What is Terumah?

What is Terumah? At Temple Emanuel, Terumah (pronounced true-mah) is the term we use for members’ financial support.  We believe that your support of Temple Emanuel serves a higher purpose than merely keeping the lights on.  Part of our mission is to foster “a sense of extended family through a warm and supportive atmosphere.” The giving of Terumah is an important way of supporting each other and sustaining the Temple family.  The standard Terumah for a family is $1,500, $750 for an individual with no dependent children, $180 for young adults under the age of thirty (family or individual), and $36 for college students.  A portion of your Terumah pledge goes to support the Union for Reform Judaism.
What if I cannot afford to pay the standard Terumah?  Temple Emanuel has a policy that no one will be turned away due to financial hardship. If you cannot pay the standard Terumah for a family or individual, you may request financial assistance on an annual basis. 

What is the Honor Society?  Temple Emanuel is extremely fortunate that many of our members are able to pay significantly more than the standard Terumah.  This allows us to provide the superior staff and programming in which we pride ourselves. The Honor Society ensures that all members of the Jewish community are able to participate in Temple Emanuel regardless of their ability to pay and that the Temple has the financial resources to meet the needs of its congregants.


Donor $1,800 - $2,499 Guardian $5,000 - $7,499
Patron $2,500 - $3,499 Angel $7,500 - $9,999
Benefactor $3,500 - $4,999 Champion $10,000 or more

Those who give at the levels listed are acknowledged in our annual Book of the New Year. 

Terumah Payment Schedule

Your Terumah pledge is billed and payable in advance.  Temple Emanuel accepts payments via cash, check, credit card and bank electronic funds transfer.  A resignation during the fiscal year does not relieve a member of Terumah or Capital Improvements Fund obligation.

Annual Payments – Due by 10/ 31        
Quarterly Payments – Due by 8/31, 12/31, 2/28 and 5/31
Semi-annual Payments – Due by 9/30 and 3/31    
Monthly Payments – Due by the 21st day of each month 

What is the Capital Improvements Fund (CIF)? 

The CIF supports major building projects, including repair and renovation of existing facilities.  All members of Temple Emanuel are required to make a $1,500 pledge to this fund ($750 if you are an individual with no dependent children).  Payment of this pledge can be made over a period of one to five years, and a deferral (though not a reduction) may be requested due to financial hardship.