Everyone whose spirit moved him came bringing offerings for the work of the Tent of Meeting. (Exodus 35:21)

Or Ami's membership dues cover only the minimum annual expenses, not the full costs of running a synagogue. Additional contributions are always needed to help keep our activities going. Making a contribution to Or Ami is a wonderful way to honor a loved one's memory or acknowledge a special occasion.

To discuss a gift, contact the Or Ami office at (804) 272-0017 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or make an online donation now.

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Fund Descriptions

Operations

  • Or Ami General Fund. Supports general operations of the synagogue subject to board discretion

Building Maintenance and Improvements

  • Building Fund. Enables major capital improvements and payment of existing mortgages
  • Livnot. Revenue from the purchase of leaves for Or Ami’s Tree of Life help to sustain this fund. Livnot (meaning “to build”) funds are used to augment dollars from either the Building Fund of the Herold Hofheimer Refurbishment Fund for major capital improvements to Or Ami
  • Herold Hofheimer Refurbishment Fund. Provides funds for improvements to the building and grounds and purchase of items that improve the facility.
  • Building and Grounds Emergency Fund. Funds for unplanned emergency repairs to the Or Ami facilities
  • Harvey Lampert Memorial Garden Fund. Maintains and beauties the Harvey Lampert Memorial Garden at Or Ami
  • Landscaping Fund. Provides for the enhancement and beautification of the grounds surrounding our synagogue

Education

  • Religious School Fund. Funds enrichment programs/activities or other special needs related to religious education of our youth
  • Lendvay Education Fund. Supports teacher education and music education in the religious school
  • Sack/Hirsch Scholarship Fund. To provide whole or partial scholarships for families in need to that their children may attend the Or Ami Religious School

Worship

  • Torah Fund. Enables the maintenance of Or Ami’s Torah scrolls an the purchase of sacred Judaic objects
  • Music Fund. Provides for the acquisition of sheet music and the purchase of audio related equipment

Remembrance

  • Cemetery Fund. Provides fund to purchase additional plots for the Or Ami Cemetery

Social Action

  • Social Action Fund. Enables Or Ami members the ability to engage in tikkun olam and to partner with the community in service and advocacy
  • Rabbi's Discretionary Fund. Used at the Rabbi's discretion to enhance the mission of the congregation

Youth Engagement

  • OATY. Provides scholarships to attend local, regional, and/or national NFTY events for members of OATY (Or Ami Temple Youth)

Adult Education

  • Adult Education Fund. Furthers programs for the continuing education of adult members of Congregation Or Ami with particular emphasis in the areas of Jewish studies
  • Library Fund. Maintains the Or Ami library for use by our congregants

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