The Mitzvah of Tzedakah

Tzedakah is often translated from Hebrew to mean “charity,” but its true meaning is rooted in the obligation to justice and righteousness. Each individual act of tzedakah expresses a sacred and enduring Jewish value by connecting us through the continuous pursuit to better our world.

Individual Support:

Your support provides much-needed revenue for Kehillah. All faith- based institutions require supplemental operating funds, and our Synagogue is not exempt from these fiscal realities.

Each gift to Kehillah makes possible all that we do today and prepares us for an ever more promising tomorrow.

Forms of Donation

Credit Card:

Make your contribution online using your Visa or Mastercard credit card.

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Mail your check to: Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Matching Gifts:

You may be able to double the impact of your gift through a corporate matching gift! Many companies will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Please check with your Human Resources or Finance department for more information.

Appreciated Securities:

It is surprisingly easy to make a gift of securities. In most instances, stocks can be transferred electronically from your account into one maintained by Kehillah Synagogue.

Instead of selling investments that have increased in value, consider contributing them to pay your Synagogue membership dues or to make your gift. In order to enjoy the maximum deduction for gifts of stock, you must have owned the stocks for at least one year and one day. Such gifts qualify for a tax deduction for the full current fair market value of the donated stock and do not incur tax on the capital gains. Be sure to contact your legal and tax advisers regarding how this can apply to your situation.

If your stock has declined in value, then it is more beneficial for you to sell the stock, take the loss against your tax liability and write a check for your donation.

Gift Shopping Programs

Harris Teeter:

Our Vic number is #5800. You may sign up at any Harris Teeter store or Insert Link to Sign Up.

Amazon Smile:

You can benefit Kehillah, at no cost to you, when you shop at Amazon. Click here ——to shop Amazon Smile.

Box Tops for Education:

Earn cash for our School by clipping box tops for education and giving them to Anna Hartgrove, our Preschool Director.

Planned Giving

You don’t have to be wealthy to make a meaningful and lasting gift. Including the Kehillah in your estate plans is a way leave your legacy.

I did not find this world desolate when I entered it. And as my parents planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me. — Talmud

The L’Dor V’Dor Legacy Society

Kehillah Synagogue created the L’Dor V’Dor Legacy Society to acknowledge the individuals who are committed to sustaining our sacred community for future generations.


  • Bequest in your will or estate plan
  • Gift of life insurance
  • Gift of IRA and retirement accounts
  • Gift appreciated securities
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Charitable remainder trust

Please consult your financial or estate planning professional to determine the best option for you.

If you have already or wish to consider leaving a legacy gift for Kehillah, please contact our Interim Executive Director, Mary Lawrence ( at 919-338-2696, or Stanley Robboy, Vice President of Development and Philanthropy at 919-968-9773 (

Kehillah Giving Opportunities

Many of us experiencing life cycle events ask how we can thank Kehillah. Friends and relatives often want to commemorate a loved one or honor a special event. Here at Kehillah, we have many ways to make meaningful contributions while supporting the synagogue. Here are a few:

General Fund

Directly supports Kehillah’s operating budget.

Cemetery Fund

Beautifies and maintains the cemetery grounds, including landscaping and new plantings.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

A private fund to assist Kehillah members, synagogue programs, and community endeavors at Rabbi Jen’s personal discretion.

Torah Fund

Goes toward prayer books and ritual objects.

Gifts in Honor or Memory of Others

You may purchase a new edition of the High Holy Day Prayer Book for a contribution of $50. The prayer book will be plated and state that the gift is given in honor or in memory of your loved one by you and/or your family.

You may give a donation in honor of or in loving memory of someone for $18.00.

Please contact Stephanie Stuchiner, our administrator at 919-942-8914.

Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques

Each $360 plaque supports the General Fund. A bronze plaque bearing the name of a deceased loved one is placed on a beautiful wall hanging on the side of the bimah in the sanctuary.

All contributions to the Kehillah are deeply appreciated and specially noted in the synagogue newsletter. Stock donations are also welcome.

To make a contribution, please click here or send a check to Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Note: Donations go directly to general funds. To designate to a specific fund please contact the office at (919) 942-8914. Thanks so much for your support!

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