Yom Kippur Annual Appeal

At Central Synagogue

The Yom Kippur Appeal (YKA) is our annual fundraising campaign and Central’s main source of operating support beyond membership dues and tuition. Gifts to YKA enable us to continue responding with innovation to our community’s needs while adhering to our financial principles and goals. It is only through the generosity of our members that we are able to achieve our mission of transforming the way people experience Jewish life.

YKA Support for Inclusive Education at Central


Rena Allen

Your contributions to our Yom Kippur Appeal are fundamental to ensuring the breadth and depth of programs offered throughout the year at Central. This includes support for educators like Rena Allen, Director of Developmental Learning and Special Education. Rena was a recent recipient of the Young Pioneers Award in 2019, recognized for her work in making Jewish education accessible to all learners and structuring environments that contribute to student success. Building on the Jewish value of inclusion, Rena works to ensure that all students feel connected to Judaism, and develop a sense of belonging to their Jewish community. Rabbi Buchdahl noted that at Central Rena, “has transformed the way we think about teaching to the needs of every child.”

Rena also serves as a mentor to Central’s full-time LCLJ religious school, nursery school, and camp educators. Her expertise in learning differences translates into more creative and inclusive classrooms. Described as a “teacher’s teacher,” her commitment to every child and every teacher has been critical in elevating the work of inclusion at Central.

Yom Kippur Appeal 5780

Jeremy Fielding  |  October 10, 2019

Yom Kippur Appeal 5779

Jeremy Fielding  |  September 19, 2018

Your support and generosity is critical. It is what allows our team to lead worship, give pastoral care to those in need, educate our children and adults, open our arms and doors to those interested in exploring Judaism, do good in our city and our world, and countless other ways large and small where we make Reform Judaism count in people’s lives.

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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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The following are the categories of support for the Yom Kippur Annual Appeal:

  • Pillars ($100,000+)
  • Guarantors ($75,000–$99,999)
  • Guardians ($50,000–$74,999)
  • Sustainers ($36,000–$49,999)
  • Benefactors ($25,000–$35,999)
  • Visionaries ($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–$2,499)
  • Contributors ($500–$999)
  • Friends ($499 and below)