The Endowment Fund of the Merrick Jewish Centre is dedicated to maintaining and improving the high quality of religious, educational and community services provided at our synagogue. Similar to endowments at colleges, museums, and other Jewish institutions, this endowment fund receives gifts and bequests that collectively generate annual income to support ongoing essential services and innovative new programs which benefit our congregation as a whole.
The Endowment Fund accepts two forms of gifts and bequests. First, there are contributions to the General Fund that support both current programs and the needs of our synagogue. Recently, Helen and Jesse Drogin (of blessed memory) provided us with a generous donation of this type. Second, there are special purpose contributions that are directed toward a specific project and are often made in honor of a loved one. For example, the Blanche Batnick Fund was created by Blaine and Joan Land in memory of Blaine's sister with the express purpose of supporting tzedakah projects taking place within our Hebrew school. Gifts of any amount are welcome, however in order to perpetuate a named fund a minimum gift or bequest of $10,000 is requested.
Another way to enlarge the Endowment Fund is by becoming a member of the Chai Society. To become a member of this group, an individual or family agrees to contribute $18 or a multiple of "Chai" ($36, $54, $72, $90) on a monthly basis. Most members grant permission to the synagogue office to charge a credit card a set amount each month. Other members pay a lump sum for the year. Since its inception, $45,000 has been added to the Endowment Fund through the efforts of our more than seventy generous Chai Society members. If you would like to join the Chai Society, please click on this link to be directed to the membership application which can be completed and returned to the office. Your name will then be added to our Membership List of Honor.
If you have any questions about the Endowment Fund, or would like to become a member of our committee, please contact [email protected] or the synagogue office.