Am Kolel, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization.


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December 2016 Appeal:
Over the past 26 years, with your support, Am Kolel has grown into a Jewish presence that has earned the respect of many people and many groups. We are known as a community that cares about and acts on social issues, human rights and the environment.

I sit on the Boards of various organizations and feel I represent all of us.

We pride ourselves in being an independent Jewish community dedicated to Jewish renewal by addressing spiritual needs in a welcoming, inclusive community and responding to social issues with a progressive Jewish voice. We are deeply dedicated to Tikkun Olam, the healing and repair of the world.

Our small staff includes Andres, our retreat manager, Jackie, our new office manager, and Judy, our bookkeeper. They work very hard. Gilah Rosner, our former retreat manager, coordinates the new Visitors Project for People with Dementia living in nursing homes who are rarely receive visits. We are always so grateful to you who volunteer throughout the year. But it is becoming more challenging to manage all our needs. We need an additional staff person to assist us in providing the quality programs that we offer.

With the December Appeal, we count on raising $30K. Without these Appeals we would not be able to continue. We are seeking additional funding for a new program staff person and need between $50K-$70K. It is our hope that by next summer we will have raised the funds for this position. A new restricted fund has been set up for this purpose. We welcome your additional gift in meeting this need.

If you have given in the past, thank you. Our voice is needed in the Jewish and larger community. Tell your friends about us.

May the Lights of this season continue to give us hope and blessings.

Sincerely, b'Shalom,

You may click here to see the overview of Am Kolel services and programs.

Click here to download a payment coupon for your December 2016 donation.

Am Kolel depends upon the generosity of our members and friends.  Our membership is small, only 125 households, while those enjoying our resources and events are many times more that number. But our dues only generate 18% of our total income. The rest comes from programs and life cycle income, special gifts, small grants, sales, tuitions, and our December and June Appeals. Below you will see opportunities for supporting our unique work in the community.

General Donation to Am Kolel:
These donations are attributed to the General Operating Fund which covers the basic operating costs for Am Kolel and Sanctuary including staff salaries, utilities, mortgage payments, insurance, postage, office supplies, Sanctuary needs, publishing costs, and the like. In addition, this fund enables us to provide the various Am Kolel programs like Holiday Celebrations; Adult Education, Youth Programs, (eg: Buber Youth Kibbutz & Country Cheder); Jewish Renewal Weekends; Shabbat Services (Cedar Lane & Open Shabbes at Sanctuary); as well as miscellaneous other events & programs.

Donor-Designated Fund Donations - The following are our “Restricted” Funds. These funds are dedicated for a specific purpose. If there is a fund that resonates with you, please consider designating a gift to that fund.  

All gifts can be made to honor or in memory of someone.

Capital/Building Fund
Provides for Sanctuary's infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements. Current needs are repaving the driveway and making building upgrades to comply with a recent Energy Audit.
Matt Fox Buber Enrichment Fund
Named in the memory of Matthew Fox, this fund provides subsidies for Buber Youth program participants.
Fund for Israelis and Gazans (FIG)
Provides financial support for the victims on both sides of the conflict between Israel and Gaza.
Gene Lipman Acre Plus 
Produce grown in the Lipman Acre is donated to various soup kitchens. Donations to this fund provide for the purchase of seeds, farm equipment, cultivating tools, row cover and part-time labor.
Herman Taube Fund for Jewish Arts 
Provides artists with subsidies to attend workshops or classes in the Literary Arts.
Israel/Middle East Peace Fund
Used to support efforts  to promote Peace in Israel and with its neighbors.
Library Fund 
Supports the growth and maintenance of the Rae Alice & Bernard Cohen Am Kolel-Kehila Chadasha Library at Sanctuary.
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund 
Provides for outgoing donations, at the Rabbi’s discretion, to individuals & families with special situations, as well as to non-profit organizations sharing our mission.
Sue Roemer Endowment Fund
Provides support for the Jewish Folk Arts Festival and development of an archive of Cantor Sue Roemer’s original works.
Tabor Justice Forum
Named to honor Mike Tabor, longtime social activist, these funds support forums on social issues.
Torah Fund 
Provides for the maintenance of our Torah Scrolls and future purchase of adornments.
Tzedakah/Social Justice Fund
Supports efforts and programs that work promoting social justice issues such as human rights, immigration rights and health care.
Stanley & Evelyn Wagner Summer Youth Initiative
Provides for youth programming.

In addition, the following funds have been established by member families to honor loved ones or to support specific programs, other than those specified above, that resonate with them:

Coltun Youth Fund - Supports youth activities related to music
Mary Jean Eig Wellness - To create yoga or wellness workshops or for program cost assistance
Matthew Fox Gazebo - Maintains the Gazebo on the Sanctuary grounds
Lisa Kapin Memorial Fund
Steve Pressman Memorial Fund - Maintenance of bridge and campfire area
Loretta Hull Memorial
Buber Youth Network - Supports activities for Buber Youth Kibbutz graduates


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