like more information, please call the TBE office at 734-665-4744 to speak with SooJi Min, the executive director of TBE.

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