Sweepstakes has enhanced our image within our congregation as both a major fundraiser and as an anticipatedsocial event. It enables us to achieve our goal as our major fundraiser. It affords us the ability to make asubstantial donation to our synagogue and provide funding for other club programming. It is a highly visibleprogram that reminds the entire congregation of our Men’s Club’s value to the congregation and is an excellentintro to prospective members and leaders. It also brings in money from non-members who annually buy tickets.
Many families at Temple Sinai were having Shabbat luncheons and only inviting their guests, creating 2 classes of worshipper. We started a low cost catering service to allow all worshippers to be invited to Shabbat luncheons. The effort has been so successful, that we are on track to make a $10,000.00 profit in the first year.
I have a small club and we haven't had luck with programs where people show up. We do fund raising for certain causes in the US, I send a letter to the cong. requesting $ so that we can purchase items that the local hospitals can give to the children for Hanukkah. This is beside providing for our own children in our school.
In 2004, we observed that it had been 7 or 8 years since the Fair Lawn Jewish Center had published a membership directory, and many of our members reported that they still used the old one. Our Men’s Club (“The Men’s Progress Club” or MPC) decided that we had sufficient computer and technical skills to produce our own.
When Temple Israel lost access to borrowed playground equipment the Men'sClub committed to help our Sunday school purchase new equipment as aninvestment in our children. The cost was $7,500 with no budget and notraditional big donors to tap. Color plans for a new Temple IsraelChildren’s Garden were drawn up and displayed in the atrium to help aninitial appeal bring in pledges for $3,500.