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Build a strong community by supporting the Temple through donations and volunteering.

Our Temple community has much to offer, and yet because we want to provide a variety of services and fun events on a relatively low budget, your participation is encouraged and is a terrific way to connect with other members, build confidence, share your ideas and be a part of something greater than ourselves. 

Your willingness to contribute your time and energy is a gift (mitzvah) to our community, and there are so many ways to get involved.


Toda Raba once again to Temple Israel of Alameda for your wonderful expression of generosity and compassion!  The 5781 High Holy Day Food Drive realized an amazing donation of $4,776.00.  This bounty is equal to more than 300 bags of groceries.  As our Jewish community worshipped together during this sacred season, we renewed our commitment to Tikkun Olam.  Our efforts assured that the 600 food insecure families, served each week by the Alameda Food Bank, will experience a world that is a bit more repaired.

The Social Justice Committee hopes that we are all blessed with a year of peace and growth and that together, we continue to go from strength to strength. 

Ethel Steinberger
Social Justice Committee



Donations, Special Occurrences and Observances

If you are a member please log into your account before making any donations or payments.

Complete the online form here or if you prefer to pay by check complete this form and submit it to the office.

  • Memorial Plaque in the Sanctuary Donation
  • Tree of Life Name Plate Donation
  • Prayer Book Name Plate Donation
  • General Donation

If you are donating towards an event that requires registration, please use the event registration link found in the calendar.

Join A Committee

  • Ritual Practices Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Beit Bina Education Committee
  • Social Action Committee
  • Building for 2020 Task Force
  • Temple Israel of Alameda Legacy Society

Support An Event

  • Sponsor an Oneg
  • Volunteer to sell gift cards
  • Assist with a Fundraising Event
  • Assist with a Religious School Program
  • Cook for the woman’s shelter
  • Deliver food for meal trains (for those too ill)
  • Be a driver for Temple members unable to mobilize on their own

Please contact us to get involved.

Temple Israel of Alameda Legacy Society

The Foundation was established in the 1990’s with a $10,000 bequest from the estate of Diana Garfinkle, one of the original founding members of our congregation. Our assets have grown from bequests, donations of appreciated stock, and transfers from the disbanded Investment Chavurah.

Continued growth of the Foundation's assets are crucial to the financial stability of the congregation. We need every congregant to consider including the Temple Foundation in their estate planning. Many of you will say that your means are not great enough for estate planning, but that may not be true, especially if you own property, stocks, retirement plans and/or annuities. The Foundation is asking every congregant to leave 1% of their estate to the Temple Israel Foundation so the Temple can remain financially stable generating income many years down the road. 1% will not adversely affect your heirs. If your heirs are financially self-sufficient, more of your assets might easily be used for philanthropy. If your assets are more substantial, you might want to consider other estate planning choices which will have positive tax benefits for you now (e.g., gifts of appreciated stocks or property, charitable lead trust, or charitable remainder trusts, etc). You can also name the Temple Foundation as full or partial beneficiary on life insurance policies or retirement accounts.

We encourage you to speak with your financial and legal advisors to work out estate planning solutions which will benefit you as well as the Temple. If and when you have arranged for bequests to the Foundation, please send us a copy of the relevant codicils or paperwork for our records. We know that many of us are at the limit of spending for our current lifestyles or fear we may outlive our resources. We are asking you to consider a donation from your assets when you no longer need them.

Click here for suggested language for this estate planning option. We deeply appreciate and thank you for this loving act of charity towards your congregation.

Fri, January 22 2021 9 Sh'vat 5781