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The Annual Fund is a once-a-year initiative encouraging all congregants to give generously to assist TBO in meeting the needs of our community. This year's Annual Fund is focused on mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on TBO and our congregants.   You can donate to the 2020 Annual Fund here:

Your tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund will exclusively support:

●    Advance our technology to increase our ability to present high quality services, adult education, religious school and various subject groups to support our Jewish community.
●    Financial assistance to any family who wants to participate in our program but don’t have the ability to contribute.
●    Ability to improve and repair our aging facilities. (We were fortunate to have a donor fully fund our Outdoor Sanctuary) 
●    Prepare for the long- term effects of re-opening our synagogue and religious school according to  guidelines as necessary to keep safe.

Your gift to the Annual Fund will be greatly appreciated and recognized electronically at TBO and on the website.  Donation levels are cumulative and reflect all donations given during the fiscal year, including Membership Gifts.  All givers (regardless of level) will be recognized in the newsletter.  If you wish your gift to be anonymous, we will honor that request as well.

Thank you to our generous donors!!

Anna Acerra with gratitude to Lexie Nuell for the Wednesday Jew-kbox with Zemer Lexie

Anonymous in honor of Hilary Lamb

Anonymous in honor of Rabbi Dinner

Stan Arnold with gratitude to Clergy, Staff, and everyone at TBO

Margaret Bailey and David Levine

Ellen Bauman and Kenneth Schere

Sue and Dave Brim in memory of Henrietta Schwartz

Maya Chawla in memory of Larry Steffann

Rabbi Leah Citrin-Nelson and Rabbi Brian Citrin Nelson

Susan and Elliott Cohan  

Stan and Nadine Darer in memory of Joe and Betty Darer and Morty and Edith Winter

Margot and Richard DeSevo

Lucy and Jeff Dinner with gratitude to TBO Community

Susan Donn  

Ed Fleishman in honor of Bert Fleishman

Isaac and Lexie Nuell in honor of Our daughters

Shannon Ford in honor of The TBO Staff

Barbara and Mitch Freedman

Jill Perry and Aaron Gerstman  

Joyce Gevirtzman in memory of Rosalind Gevirtzman

Harvey Goldman in memory of Jane Goldman

Team Goldstein

Jennifer and Dave Griffith in memory of Harold and Sylvia Brod

Marc Grossman in honor of Our clergy and the amazing way they have responded to all of 2020's challenges

Rochelle and David Guilford

Carole Guld

Megan and Jonathan Hans  

Annette Haverson

Joanne Heller in honor of Rabbi Lucy Dinner

Aleece Hiller and Janet Boyer

Jeffrey and Erica Hirsch

Steven Horvitz with gratitude to Family

Judye Jacobs

Lane Kaplan in memory of Dr. Marvin Weisman

James Kantor

Sue Karpen in honor of the hard work of the Board of TBO

Kaufman Family in memory of Sarig Agasi

Howard and Sandra Kaufman  

Susan Kilmon in memory of Jacob Marc Dinner

Marlene and Mike Klieger with gratitude to The front line workers and first responders

Stuart and Ina Kralstein  

Friedensen Family with gratitude to Lucy and Lexie

Hilary and Eric Lamb in honor of the awesome TBO Staff

Carol and Willy Larsen

Craig and Mindy Lawton

Steve and Patti Lazoff

Phyllis and Norman LeFevre in honor of Sylvia R. Wolfeld

Beverly Lehrman in memory of Arthur Lehrman

Amy and Ray Levine in memory of Bernard Feldman

Eli and Naomi Levinthal with gratitude to Our amazing clergy and staff!

Jaime and Michael Lewis with gratitude to Rabbi Dinner, Rabbi Citrin, and Zemer Lexie

Royden and Luz Lobel in honor of Our clergy

Nikki and Richard Lord in honor of Rabbi Dinner's speedy recovery

Sharon Lowery with gratitude to Rabbi Dinner and Zemer Lexie

Jeffrey Lurie, Joshua Lurie, Lobel Lurie, and Morton Lurie in memory of Gertrude Kaplan Lowenfish 

