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Giving to the Glen Rock Jewish Center

"A person who runs to do just, good, and kind deeds attains life, success, and honor." - Proverbs 21:21

"Tzedakah" is the Hebrew word for the acts that we call "charity" in English, but the nature of tzedakah is very different from the idea of charity.

The word "charity" suggests benevolence and generosity, a magnanimous act by the wealthy and powerful for the benefit of the poor and needy.

The word "tzedakah" is derived from the Hebrew root Tzade-Dalet-Qof, meaning righteousness, justice, or fairness and in Judaism, giving to worthy causes is not viewed as a generous, magnanimous act; it is simply an act of justice and righteousness, the performance of a duty.

If you observing a yahrzeit, celebrating a simcha, or wishing to honor someone special or commemorate an event, making a donation to the GRJC is a wonderful way to honor someone’s memory, accomplishment or simcha.

You can download our Donation Form or contribute online.  Below is just some of the ways one can fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah at the GRJC: 

Gold Bricks

Our Gold Bricks have a brand new design!  These are cards you may send in honor or memory of a person or occasion and can be purchased in packages of 12 for $54.  Please contact or contribute online.

Prayer Books

Improve the Shabbat and Holiday service experience by donating newly published prayer books to the Glen Rock Jewish Center. These new books offer updated readings, more accessible translations, and will provide for a better service experience. Each prayer book will include a personalized book plate to honor or remember a loved one or to commemorate a family celebration. Contribute >>

Chesed Fund

This fund supports community members at times of great need, such as illness, loss or the birth of a child. Monies in this fund may be used to purchase meals or gifts to assist and support these families. Gehmilat chesed, acts of loving kindness, is one of the foundations upon which Judaism is based. Contribute >>

Kiddush Fund

This provides funding for kiddush luncheons on Saturdays after Shabbat services when the kiddush is not sponsored by a member of the congregation.  If you are interested in sponsoring a kiddush lunch in honor of a special occasion, personal accomplishment or ritual honor, please contact the main office. Contribute >>

Myron Blumenstyk/Hebrew School Fund

This fund was created in memory of Myron Blumenstyk, husband of Hebrew School Principal Rachel Blumenstyk. Rachel is a long-time GRJC member, and has run the Hebrew School for nearly 25 years. Monies in this fund go towards need-based scholarships for Hebrew School students. Contribute >>

Nursery School Fund

Monies in this fund go towards programming and supplies to assist in the operations of the Nursery School. Contribute >>

Rivie Zeiler Fund

This fund was created by Arnie Zeiler in memory of his wife, Rivie Zeiler, z”l. Arnie is a past president of the GRJC Board of Directors, and Rivie was Board Secretary for many years. Monies in this fund are used for beautification projects and capital improvements to the GRJC. Contribute >>

Lothar Stiefel Fund

This fund was created in memory of Lothar Stiefel, husband of Mariana Stiefel. Lothar was very interested in education, and he served as head of the GRJC School Committee for many years. Monies in this fund are earmarked for educational resources. A portion of this fund was used to start the Holocaust section in the library, which now includes more than 200 volumes of Holocaust-related material. Contribute >>

Sue Landman Fund

This fund was established in memory of Sue Landman, a past Sisterhood President. The fund was established as a youth fund. Traditionally, monies generated from the fund are used to provide scholarships for students to attend Jewish summer camps. Contribute >>

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Donations to this fund are used for purposes as determined by the Rabbi, including donations to support individuals and causes that are experiencing great need. Monies from this fund may or may not benefit the GRJC directly. Contribute >>

Tree of Life / Memorial Plaques

The Tree of Life is located in the lobby outside the sanctuary and is used to honor all types of simchas/celebrations; e.g., bar/bat mitzvah, birth, graduation, anniversary, etc. Inscriptions on the tree may be up to four lines and are $180 per leaf.  You may download our Tree of Life Order Form or contribute online.

GRJC members may purchase Memorial Plaques for family members who have passed. Memorial plaques are $360 each. Please contact the main office for more information or download our Memorial Plaque Request Form or contribute online.

Donations to the above funds in any amount are greatly appreciated and can be made in honor of an individual, occasion or event, or in memory of a loved one.  Donations of $18 or more per name will be acknowledged.

Thu, April 25 2019 20 Nisan 5779