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Our culture of giving sustains our community and values

Maintaining a vibrant, relevant Sherith Israel today and for future generations requires a deep commitment from us all. Our culture of giving recognizes that our synagogue prospers when each of us chooses to make it a priority. We find many ways—beyond our annual membership commitment—to provide the financial support Sherith Israel needs to meet our community’s needs and obligations.

Here are several ways to support Sherith Israel. For more information, contact Gordon Gladstone, executive director, 415.346.1720, x25 or

Annual Fund: Supporting quality programming

San Francisco is all about bridges, and Sherith Israel shares that ideal. Your gift to the Annual Fund helps bridge the gap between all other revenue sources and the cost to run our synagogue successfully. 

Sherith Israel's Annual Fund covers over 15% of operating expense, and it has grown to be one of the most outstanding synagogue annual fund campaigns in the country. You can build Sherith Israel's bridge to the future today with a generous gift to the Annual Fund. 

Circle of Friends

Your gift of $1,000 or more makes you part of our Circle of Friends, which includes an invitation to a special annual reception. All donors are invited to a special thank-you oneg.

Mitzvah gifts

Donations that honor special people and special occasions

Celebrate a simcha. Honor family or friends. Remember a loved one:  Mitzvah gifts offer a traditional way to acknowledge important milestones while supporting Sherith Israel. Your mitzvah gift can go to the synagogue’s general fund or to any of our special-purpose funds. These include our clergy-directed funds, or funds for education, social action, weekly onegs, family Shabbat dinners, youth programming and more.

However you direct your gift, you’ll send a message of appreciation to someone special while supporting Sherith Israel.

Perpetual memorials: Remembering our loved ones

By creating a perpetual memorial or honoring a loved one on our Tree of Life, you ensure that their memory will become a lasting part of Sherith Israel.

Perpetual Memorial: Your gift of $500 or more guarantees that your loved one’s name will be included in our Shabbat leaflet and read before Kaddish by the rabbi each week for a year. Your loved one will also be honored in the Perpetual Memorial section of our Memorial Book placed in the ark during Yom Kippur Yizkor (memorial) service.

Tree of Life/Tree of Honor: Our Tree of Life Room, immediately off our entry foyer, features two contemporary trees by artist Helen Burke. A symbol of our people’s continuity, the Tree of Life also provides a special way to commemorate a dear one who has passed away or to celebrate a simcha in the life of a family member or friend. Each of the bronze leaves can be inscribed with the name of a loved one for a contribution of $500.

You can establish a Perpetual Memorial and purchase a leaf on the Tree of Life for a combined one-time gift of $950.

Please contact Nia Taylor, development manager, at or
415.346.1720, x17 or for more information.

Planned Giving 

Our Circle of Life strengthens our community for future generations

Sherith Israel embraces the ancient Jewish tradition of building l’dor va’dor—from generation to generation. Our Circle of Life includes the members of the Sherith Israel community who have made a planned gift to the congregation through a will, life-income or other deferred gift.

Joining our Circle of Life by including Sherith Israel in your estate plan will enable our congregation to continue to provide a vital and vibrant community for San Francisco Jews and their families for generations to come. Sherith Israel is a nonprofit religious institution and can be designated as such in your bequest. Talk to your estate planner or contact Gordon Gladstone for more information. When you designate Sherith Israel in your estate plan, please let us know so we can welcome you into our Circle of Life.

Seismic Retrofit Campaign 

Preserving our sanctuary for future generations

Congregation Sherith Israel has taken on our greatest challenge since our founding in 1851—a $15 million campaign to renovate our historic sanctuary and comply with City-mandated seismic safety requirements. Under the leadership of an outstanding team of congregational and community leaders, our congregants and friends have generously enabled us to do a major share of the seismic work while restoring and beautifying our sanctuary.

But there is still more work to do. With your help, we will complete the seismic retrofit and make our beautiful sanctuary a secure home for San Francisco’s Jewish community for generations to come.  Please join us. Contact our seismic retrofit campaign co-chairs, David Newman or Lynn Sedway to discuss how you can help our architectural, historic and spiritual treasure—and the vital and vibrant congregation it shelters—continue to prosper.

Stock Donations

Please contact Nia Taylor, Development Manager, or Gordon Gladstone, Executive Director, for more information.

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