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Fund for Innovation in Jewish Life

The Rabbi Richard J. Jacobs and Susan K. Freedman Fund
for Innovation in Jewish Life

 
 “…teach us to number our days so that we may attain a heart of wisdom.”
                                                                                                         - Psalms
 

The Rabbi Richard J. Jacobs and Susan K. Freedman Fund for Innovation in Jewish Life was established to recognize the distinguished leadership and extraordinary commitment of Rabbi Jacobs and his family to Jewish life at Westchester Reform Temple and beyond. Throughout his 20 visionary years with our community, we have been inspired to live the lessons and traditions of Judaism, to learn and think deeply, to repair our world, to stand steadfastly with Israel, and to care for one another and the world around us.
 
The Fund is a tribute to Rabbi Jacobs and his family and an opportunity to support the future of WRT. It sustains the mission and pillars of our community in good and in challenging financial times. It guarantees the continued support of the high quality programming, classes, lectures and speakers that are the hallmark of our congregation. It provides opportunities to develop new and experimental formats for prayer, study and meaningful life cycle events. This fund provides the foundation for ensuring the legacy of Rabbi Jacobs while strengthening the new leadership of our wonderful clergy team.
 
If you would like to honor the legacy of Rabbi Jacobs and his family and support the future and vision of WRT. Suggested levels of giving are as follows, but all gifts are meaningful: 

Abraham and Sarah: Courageous leaders that forged the future $100,000+
Moses:  Our greatest guide and teacher   75,000+
Miriam: Sustained our people as they crossed the desert 50,000+
Joshua: Led our people into the promised land 36,000+
Deborah: Guided our people in the time of the judges 18,000+
Hillel: Founded one of the first Rabbinic schools 10,000+
Rashi:  Brilliant interpreter of classic Jewish texts 5,000+
Ramban:  Philosopher, doctor and prolific author who
made our tradition accessible 
1,800+
Issac Mayer Wise: Founded the major institutions of American Reform Judaism 360+

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