Temple Avodah, Oceanside NY

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Temple Avodah Donations as Permanent Remembrances and to Temple Funds

It is often customary in the Jewish tradition to acknowledge a simcha or to remember a loved one by making a donation to the synagogue. Temple Avodah offers a variety of donation opportunities.

Contributions to any of the Temple Avodah funds can be arranged by calling the Temple Office at 516-766-6809 x101 or by sending an email inquiry. You may also donate to a Temple Fund online by clicking here.


Temple Avodah is pleased to offer opportunities for permanent remembrances.

Our Tree of Life

A beautiful artistic tree, prominently displayed in our Temple Lobby. A leaf on our “Tree of Life” can be purchased in honor of a celebratory or milestone event such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah, graduation or wedding, or just a way to say “I love you.”. Etched in brass colored leaves for a lasting memory.

Memorial Plaques

Buying a memorial plaque that will be mounted on the synagogue wall provides a lasting remembrance of a loved one. The plaque is lit for the yearly Yahrzeit remembrance and on Yom Kippur.

Seat Plaques

A seat plaque can also be mounted in the sanctuary for any occasion.

Our Walkway of Memories

Purchasing a brick on the “Walk of Honor” outside the entrance to the synagogue is another way of honoring/celebrating a loved one or remembering a special occasion. An ideal way to honor an anniversary, birthday, graduation or special event. It is also a perfect way to remember a friend or loved one who is no longer with us. Bricks are permanently etched. Available in single or double sized bricks. Click here for a copy of the order form that can be printed and mailed.


Temple Avodah also maintains a number of special funds to which donations can be made.

These funds were created in order to have resources available to help and, in some cases, sustain many programs and activities at Temple. When a donation is made to one of these funds, the donor’s name is listed in the monthly Temple Topics publication and, if requested, an acknowledgement is sent to the family. Below is a list of the various funds and a brief description of each. This is a very easy way to make a donation to Temple Avodah and do something kind and special for a friend or family member. Call the office for information on minimum donation amounts and for further assistance on choosing a fund.

The Amanda Rose Kanowitz Children’s Library Fund and The Alan M. Katz Memorial Library Fund: provides for the purchase of new materials and for the maintenance of the library facilities

Music Fund: helps support musical programs at Temple

Anita Berger Campership Fund: helps in sponsoring a child from our Religious School to attend a summer camp program

Children’s Education Fund: provides funding to support programs and trips administered by our Religious School

Lillian Klein Adult Education Fund: provides funding for adult education programs, including guest speakers and Scholar-in-Residence programs

Rabbi Philmore Berger Leadership Development Fund: provides funding for activities, seminars and programs designed to aid in the development of current and new Temple volunteer leadership

Raymond Heettner Endowment Fund: enriches education and travel opportunities for children in the Religious School

Joan & Erwin Kombert Gardens Fund: helps in funding landscaping at our facility

Sacred Prayer Book Fund: purchases new prayer and Torah books. A book plate is inserted into the book to acknowledge the donation.

Simcha/Memorial Fund: provides for improvements and up keep of the sanctuary

Capital Campaign Fund: used to fund the cost of the renovation of our facility

Sponsoring an Oneg

A family can sponsor the Oneg after Friday night services for all sorts of occasions: To celebrate, to honor, to share an occasion, or to remember. The cost to sponsor the Oneg is only $136.

At Temple Avodah, we have a beautiful, meaningful and sweet tradition: On the Shabbat of the Yahrzeit of a loved one, the family can sponsor the Oneg after Friday night services in memory of a loved one. In the words of Rabbi and Peppy Goren: “Peppy and I have been sponsoring Onegs for happy occasions, so this is no different. By sponsoring the Oneg, we remember their sweetness, we honor their memories and practice the act of tzedakah, charity, by helping our synagogue survive. I hope when the Yahrzeit of a loved one comes up, we can all share the sweetness of their memory with the sweetness of our Oneg after Friday night services.”

To find out more about sponsoring an Oneg, please call the Temple office.


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Planting A Tree In Israel Planting a tree in Israel is the perfect way to show you care. You may plant trees for many different reasons and help green the land of Israel while sending a special gift to a friend or loved one. For each order, a beautiful certificate of your choice is mailed to the recipient with your own personal message. Contact the Temple Office or place your order online.

You may donate to a Temple Avodah Fund online by clicking here. You will be able to specify the Fund, and all applicable information when you make your donation online just as if you contacted the Temple Office directly. Temple Members and Non-Temple Members may donate online. You may always also phone the Temple Office x101 for assistance.