Temple Jeremiah offers a variety of opportunities to make meaningful donations that support our work. Your gift helps fund our Temple operations, programs or social justice and outreach initiatives, so we can continue to make the world a better place and welcome all who enter our doors, regardless of their financial situation.

Making a donation to Temple Jeremiah is a wonderful way to help us help others, honor a friend or family on their happy occasion, or memorialize a loved one.

Specify Where Your Gift Goes

For any questions, please contact Leslie Landman at leslie@templejeremiah.org or 847.441.5760 ext. 118.

Temple Jeremiah established Circles of Giving as a way for congregants to help support the Temple and its operations, above and beyond their dues. We are tremendously grateful to all who participate. Circles of Giving members are listed in the Covenant and receive additional recognition throughout the year.

The Circles of Giving program levels are:

CHAI CIRCLE: $720-$1,799
TZEDEK CIRCLE: $1,800-$3,599

For more information, please contact Leslie Landman, Director of Philanthropy at leslie@templejeremiah.org or 847.441.5760 ext. 118, or make a secure online donation.

Planned Giving: Leaving a Jewish Legacy
Planned Giving provides a unique opportunity to support Temple Jeremiah’s mission. Every gift — large or small — makes a significant contribution to the Temple, our community and Tikkun Olam. By including Temple Jeremiah in your will or estate plan, you can ensure the Jewish traditions and values that are meaningful to you, will be brought to life for future generations, l’dor va’dor.

You can participate in the Create a Jewish Legacy program, which is designed to train and support Chicago’s Jewish day schools, agencies and synagogues in the area of legacy giving. The program — a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Crown Family — helps ensure the sustainability of our Jewish community for years to come. See more benefits of making a legacy commitment.

  • Anne Lidsky Endowment Fund for Education: Honors Dr. Anne Lidksy’s work and legacy by supporting Temple Jeremiah’s Hebrew and Religious Schools
  • Bill and Norma Brown Fund for Lifelong Learning: Enhances adult education programs
  • Building Maintenance Fund: Helps support capital improvements to our building
  • Cantor Amy J. Zussman Fund for Music: Enhances music and adult programming
  • Caring Community Fund: Supports congregants in need of meals, rides, shiva assistance or emotional support
  • Education Fund: Enhances Hebrew School and Religious School programs
  • Endowment Fund: Ensures the long-term sustainability of the congregation
  • Ernie Bloch Memorial Tzedakah Fund (Brotherhood)
  • Fern M. Kamen Fund for Youth: Sustains ongoing support of youth activities
  • Goldberg Family Fund for Special Needs Programming: Creates and supports inclusive programs for individuals with special needs and their families
  • InterAct Fund for Youth Programming: Supports youth group social action and social justice trips
  • Marshall B. & Viola R. Schwimmer Library Fund: Purchases books and periodicals
  • Prayer Book Fund: Purchases and maintains prayer books
  • Social Justice Fund: Supports ongoing social justice initiatives within the community
  • Stanley C. Golder Interfaith Initiative Fund: Supports the annual Stanley C. Golder Interfaith Initiative
  • Temple Jeremiah Annual Fund: Supports operating costs and offsets the cost of making membership accessible to all, regardless of financial situation
  • Temple Jeremiah Sisterhood Programming Fund
  • Rabbi Paul F. Cohen Discretionary Fund
  • Rabbi Rachel L. Heaps Discretionary Fund
  • Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman Discretionary Fund


If you wish to create a permanent remembrance of your loved ones, please consider adding their names to Temple Jeremiah’s Memorial Wall. This beautiful wall commemorates those who touched our lives but are no longer with us.

A leaf on our Wall of Life is a meaningful way to share your happy occasion with the Temple community in a lasting way. It permanently marks a celebration such as a birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, special birthday, wedding or anniversary.

For questions about Memorial Wall plaques or Wall of Life leaves, please contact Danny Glassman at danny@templejeremiah.org or 847.441.5760.

You may commemorate a special event such as an anniversary or Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or honor the memory of a loved one by placing your name in our Siddur, Mishkan Tefilah, or The Torah: A Modern Commentary. Donation amount for the Mishkan Tefilah is $36 and $72 for the Torah Commentary.

Make a secure online donation

Please note that unless you tell us you wish to remain anonymous, an acknowledgment card will be sent on your behalf and your name will be listed in the Covenant, our monthly bulletin. The amount of your donation will not be disclosed to the card recipient.