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Endowment Funds

“As my parents planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me.” —TALMUD

An endowed fund is a charitable gift established in perpetuity in which the principal is invested, and a small portion of the fund’s balance is used in the operating budget of Congregation Emanu El on an annual basis.

Endowed Funds are an essential part of Congregation Emanu El’s annual operating budget and will help sustain the congregation in perpetuity.

You can memorialize or honor a loved one by establishing an endowment fund or you can contribute to any of our existing funds by clicking here.

The following are Congregation Emanu El’s Funds:

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Temple Fund

To support the needs of the temple and to fulfill the mission of Congregation Emanu El.

 

Education

Adult Education

Robert I. Kahn Social Justice Fund

To send congregants to the Consultation on Conscience at the Religious Action Center

Gerard & Pauline Lechenger Morgenstern Adult Education Fund

To provide adult Hebrew education programs

Becker School

Becker Early Childhood Fund

To provide and enhance Becker School programs

Becker Early Childhood Scholarship Fund

To provide Becker Early Childhood Center scholarships

Gochman Becker Early Childhood Fund

To provide for Transportation Fair and the librarian in Sugar’s Library

Ronald Brochstein Early Childhood Fund

To enhance preschool education

Helfman Religious School

Shirley Barish Memorial Israel Experience Fund

  • To send Helfman Religious School high school students to Israel

Shirley & Marvin Barish Teacher Enrichment Fund

To provide training programs for Emanu El teachers

Cantor-Stone Religious School Fund

To provide Helfman Religious School scholarships

Alan Gaylor Teacher Assistant Fund

To support Helfman Religious School teacher assistants

Julia Kaplan Religious School Enrichment Fund

To enhance Helfman Religious School programs

Philip G. Lusky Religious School Scholarship Fund

To provide Helfman Religious School scholarships

Ellen Hurwitz Penner Religious School Scholarship Fund

To promote the spiritual growth of Helfman Religious School students

Harold Reingold Religious School Fund

To enhance Helfman Religious School programs

Religious School Scholarship Fund

To provide Helfman Religious School scholarships

Michael Spolane Education Fund

To enhance Helfman Religious School programs and provide funds for teachers to attend conferences

Edward Wayne Family Fund

To support programs that benefit children attending Helfman Religious School

Human Services

Riva Bursten Caring Congregation Fund

To support programs that assist people in the community

Clergy’s Good Works Fund

To provide Emanu El’sclergy with funds to help individuals in need and to support organizations that benefit the community

Aubrey & Sylvia Farb Community Service Fund

To support small and emerging organizations that improve life for underserved Houstonians

Jeanette Oshman Benevolent Fund

To support the Rabbis’ Good Works Fund

Lillian Pasternak Mitzvah Fund

To support mitzvah projects that improve life for Houstonians

Edward Wayne Hunger Fund

To feed the hungry of Houston

Programs

Ablon Fund for the Creative Arts

To provide creative arts programs

Max & Louise Bamberger Memorial Fund

To create and promote programs that strengthen Emanu El’s support for Israel

Nathan Berg Lecture Series

To present programs on political issues

Florence & Ben Blum Leadership Fund

To send Emanu El leadership to URJ Biennials and underwrite leadership programs and speakers

Caplovitz Lectureship Fund

To present programs on contemporary moral issues

Fredell Lack Eichhorn Cantor’s Music Fund

To enhance musical programming

Dick Fox Emanu Elders Lectureship Fund

To provide programs for Emanu Elders

Eleanor & Frank Freed Lectureship Fund

To present programs on issues in contemporary society

Rozelle & Robert I. Kahn Lectureship Fund

To present annual lectures by Reform scholars

Julie Kronowitz Memorial Fund

To provide programs about religion

Moser Library Fund

To provide library programs

Julius Nathan Music Fund

To provide musical programs

Edis Lewis Parkans Emanu Elders Fund

To provide programs for Emanu Elders

Milton Popkin Endowment Fund

To promote an understanding of other religions and cultures

Helen & Harry Reichek Lecture Fund; Shirley & Bernard Weingarten Fund; Julius & Harriet Zinn Fund

