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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

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"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: 

General Fund

Supplements the operating budget and is a necessary item in our annual budgeting.  Contribute >>

Book Dedications

Improve the Shabbat and Holiday service experience by dedicating a prayer book or a Torah book to the GRJC. We primarily use three books during our annual cycle of services.  Each book offers newer translations and accessible notations to enhance our synagogue experience. You can purchase a Shabbat and Holiday Prayer Book for $36; a Mahzor (High Holiday Prayer Book) for $54; or Chumash (Torah/Haftarah) for $72.  A book dedication is acknowledged by a personalized book plate to honor or remember a loved one or to commemorate a family celebration. Contribute >>

Gold Bricks

Gold Bricks are cards that can be purchased in groups of 12 for $54.  You may send them in honor or in memory of a person or occasion.  Please contact Ellen Rosenwald at or contribute online.

Tree of Life / Memorial Plaques

The Tree of Life is located in the lobby outside the sanctuary.  Inscriptions on the tree are $118 per leaf.  For questions regarding inscriptions, please contact John Skrobe at  You may download our Tree of Life Order Form or contribute online.

GRJC members may purchase Memorial Plaques for those 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.


Chesed 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 >>

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 >>

Myron Blumenstyk/Hebrew School Fund - Created in memory of Myron Blumenstyk z"l, husband of Hebrew School Principal Rachel Blumenstyk. Rachel is a long-time GRJC member and has run the Hebrew School since 1991. Monies in this fund go towards need-based scholarships for Hebrew School students. Contribute >>

Nursery School Fund - Used towards programming and supplies to assist in the operations of the Nursery School. Contribute >>

Lothar Stiefel Holocaust Memorial Fund - Created in memory of Lothar Stiefel z"l, 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 GRJC library, which now includes more than 200 volumes of Holocaust-related material. Contribute >>

Rivie Zeiler Fund - 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 >>

Sue Landman Fund - Established in memory of Sue Landman z"l, 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 >>

Kiddush Fund - 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 >>

Only donations of $18 or more per name will be acknowledged in a note to the recipient and in the monthly email listing sent to the GRJC Community.

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