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The Meaning of Tzedakah


Nowhere is the confluence of American and
Jewish values more evident than in philanthropy.


Tzedakah often is translated from Hebrew to mean “charity,” but its true meaning is rooted in the obligation to justice and righteousness. Each individual act of tzedakah expresses a sacred and enduring Jewish value by connecting us through the continuous pursuit to better our world.

All significant institutions of culture and learning require supplemental operating funds, and our Temple is not exempt from these fiscal realities. Inspiring worship led by devoted clergy; educational programs for tots, children, teens and adults; as well as extensive cultural and volunteer offerings; and the preservation of our magnificent buildings all depend on the support of caring individuals.

Each gift to Temple Emanu-El makes possible all that we do today and prepares us for an ever more promising tomorrow.


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