Yom Kippur Annual Appeal

At Central Synagogue

The Yom Kippur Appeal, our annual fundraising campaign, accounts for more than 25 percent of Central Synagogue's budget, bridging the significant gap between the membership dues paid by our members and the operating expenses of the synagogue. If affords us the essential resources needed to preserve our magnificent Sanctuary; provides us with extraordinary clergy; maintains our world-class religious school; sustains Central Synagogue's innovative social, cultural, and educational programs; and helps support those families experiencing economic challenges who would like to retain their membership.

Yom Kippur Appeal 5778

Abigail Pogrebin  |  September 29, 2017

For my wonderful Mom, her habits, traditions, and rituals are ingrained and immovable. I learned how to set a Jewish table from her. How to make crispy potato latkes. The importance of lighting a menorah for eight nights and attending two family seders. I absorbed the pride of being Jewish from her, and yes, how to repurpose last night’s chicken. What I didn’t learn, however, was the value and power of being part of a synagogue.

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Yom Kippur Appeal 5777

Abigail Pogrebin  |  October 11, 2016

In this day and age of endless choices, distractions – and with a glut of content that can make our heads spin – one could ask, Who has time for synagogue? But it’s precisely because of all that noise that we turn to this place – to find peace, connection and meaning away from the fray. To help explain to our children why we light candles every Friday night, or make a sandwich for a person who lives on the street, or pay a shiva call. All of you reaffirm – year after year, with your hearts, your time and yes, your resources – that indeed, we’ve got time for synagogue. This synagogue.

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Our Jewish Home (Yom Kippur Appeal 5776)

Abigail Pogrebin  |  September 22, 2015

When I see study after study about how people are abandoning religious institutions and how Jews are forgoing Judaism, I look at Central Synagogue and think, why are we one of the few that have defied the trends? Why are we an outlier?

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Yom Kippur Appeal 5775

David B. Edelson  |  October 3, 2014

Most Jews consider Kol Nidrei the holiest night of the year. Somehow, when we entered the synagogue this evening, we did so differently, more intentionally, than on other nights. We took our seats and knew, instinctively, to look inward and take stock of our lives.

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Congregational President’s Yom Kippur Appeal 2013

David B. Edelson  |  September 15, 2013

Each of you knows how rare it is to be part of a synagogue this alive, this charged with activity and connection. You give life and breath to this place and tonight is my chance to remind as many of you as possible: We sustain Central’s excellence because we need it, we demand it, and we contribute to it.

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Categories of Support

Pillars $100,000+
Guarantors $75,000
Guardians $50,000
Sustainers $36,000
Benefactors $25,000
Executive Council $18,000
Visionaries $15,000
Leadership Circle $10,000
Anchors $7,500
Supporters $5,000
Builders $3,600
President's Club $2,500
Partners $1,800
Patrons $1,000
Sponsors $500
Fellows $360
Contributors $250
Friends $249 and below