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Burn the Mortgage


At the High Holy Days we invited the whole Congregation to participate in helping us Burn The Mortgage.  

Since that invitation to participate, we are proud to announce that we have raised $165,000 so far from 59 families. 

We are exceedingly grateful to each and every one of them.

Of course, there is much work still to be done.  We would love to count your family in these numbers.  There are just a few days left to make a tax-deductible tzedakah contribution in this calendar year.  Eliminating our mortgage will allow our Temple to continue to not only dream big, but to achieve an even deeper sense of community and connection.  Your act of tzedakah has a direct result on all we do – our children and grandchildren of tomorrow will be the beneficiaries of our generosity today.

Please consider rededicating yourself to Temple life, like the ancient Maccabees, by making a donation today.  The Maccabees changed the Jewish world – so can we! 


Dreams for SHM
“It isn’t what we see; it’s what we don’t see yet.”
Rabbi Richard Steinberg
SHM is a leading congregation in Orange County.  If given the opportunity with more resources, SHM’s vision would catapult SHM and the rest of Orange County to a new level of Jewish experience.  Our goal is simple – not only to keep Judaism alive, but to see it thrive.  Such vision includes:
  • Create a Temple Counseling Center
  • Redouble our Outreach to:
    • Unaffiliated groups
    • Israelis
    • Jews of Color
    • Young Jews (20s & 30s)
    • Underserved areas of the OC
  • Create and Facilitate a Major Speakers Bureau entitled – “The Town Square”
  • Expand Youth Retreat Programming
    • Having students for two to four hours a week is qualitatively different than having them for 48-72 straight hours.  Jewish identities are built at “camp.”
  • Create SHM Tikkun Olam 501c3, as a foundation, run by SHM, that focuses on improving the circumstances of those less fortunate in a more directed way.
    • More grant opportunities available when not a church/synagogue directly.
  • Shabbat at the Center Program - “More than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews.” – A program to center Reform Jews on the importance of Shabbat observance (in home experiences with the Rabbis and others).
  • Create Afterschool Programming at SHM – tutoring services, day care, outdoor activities, etc…
  • Create a Theatre Program for people of ages – performing Jewish themed plays and music
  • Refocus attention on Holocaust Remembrance
  • Lead Collaborations around the county with other synagogues and JCC and other Jewish organizations
  • And so much more…

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Wed, June 7 2023 18 Sivan 5783