Donation FAQs

When to Donate?

In Judaism, it has long been a tradition to give a donation to honor, congratulate, offer good wishes or condolences, remember, or say thank you.  Please consider a donation for a:

  • New Baby
  • Birthday
  • Award
  • Anniversary
  • Speedy Recovery
  • Wedding
  • Holiday
  • Special Occasion
  • Special Service to you or to the Temple

How can I donate?

If you are a member of Temple Shalom, please login and donate here.

For non-members, you can donate online here.

Or mail a check payable to “Temple Shalom” with a note describing its purpose to:

Executive Director
8401 Grubb Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Can I direct how my donation is used?

Yes. There are many ways to support Temple Shalom.

General Fund:
The greatest gift to Temple Shalom is one that ensures that our doors remain open wide to all, regardless of financial need.  For this reason, the gifts that have the greatest impact are ones with the least restrictions.  We strongly encourage you to consider a gift to the General Fund to allow Temple Shalom to use your gift to meet the greatest needs of our community.

  • Library Fund: Provides funds for the purchase of books and library materials.
  • Mitzvah Corps Fund: Supports resources to Temple families in need.

If you prefer, you can direct your General Fund gift to a specific part of the operating fund, such as the Religious School, First Friday Potlucks, Membership, House & Grounds, Music, etc.

Hal Bruno Memorial Patio and Garden Pavers and Pillars:
Help support Temple Shalom’s Capital Fund by purchasing a paver or pillar for the Hal Bruno Memorial Patio and Garden outside the Chapel.  You can use this gift to remember a loved one, celebrate an accomplishment, provide a gift, honor someone special, or simply say thank you to our community.  Just click here for more information and complete the Order Form and return it to the Temple office.

Memorial Plaque:
Consider honoring the memory of a loved one in perpetuity with a Memorial Plaque to be displayed in perpetuity in Temple Shalom’s sanctuary.  Please contact Susan Zemsky, Executive Director, at, 301-587-2273 if you are interested in more information.

Capital and Endowment:
The Capital Fund supports ongoing improvements to the Temple.  The Bruce E. Kahn Endowment Fund supports Temple Shalom’s long-term financial health.

Mitzvah Funds:
Each of our Clergy has their own Mitzvah Fund.  This is a great way to thank them for their work at a life-cycle service or in appreciation for their guidance:

  • Senior Rabbi Rachel Ackerman Mitzvah Fund
  • Cantor Mitzvah Fund
  • Rabbi Emeritus Bruce E. Kahn Mitzvah Fund

Make your donation online.

Special Purpose Funds:
Temple Shalom’s Special Purpose Funds have specific rules governing and restricting the use of your gift:

  • Adele Lewis Fund: Supports training and professional development for teachers in the religious school to expand knowledge of Jewish studies and teaching techniques.
  • Burton Hoffman Fund: Supports the Temple's Madrachim (b’nai mitzvah Torah guides) program for materials, training & related expenses.
  • David Rivkind Fund:  Supports floral arrangements for religious services.
  • Eli Newberger Speakers Fund:  Supports speakers for Brotherhood and Temple events.
  • Herman Rosenfeld Fund: Supports needy families in order to meet Temple Religious School obligations and/or loans to Jewish immigrants resettling in the US.
  • Oscar Felker Memorial Fund: Provides scholarships to Temple youth for leadership training and trips that enhance the education of Temple members and their children.
  • Sigmund Mayer, Jr. Fund: For the purchase of prayer books.
  • Stanley and Phyllis Nehmer Special Events Fund: Supports special Temple events that expand Judaic knowledge, social interaction, continuing education, and enrichment through the arts.
  • Tretter Family Music Fund
  • Torat Shalom Fund: Supports the Temple's Saturday morning Torah study program.
  • Youth Programs: Temple Shalom recognizes that two of the strongest ways for our young people to establish  a lifelong Jewish identity is through Jewish Summer Camp and the youth trip to Israel.  You may support these strategic programss of Temple Shalom with a donation to:
    • Levinsohn-Feinberg Camp Fund: Scholarships to Temple youth for summer programs at Jewish-oriented camps.
    • David Mark Gildenhorn Fund: Scholarships for Temple youth interested in attending summer programs in Israel.

Make your donation online.

Can I include Temple Shalom in my estate planning?

Yes. Please contact Susan Zemsky, Executive Director, at, 301-587-2273 to identify.  Temple Shalom recognizes those members who have left significant testamentary gifts to Temple Shalom through the Lyman Legacy Leaders program, in honor of Joe Lyman and his generous gift.

Can I give the gift of securities?

Yes. For those interested in gifting securities to Temple Shalom, please read our Contribution of Securities Instructions and use the following information for securities from a non-Ameritrade account:

RBC Wealth Management – DTC Instructions
FBO: Temple Shalom
DTC: 0235
RBC Account: 314-49086
Account Title: Temple Shalom
Address: 8401 Grubb Road Chevy Chase, MD 20815

If transferring securities from an Ameritrade account, please contact Susan Zemsky, Executive Director, at, 301-587-2273.

Can I make an in-kind donation?

Yes. Members frequently make in-kind donations for our events, programming, and to improve the building.  Please contact Susan Zemsky, Executive Director, at, 301-587-2273 if you are interested in making an in-kind donation, or if you already have done so.  Temple Shalom provides tax receipts for an in-kind donations.

How can I get involved with Temple Shalom’s fundraising efforts?

Temple Shalom is always looking for help in developing the breadth and depth of philanthropy in our community.   Beyond generous dues, each year we host community-building fundraisers along with targeted and broader appeals.

If you are interested in helping coordinate these efforts, please contact our Executive Director, Susan Zemsky at

Make your donation online.