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The decision to make a charitable gift is a wonderful way to express your
commitment to Temple Avodat Shalom as a priority in your life or to honor
a loved one or special event.


This list of items that will benefit our temple community will evolve as
time goes on. Items range from the large to the small, as well as group
items like Torah Commentaries where one or ten make a difference.
Every item and any amount makes a meaningful addition and is
greatly appreciated. There is a lot to choose from, so have fun!


Once you have chosen a "wish" to grant, please contact the
Temple office at 201-489-2463 to be guided through the process.


You may also  download a copy of this "Wish Listfill it out and mail it or hand 
it into the office at:

Temple Avodat Shalom, 385 Howland Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


Enhancing Worship

  •  “The Torah: A Women's Commentary” ($36 each)
  •  MishkanT’filah siddur ($36 each)
  •  Sponsor an Oneg in honor, in memory, just because ($200)
  •  Underwrite High Holy Day babysitting ($600 or $12,000 in perpetuity)


  •  Sponsor a bench in the outdoor Sanctuary ($72 each)
  •  Yahrzeit plaque ($180 each)
  •  Mitzvah Walk brick ($360)
  •  Tree of Life ($250)


  •  New podium for the bima ($10,000)
  •  Comfy schmoozing area for the lobby ($3,000)
  •  New seating for the Bima ($9,000)
  •  Additional lighting in the parking lot ($6,000)
  • Snow plowing ($1,000/plowing)
  •  Landscaping ($400/month)
  •  Utilities ($2,500/month)
  •  Roof maintenance ($2,400/year)

Live Streaming

  • One of the most needed improvements to our temple community is the ability to live stream our services, study, & programming. This would immediately impact our homebound & distant members & beyond. A gift of $10,000 would let us install the needed infrastructure & live stream for years to come. Let us know if you are interested - this could be a great group gift!

Religious School

  •  Hebrew School scholarship ($1,200/year or $24,000 in perpetuity)
  •  Sponsor a student’s B’nai Mitzvah training ($750 for one child)
  •  Religious School teacher salary ($600/month)
  •  Sponsor a Religious School class trip ($500)
  •  Sponsor Religious School programming ($500)
  •  Sponsor a bus for a Religious School field trip ($500)


  •  Support our teens’ annual Midnight Run ($72)
  •  Sponsor the Youth Group’s annual Purim Carnival ($2,000/year or $40,000 in perpetuity)
  •  Sponsor a teen’s NFTY summer in Israel ($1,000 or $20,000 in perpetuity)
  •  Sponsor a child’s summer at a Reform Jewish camp ($1,000 or $20,000 in perpetuity)

Scholar / Artist in Residence

  • Give a weekend filled with lifelong Jewish memories to the entire congregation. Scholars and artists in residence make a week or weekend at TAS - from study to worship to religious school - go from ordinary to extraordinary. Honorariums range from $3,000-$5,000.

Member Hits the Lottery

  •  Digital Yahrzeit Memorial Board ($20,000)
  •  Name the Bulletin ($15,000 for one year or $300,000 in perpetuity)
  •  Renovate the kitchen ($100,000)
  •  New carpeting throughout building ($40,000)
  •  Upgrade the HVAC in the Religious School ($30,000)
  •  New stained glass panels on front of building ($110,000)
  •  Renovate the Sanctuary ($1,000,000)
  •  A gift to endow a clergy person’s salary (an endowment of $250,000 for a one month endowment and $3,000,000 for an annual endowment)
Sat, September 25 2021 19 Tishrei 5782