About our Funds

At Central Synagogue

Adult Education Fund

Your contribution will support the work of Rabbi Lisa Rubin, Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen, and our entire adult education team, to further the ongoing study of Jewish texts, Hebrew language and Israel programming.

Alfred Youngwood Camp Scholarship Fund

Your contribution will help provide scholarships that send Central Synagogue youth to Reform Jewish summer camps.

Archives Fund

Your contribution will support the collection, documentation, restoration, reproduction and proper storage of thousands of historical materials related to Central Synagogue, its clergy, members and programs.

Breakfast Program (formerly Caring Committee)

Your contribution will provide hot breakfast and brown bag lunch to hundreds of hungry men and women, served twice weekly by volunteers.

Clergy Discretionary Funds

Your contribution allows our clergy to make donations, as they see fit, to programs and people in need.

Emergency Relief Fund

Your contribution will enable us to support those in need of emergency assistance.

The Eric Wasserman Fund

Your contribution will further social justice activities at Central Synagogue, in memory of Eric Wasserman. This fund was established by the Wasserman family, active members of our congregation.

General Fund

Your contribution will offset ongoing operational costs for Central Synagogue.

Mildred Ross Fund

Your contribution will underwrite scholarships and special projects for the May Family Nursery School.

Mitzvah Day Fund

Your contribution will support the activities of Mitzvah Day, an annual opportunity for congregants to do good deeds around New York City.

Music Fund

Your contribution will help assure that the beautiful sounds of Central continue to enrich our community.

Oneg Shabbat/Kiddush Fund

Your contribution will help defray the costs of Friday evening onegs.

The Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Fund for the Renaissance of Reform Judaism

The Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Fund for the Renaissance of Reform Judaism is our way of showing our immense appreciation and gratitude for our visionary, teacher, leader, and friend, Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, as he steps aside as Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue in June 2014.

This fund will enable us to secure Rabbi Rubinstein's legacy at Central and within the greater Jewish community by supporting initiatives that aim to strengthen Reform Judaism in North America and worldwide. These initiatives would include:

  • Annual symposia named in Rabbi Rubinstein's honor on topics critical to the survival of Reform Judaism
  • The opportunity to pilot innovative programming at Central that would enrich our own community and could serve as a model for other congregations within the Reform movement. Such initiatives may include expanded programming for such groups as our youth, recent converts, interfaith families, young adults, empty-nesters, and 60+.

Yahrzeit Fund

Your contribution will support the Synagogue's general operating fund. It is a Jewish custom to make a donation on the anniversary of a loved one's death. Donations for names listed in our Memory Book, printed annually and distributed during Yizkor services, go toward this fund.

Yom Kippur Appeal

Our Yom Kippur liturgy reminds us that while much of life remains beyond our control, we have the power and obligation to make a positive difference in the world by performing acts of tzedakah. Your contribution to our Yom Kippur Appeal will help enhance our vibrant congregation: the ongoing work of our extraordinary clergy; our dynamic educational programs; and maintenance of our magnificent sanctuary. There are various levels of giving:

  • Pillars ($100,000+)
  • Guardians ($50,000 - 99,999)
  • Sustainers ($36,000 - 49,999)
  • Benefactors ($25,000 - 35,999)
  • Executive Council ($18,000 - 24,999)
  • Leadership Circle ($10,000 - 17,999)
  • Supporters ($5,000 - 9,999)
  • President’s Club ($2,500 - 4,999)
  • Patrons ($1,000 - 2,4999)
  • Sponsors ($500 - 999)
  • Contributors ($250 - 499)
  • Friends ($249 and below)

Making a contribution to Central Synagogue is a wonderful way to honor a loved one's memory or acknowledge a special occasion.

To discuss a gift, contact the Development Office at
(212) 838-5189
or make an online donation now.