Here's an annotated list of Woodlands' restricted and unrestricted funds.


Rabbi’s Mitzvah Fund

Supports various individuals,

organizations and/or programs at the discretion of the Rabbi.

(Checks should be made payable to WCT for Rabbi Billy's Mitzvah Fund or to Rabbi Mara's Mitzvah Fund.)

Cantor’s Discretionary Fund

Supports various individuals, organizations

or programs at the discretion of the Cantor.

(Checks should be made payable to the Cantor’s Discretionary Fund.)

Educator’s Enrichment Fund

Provides special programs for the Religious School.

(Checks should be made payable to the Educator’s Enrichment Fund)

General Fund (Chai)

Supports the general needs of the Temple.

All unspecified gifts are placed into the General Fund.

Endowment Trust

Provides a long-term endowment to support the financial needs of  Woodlands Community Temple.

Outdoor Memorial Garden

With the purchase of an inscription, you can memorialize loved ones,

provide for the maintenance and beautification of  our Memorial Wall and Garden, and contribute to the general needs of the Temple.

Library Fund

Funds the purchase of books for our library.

Lifelong Learning Fund

Dedicated to creating an ever-growing love of Jewish learning and living through ongoing educational exploration for all members of our congregation.

Music Fund

Underwrites special music programs, purchases music for the Cantor and Woodlands Singers, and funds Jewish Music Month activities.

Rabbinic Intern Fund

Supports the hiring of a rabbinic student to assist our Rabbi and work with our Temple community.

Scholar-In-Residence Fund

Supports the Scholar-in-Residence program.

Torah and Ritual Fund

Provides for repairs of our Torah collection and for other ritual needs of the Congregation.

Prayerbook Fund

Funds the purchase and maintenance of siddurim, 

High Holy Days prayer books, and Torah commentaries through the purchase of dedicatory book plates.

The Jonah Maccabee Fund 

Dedicated to the memory of Jonah Maccabee Dreskin, 

supports an annual concert of contemporary Jewish music,

the proceeds of which are used to fund scholarships for children of temple members to attend URJ camping programs.

Bernard and Frances Shapiro Chesed Caring Community Fund

Supports Temple members in need and the activities of the Chesed Caring Community.

Expanding Jewish Horizons Fund

Provides support for individuals post college age for travel to and attendance at Jewish educational and cultural programs.

Lay Professional Development Fund

Supports members of the congregation pursuing lay professional activities for the benefit of the Congregation.

College Enrichment Fund

Assists members of college age to attend Jewish programs such as URJ and NFTY conventions. Established in memory of Buddy Klein.

Confirmation Israel Study Fund

Aids Confirmation students where needed so they may travel to and study in Israel.Established in memory of Ellen Block.

Education & Youth Activities Fund 

Funds special religious and educational needs for young people, other than college, including NFTY camp and program scholarships. Established in memory of Harriet Rosen.

Special Education Fund

Supports special education programs within the Religious School.

Steve’s H.O.P.E

“Helping to Open People’s Eyes,” this fund promotes social justice, individual responsibility, 

and moral action through the Civil Rights Journey, L’taken Political Action Seminar, 

and other projects.Established in memory of Stephen Lelewer.

Social Action Fund

Funds projects organized by the Social Action Committee.

Abayudaya (Jews of Uganda) Fund

Helps the impoverished Abayudaya community to become self sufficient.

Domestic Abuse Task Force

Helps us to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence leaving the Hope’s Door shelter and reestablishing their lives.

Hunger Fund

Support organizations that help the hungry and homeless in our community.

Interfaith Caring Community Fund 

Consortium of local churches and synagogues that provide continuous care for those in need, here in our local Greenburgh community.

Midnight Run Fund

Supports the congregation’s participation in Midnight Run, which collects and distributes food, clothes and toiletries to homeless people living on the streets of Manhattan.

Mitzvat Mississippi

Supports trips to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana to aid in the rebuilding of the area following the devastion of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Project Ezra

Supports the elderly Jewish poor of the Lower East Side.