Temple Israel gratefully accepts donations to the funds below, which serve a wide range of temple and community needs. Thank you for supporting Temple Israel!

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5784 Yizkor Book

The Yizkor Memorial Book is designed for use during Yom Kippur and other holidays when Yizkor is observed. A listing in the Memorial Book serves to recall departed family and friends and to contribute tzedakah in their memory. A copy will be made available for every participating household. You can print an order form and mail a check, or order and pay online.

If you contributed to last year’s publication: 

You will receive a copy of the listing in your mailed invitation, or you can review last year’s book or email the office for a copy of your previous listing.

If you are a new contributor: 

You can review last year’s book to see how the listings are organized. Then order online or print an order form and mail with a check.

Thank you for your support!



Endowment Funds

Each of our endowment funds has a particular focus. As is usual with endowments, principal investments are untouchable and are invested for perpetuity. Only the interest earned is spent annually. Click on the Endowment Fund title to donate to one of Temple Israel’s Endowment Funds.

Tikkun Olam Endowment – Sanford Roberts Fund for Social Justice

Our newest endowment was established in 2023 in order to maximize and promote social justice efforts in our temple, our Seacoast region, and beyond. Its hope is to “repair the world” and make it more peaceful, tolerant, and equal through acts of charity, kindness, and social and political action.

The Tikkun Olam Committee’s recent activities include supporting Team Temple Israel in the Seacoast Walk to End Alzheimer’s, organizing food drives at Yom Kippur and Purim to support Seacoast Family Promise and regional food pantries, and hosting a Seacoast-wide fundraiser to support a local Afghan refugee family.

Temple Israel Cultural Endowment

The interest on this fund, established in 1988, supports multiple cultural and educational events taking place at the Temple and in the community each year. Recent examples include the klezmer band at Simchat Torah, Community Passover Seder, Break the Fast after Yom Kippur, bus trips to Boston cultural events, speakers at Yom Hashoah commemoration, new member dinner and multiple Sisterhood and Hebrew school events and programs.

Dinnerman-Rottenberg Educational Endowment

The interest on this fund directly supports our Religious School. Substantial growth of this fund may eventually allow our Religious School to be free for all students.

Institutional Operating Endowment

The interest on this fund directly supports the operating budget of Temple Israel. The principal will never be spent. This fund will assure the continued presence of a Jewish community on the seacoast in perpetuity.

Temple Funds

Please click below to donate to one of the following funds. Dedication information will be collected.

Annual Fund

Temple Israel Annual Fund pays for high-impact projects that are not achievable using income from dues, rental income, and endowment fund interest. The 2022 Annual Fund extends last year’s efforts to pursue our energy transformation, which aims to reduce our carbon footprint, lower utility costs, and position our building for the transition to solar power, as well as supporting the annual budget.

Education and Youth

Danielle Harman Fund supports K-12 arts education.

Hebrew School Fund supports educational programming provided by the Religious School for grades K-7.

Israel Experience Fund provides grants subsidizing Israel trips for young people in the congregation.

Library Fund supports the acquisition of books and other media for the Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library.

Preschool Fund provides equipment and enhanced enrichment activities for the Early Learning Center.

Youth Group Fund supports staffing and leadership of activities for Grades 4-7.

USY / Gesher Fund supports staffing and leadership of activities for grades 8-12.

Religious Activities and Giving

Dues Plus / Dues Abatement Fund supports dues adjustments for temple members.

Kiddush Fund supports the meal and beverages following weekly Shabbat morning services.

Music Fund brings in musicians to enhance Temple Israel’s regular religious services, holiday observances, and special concerts.

Prayer Book Fund buys new prayerbooks for use in our temple.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund meets community needs as determined by the rabbi (e.g., charitable, educational).

Rabbi Senter Memorial Fund supports projects that benefit the temple, particularly educational and cultural programming. Established in memory of Rabbi David Rafael Senter Z”L.

Tikkun Olam / Social Action Fund supports projects which improve life in the wider community.

Tzedakah / Charity Fund assists members in need and responds to natural disasters.


Building Maintenance Fund supports capital facilities projects and improvements to our historic building.

Landscape Fund supports improvements to the Temple grounds, including hardscape and plantings.

Security Fund supports staffing and infrastructure to protect the temple and congregants.

Annual Fund

The 2022 Annual Fund Appeal preserves our sukkat shlomecha — shelter of peace — keeping us safe from the storms of nature and offering a welcoming center for Jewish study, prayer, celebrations, and culture.

This year’s Annual Fund focuses on two essential areas identified by our Temple Board.

Roof and Air Handlers After 35 years, the air handlers that cool the Sanctuary and the flat rubber roof above the Pamela Shulman Center for Education require replacement due to their age and wear. Upgrading these major systems provides an opportunity to attain energy efficiency, solar potential, and improved ventilation. Your donation to the Annual Fund will pay for the next phase of this essential multi-year project and help us initiate a capital reserve funding program.

Operating Budget The 2022 Annual Fund will also contribute to the synagogue’s operating budget to help maintain our high-quality programming led by talented personnel.

Your donation, whether large or small, will make a substantial difference in helping us reach our goal of $60,000. If you are able, consider joining the Rabbi’s Circle with a donation of $1,000 or more. Or give $180 to become a Friend. It’s easy to make your 2022 Annual Fund donation either by check or credit card. Send your check made out to Temple Israel, 200 State Street, Portsmouth NH 03801 OR click the donate button to pay by credit card.

Please join us in supporting the future of Temple Israel. Your donation ensures that Temple Israel can continue as a sukkat shlomecha, a shelter of peace — a vibrant center of Jewish life in the Seacoast.

Donor Levels
Friends of the Temple      $180-$999
Rabbi’s Circle Levels
Bronze         $1,000-$2,499
Silver           $2,500-$4,999
Gold             $5,000-$9,999
Platinum      $10,000+

All donors will be listed in next year’s Annual Report and in the Doorpost.

Friends of the Temple and Rabbi’s Circle donors will be recognized on Giving Wall of Honor, displayed in the Court Street lobby.  An additional reception will honor Rabbi’s Circle donors.

Annual Fund Appeal FAQs

Commemorate Life-Cycle Events

Trees of Life

Celebrate a joyous occasion by engraving a leaf on either of our two beautiful Trees of Life:

Sanctuary Tree of Life order form

Chapel Tree of Life order form

Purchase a Leaf on our Tree of Life

Yahrzeit Memorials

Remember family members with a permanent memorial plaque in the sanctuary.

Submit the Yahrzeit Sanctuary Memorial Lights Plaque order form.

Purchase a Memorial Plaque

Purchase a Lev Shalem Siddur or Mahzor!

Call for book orders!

Copies of the new “Siddur Lev Shalem” or “Mahzor Lev Shalem” may be ordered for personal use using our online book order form.

If you are interested in contributing to the congregation’s collection of siddurim and mahzorim, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Prayerbook Fund.

Order a Prayerbook

Planned Giving

Financial-planning experts can show you how estate plans can be structured to earn you substantial income and also support vital Jewish community interests in future decades.

Email the Temple Office for More Information