The Rabbi Ronne Friedman Innovative Program Fund
Have you ever wondered what would happen if venture capitalism and philanthropy came together? We all know how these two ways of investing work, but rarely they are put together. At Temple Israel, under the leadership of Barry Weisman and Leah Rosovsky, we have combined these concepts to create the Rabbi Ronne Friedman Innovative Program Fund. This fund has been established to honor Rabbi Friedman for his decades of service and leadership and to enable the Temple Israel community to experiment with new programs and ideas. Rabbi Friedman is known for his bold ideas and his desire to see Temple Israel lead the way in areas such as young adult engagement, social justice, and education. Our goal is to carry on his legacy of innovation and to ensure that Temple Israel remains a leader in the reform movement both locally and globally. Starting in fiscal year 2017, the Temple Israel staff will convey proposals to the senior rabbi and the president of the board of trustees, who will determine which projects will receive funds. The Rabbi Ronne Friedman Innovative Program Fund does not have mandated required uses, meaning that any new project that is intended to enhance the life and learning of our Temple Israel community will be considered. As of December 31, 2015 we have raised $844,800 towards this fund thanks to the generosity of the following donors: Anonymous David and Amy Abrams Dayl Cohen Jonathan and Margot Davis William and Denise Finard Laurel Friedman Brad Gerratt and Susan Powers
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Jessica Greenfield and Paul Hummel Louis and Marcia Kamentsky Stephen Kay and Lisbeth Tarlow Saul Kurlat John and Louise Loewenstein Jill Medvedow and Richard Kazis Carol Michael Gary and Mary Pforzheimer Don and Fran Putnoi Leah Rosovsky Marc Rysman and Michelle Ephriam Jim and Mimi Segel Bram and Jennifer Shapiro Bob and Noni Stearns Jennifer Weber and Laurence Bailen Kathy Weinman and Cameron Kerry Barry Weisman and Michele Fishel Arthur Winn Justin and Genevieve Wyner Our goal is to raise one million dollars for this fund by May 7, 2016. Please consider a one-time donation above your Friends Annual Fund gift to ensure Rabbi Friedmanâ€™s lasting legacy. We are already at 84% of our total goal. Thank you to those who have already contributed. For more information about this fund or to make your donation today, contact Barry Weisman at email@example.com or Leah Rosovsky at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Julie Gal-Or, Director of Development at email@example.com or 617-566-3960.
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