Temple Emanuel
Denver, Colorado
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Kehila 1874

Kehila 1874 - Annual Financial Commitment

Beginning in Summer 2018, we will move into a new annual financial commitment that will replace our former dues structure. 

Temple Emanuel's offerings have been growing in size and scope tremendously. To be able to sustain our community and prepare for future milestones, we have planned with intention and attention. We need to sustain the work we do and the community we build. In a year, we:

  • name and bless around 40 babies,

  • educate close to 300 in our Early Learning Center and award them $20,000 in scholarships,

  • usher an average of 75 B’nai Mitzvah into adulthood and confirm 25,

  • educate over 550 children in our Religious School,

  • join almost 20 couples in marriage,

  • comfort and support 70 bereaved families,

  • shepherd 10-15 Jews into our community through conversion.

As we look forward to coming years of increasing B'nai Mitzvah from 75 annually to 100, joining dozens of couples in marriage, and growing educational and social action programs, we must be able to meet our baseline needs. Kehila 1874 is designed to do this. By bringing together community (kehila) and tradition (1874 - the year of our founding), we will be able to sustain and grow. 

The What

Kehila 1874 will:

  • enable Temple Emanuel to carry out our mission with increased efficiency, intent, and scope. 

  • enhance our operational excellence, programming, and services.

  • introduce a series of opportunities for members at each level.

  • establish the sustaining foundation level per household to meet our members’ needs and desires. This is consistent with the average dues levels of other synagogues in our community. With a spirit of generosity and commitment to Jewish values, those who can give more will enable our congregation to experience cutting edge Jewish practice, tradition, values, culture and education without finances standing in the way. No one will ever be turned away from Temple Emanuel for financial reasons.

  • set in place a system for all levels of giving that also recognizes volunteerism and in-kind contributions.

Kehila Annual Opportunities

Welcome: Baruch Haba (Sustaining Level)

  • Includes camp and school discounts


  • Benefits of Baruch Haba level, plus
  • Name published in Kehila 1874 donor list annually


  • Benefits of previous levels, plus
  • Invitation to Kehila 1874 member appreciation event
  • Access to 6 tribute cards sent from Temple Emanuel, in your name, to recipients of your choice

51 Grape Club

  • Benefits of previous levels, plus
  • Access to 12 tribute cards
  • Invitation to one "pre-event" reception with speaker or performer where space is limited
  • Two complimentary tickets to annual fundraising concert
  • Custom wine with Temple Emanuel label

Tzedek Circle

  • Benefits of previous levels, plus
  • Access to unlimited "no cost" tribute cards
  • Dinner with other Tzedek Circle members
  • Special "on the road" trip with Rabbi
  • Once a year special list recognizing Tzedek Circle
  • Opportunity to be a one-time, featured member on website and social media
  • Sponsor recognition at annual fundraiser

Pearl Society

  • Benefits of previous levels, plus
  • Special pearl pin
  • Framed photo of original Pearl Street Temple location
  • Special listing on Pearl Street donor display

Mitzvah Circle (Recognition of non-financial volunteerism)

  • Special recognition for volunteers in one or more of Temple Emanuel's opportunities and based on ongoing commitment and consistent involvement

"Since joining, Temple Emanuel has provided my family and I the opportunity to not only connect to Judaism through traditional worship, but also to become a part of the Jewish community here in Denver.  The Temple provides many unique opportunities to connect with the Jewish community through its social, educational and philanthropic programs.  The future of the Jewish community here is Denver starts with a strong and vibrant 'community'.  Temple Emanuel has been committed to making this a priority, but this commitment has real costs.  I know that my annual support of Temple Emanuel is not just paying for my fair share, but is an investment in the the future of our Jewish community in Denver."  -Carl Rossow


"Judy has been a member of Temple her entire life; Bruce joined Temple when we moved back to Denver after we had our first child, Jeremy, in 1995.  Our lives have always been connected to the Temple; almost every life cycle event has been celebrated or observed here in times of joy and sorrow.  Our children, Jeremy and Gabrielle, have an equally strong connection to the Temple, having gone to preschool, been educated in religious school through Confirmation, attended Shwayder Camp and shared in so many milestones at the Temple...Decades from now, it is our hope that Temple continues to be the place for comfort, to develop a strong Jewish identity and in continued celebration of our Judaism and community. 

"We are the beneficiaries of generations before us, who worked hard to develop a welcoming and inclusive Reform Jewish community.  We owe it to our future generations to make sure that Temple continues to be the spiritual home in our community to educate, celebrate and discover our Judaism.   We must continue to build our future in welcoming and creative ways." -Judy Altenberg and Bruce Plotkin