Robert and Cindi McCord

Wendy and Shawn McHenry in honor of Rabbi Lucy Dinner

Wendy and Shawn McHenry in honor of Rabbi Leah Citrin-Nelson

Pauline Z. McNeill in memory of J. Watson McNeill III

The Miller Family in honor of Giselle Abramson

Betty Mittag

Bruce and Nancy Novell in honor of Rabbi Lucy and Jeff Dinner

The Penick Family in honor of Rabbi Dinner, Rabbi Citrin, Zemer Lexie

Michael and Arlene Pike in memory of Sandra Zellinger's sister

Arlene and Michael Pike in memory of Jerald Katzen

Ira Richman in memory of Jacob Marc Dinner

Leslie and Stephen Robinson in honor of Noah Robinson becoming a Bar Mitzvah

Elaine Roston in memory of Rodion Steindl

Nina and Judah Segal

Stanley and Joyce Serxner with gratitude to TBO for always being there

Stephen and Cindy Shetensky

Doreen Silber in memory of Ed and Chaz Silber

Frank and Johanna Silber with gratitude to TBO’s wonderful staff

Pat and Ken Sinick

Carolyn and David Sloan with gratitude to The Entire TBO staff

Maxine Smith

Brian and Sherri Thorstad in honor of Rabbi Dinner's recovery

Lauren and Craig Noyes in memory of Gizella Abramson

Ted and Sherri Wernikoff  

Maureen Wertheim

Bryan and Annette Wiggins in memory of Mary Hedaya

Elisa Wolper and David Drooz with gratitude to Rabbis Dinner and Citrin, Zemer Lexie and Megan Hans

Lynne Yellin and Dave Cohen  

Jeffrey and Francine Zidman

Arthur and Betty Zucker  

Gilroy Zuckerman in memory of George and Gloria Zuckerman, Gerald Zuckerman


Annual Fund FAQ's

Annual Fund FAQs

The Annual Fund is a once-a-year initiative encouraging all congregants to give generously to our temple community.  Virtually all not-for-profit organizations run an annual campaign.  Funds generated from the Annual Fund go exclusively to supporting the operating expenses of TBO.  Like all temples, our biggest operating expenses are for staff compensation.  We also pay for things like building maintenance, remissions for needy congregants, administrative costs, educational materials etc. from our operating budget.  Contributions made throughout the year to the many worthwhile special interest funds do not help to defray our operating costs.  The Annual Fund is our most important way to supplement dues and pay our basic operating expenses.

Aren’t our dues high enough already---why don’t they fully cover our costs?

When we started the Annual Fund, we did a study of temples in surrounding and comparable suburban areas. All of these temples report that dues are not sufficient to cover all of their ongoing expenses---contributions are an essential revenue component enabling them to balance their budgets.  While many of our congregants give generously to numerous Jewish and secular organizations, they assume that TBO is sustained by dues payments for membership.  Actually, our situation is like that of private schools, universities, and arts groups.  They may derive the bulk of their income through tuition and ticket sales, but need an annual fundraising appeal to balance the budget.  The TBO Annual Fund is an important factor in our ability to avoid budget deficits.

How Do We Recognize Contributors to The TBO Annual Fund?

Your gift to the Annual Fund will be greatly appreciated and recognized electronically at TBO and on the website.  Donation levels are cumulative and reflect all donations given during the fiscal year, including Membership Gifts.  All givers (regardless of level) will be recognized in the newsletter.  If you wish your gift to be anonymous, we will honor that request as well.

What kind of financial commitment are you expecting?

Clearly nobody can answer that question for you.  We are hoping that everyone in the congregation will participate at some level that is personally comfortable.  We are also hoping that your Annual Fund contributions increase each year as our operating costs increase each year.

How can I make my pledge?

To make a pledge, visit   If you are logged in, you will be able to choose the amount you wish to donate and select “Bill to My Account” if you do not care to make full payment at that time.

How and when can I pay my pledge?

Payment can be made either by check or credit card with payment expected within six months of the pledge date.  Please note that if you wish, you can make monthly payments on your credit card rather than a lump sum payment. We can even accept transfers of appreciated stock helping you avoid paying the related capital gains tax.

Can I designate that my Annual Fund contributions be used only to support my favorite programs at TBO?

No – All Annual Fund contributions are specifically used to defray operating expenses.  You can continue to support the many other worthwhile TBO funds and endowments through ongoing contributions (options listed here). We are looking at possible ways in the future to allow you to designate that funds be used for purposes that are especially important to you.

Is this the only time that you will ask for my support this year?

In most cases, this will be the only time that we approach you about fundraising.  In the course of the year, there may be some campaigns, special events or initiatives that will require your support.  Of course, we always welcome donations in memory or honor of loved ones.

What will happen if The TBO Annual Fund does not achieve its objectives?

Our budget depends on significant funds raised through The Annual Fund.  Failure to achieve these objectives will produce the kinds of budget deficits that we have faced in the past.  Deficits mean depletion of our limited reserve funds and cutbacks to programs and services at TBO.

Who should I contact if I have further questions that weren’t answered here?

Hilary Lamb, Director of Development:

Fri, February 26 2021 14 Adar 5781