To provide and enhance congregation programs

Sachs-Pesses Community Outreach Fund

To present programs on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues

Esther Shelby Fellowship Fund

To provide food and refreshments for Emanu El programs that bring members closer to the congregation and to each other

Bill & Joan Spitz Presidential Leadership Fund

To strengthen the vision of Congregation Emanu El’s leaders

Susman Fund for Family Programming

To support programs for families

Rabbi Roy and Linda Walter Enrichment Fund

To support spiritual and cultural enrichment

Youth & Young Adult

Barbara & Mark Brookner Campership Fund

To provide scholarships to send Helfman Religious School students to Greene Family Camp

Debbie Gligor Special Fund

To provide programs and services for special needs children

Jean & Julian Goldberg Children’s Fund

To provide arts programs for children

Alex & Willie Mae Goldstein Children’s Fund

To support the educational, spiritual, physical and emotional needs of children ages 10 and under

Rose Goodfriend Israel Pilgrimage

To help send Confirmation students to Israel

Greene Family Camp Fund

To support Greene Family Camp

Hoffman-Nathan Youth Fund

To provide scholarships for children to attend events with Jewish content

Sanford I. Lack Scout Fund

To support Emanu El’s Scout program

Sol & Helen Laufman, Bill Laufman College Dinner Fund

To provide Emanu El college students opportunities to have dinner with the congregation’s rabbis

Eleanor & Paul Lensky Scholarship Fund

To provide need-based scholarships for those attending Helfman Religious School, summer camp and trips to Israel

Chester Marcus Campership Fund

To provide Greene Family Camp scholarships

Nemzin Mazel Tov Israel Bond Fund

To give an Israel bond to every Emanu El Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Ben Noble Campership Fund

To send an outstanding Confirmation year TEFTY member to a NFTY event

Connie Reischer Scholarship Fund

To provide Greene Family Camp scholarships

Ricky Schnurr Campership Fund

To provide Greene Family Camp scholarships

Steinberg Confirmation Award Fund

To provide awards to outstanding Confirmation students

Sterling Young Adults Enrichment Fund

To support enrichment programs for young adults

Cecile & Emanuel Wulfe Confirmation Award Fund

To provide a scholarship to send an outstanding Confirmation student to a NFTY event

Operations & Facilities

General Endowment Fund

To provide for the general needs of Emanu El and its facilities

Access For All Fund

To ensure Emanu El is a welcoming, accessible and inclusive community

Prayer Book Fund

To provide prayer books for worship

The Proler Chapel Fund

To maintain and enhance the Proler Chapel

Sarah & Adolph Blumenfeld Klei Kodesh Sacred Objects Fund

To purchase and maintain Emanu El’s sacred objects

Cersonsky Cemetery Beautification Fund

To maintain and enhance Emanu El Memorial Park

Ethel Huvard Music Library Fund

To maintain and enhance Emanu El’s music library

Kagan Rudy Chapel Fund

To maintain and enhance the Kagan Rudy Chapel at Emanu El Memorial Park

Robert I. Kahn Gallery Fund

To maintain and enhance the Robert I. Kahn Gallery

Jason & David Marcus Playspace Fund

To maintain and enhance the playground

Mystic Flame Young Members Fund

To make Emanu El more affordable for young members

Cary Pasternak Cemetery Fund

To maintain and enhance Emanu El Memorial Park

Max & Bertha Pasternak Publication Fund

To provide printed educational and creative materials

Jay Sterling Children’s Library Fund

To maintain and enhance the children’s section of the Stillman-Lack Memorial Library

Stillman-Lack Memorial Library Fund

To maintain and enhance the Stillman-Lack Memorial Library

Dolores & Buddy Wilkenfeld Communications Fund

To enhance Emanu El’s communications with congregants

Morris & Frieda Wolfe Fund

To support and improve Emanu El’s operations and programming

Mystic Flame Young Members Fund

To make Emanu El more affordable for young members

Cary Pasternak Cemetery Fund

To maintain and enhance Emanu El Memorial Park

Max & Bertha Pasternak Publication Fund

To provide printed educational and creative materials

To discuss your options around Endowed Giving, please contact Anna Shabtay, Director of Congregational Advancement, at annas@emanuelhouston.org or 713.987.3316.