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.

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)

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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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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