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Ways of Giving

There are numerous ways in which you can support University Synagogue and your community.

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Pillar Membership
Simchas and Memories
Annual Fundraising Events and Opportunities 
Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Pillar Membership 

Pillar members provide a level of commitment that helps ensure the highest quality of synagogue programming and service to our congregants – making it possible for us to fulfill our mission to become a model synagogue for the 21st century.

Our pillar members meet regularly for special events throughout the year to connect, network and celebrate special moments and events in our community.

Click here to see more about pillar membership.

Simchas and Memories 

Tree of Life

A meaningful way to honor the happy events of your family’s life such as B’nei Mitzvah, weddings, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, special honors, achievements and more. As our simchas grow, so does our Tree of Life. Become a lasting part of University Synagogue’s history and contribute to our future at the same time!

Leaf $360
Acorn $900
Stone $1,800

Memorial Plaques

Offering a tzedakah contribution in memory of a loved one is a time-honored tradition – and your perpetual tribute will be a part of our congregation’s home for years to come. Includes annual listing in Book of Remembrance on Yom Kippur and perpetual reading of your loved one’s name on their yahrzeit.

Plaques are available for $750.

Yahrzeit Remembrances and Tributes

Honor the memory of your loved ones by making a contribution remembering their Yahrzeit to one of our special, dedicated funds, or for the general synagogue community.

For information about Simchas and Memories, contact the clergy assistant at (310) 472-1255, ext. 120, or by email

Annual Fundraising Events & Opportunities 

Cantor's Salon Concert

Help support University Synagogue’s music program with an inspiration afternoon of music and love.  

Heroes Among US Gala Dinner and Auction

The Heroes Among US Gala Dinner and Auction is held each year to recognize the important contributions that our honorees have made to the synagogue and the surrounding community. Proceeds from this event will provide tuition assistance to ECLC and Religious School students, as well as make a huge impact in the types of programming and services we are able to make to our community. 

High Holy Days Appeal

During the High Holy Days, members can contribute to the synagogue by supporting our community during the holiest and most sacred time of the year. This important annual gift drive helps to sustain our community and begin the sweet new year with the spirit of giving and support.

For information about Annual Fundraising Events and Opportunities, contact Toby Berkow at (310) 472-1255, ext. 108, or by email


Our synagogue has partnered with several online and local retailers to provide easy, everyday ways to give back to our community! Please take a minute to register and click on the links below.


Through the Ralph’s Community Contributions Program, a percentage of purchases goes back to our synagogue when members use their Ralph’s rewards card. Members and friends can register their rewards cards with University Synagogue by simply signing into their account and linking it to our synagogue. 

Office Depot

Office Depot’s 5% Back to School Program allows people to support our religious school. For all purchases made in-store, online, or by phone, 5% goes to our religious school in the form of an Office Depot merchandise card which can be use toward supplies.  Just use our religious school’s school ID number: 70216904. Click here to visit the Office Depot website for information.


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for members to support our synagogue every time they shop online at Amazon! Click here to visit University Synagogue’s AmazonSmile page. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to University Synagogue.

For information about Partnerships, contact Toby Berkow at (310) 472-1255, ext. 108, or by email
Leaving a Lasting Legacy 

Including University Synagogue in your estate planning is a meaningful way to create a lasting legacy that will benefit our synagogue family for years to come. In many cases, it is also an effective way to realize tax savings for your estate, while at the same time helping our community and fulfilling the Jewish obligation to give tzedakah.

Here are some possible ways in which you can include University Synagogue in your personal legacy:

For information about Leaving a Lasting Legacy, contact Toby Berkow at (310) 472-1255, ext. 108, or by email

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