The Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center is a place where our grandparents met. Where our neighbors experience arts and culture. Where we work out and meet up with friends. Where children learn to swim, build respect for others, and experience the magic of Shabbat.
Your support has never been more impactful, so please consider a meaningful gift today – donation form is at the bottom of the page.
Ways to Give
Every day, in every corner of our JCC, we create lasting connections and meaningful moments that bring our
community together. We offer services for people of all ages and an array of programs that meet a variety of needs.
Creating the connections that inspire our success takes caring, commitment, and dollars.
While membership dues, tuition, and program fees help underwrite some of our costs, they only account for a portion of what we need to wholly support our community. The JCC Annual Fund bridges the gap between program fees and the actual costs to implement them.
Unrestricted Gifts – Circle Society
Your gift of $1,000 or more toward the JCC Annual Fund welcomes you into the Circle Society – a treasured group of individuals, families and organizations whose belief in the importance of family, Jewish culture, community and philanthropy are demonstrated through their extraordinary support. This group of visionary leaders work together to support the continued growth and strength of programs benefiting the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Rochester.
In ancient Judaism, a circle was believed to have protective, magical qualities which is why you often see circles incorporated into our traditions. When rebranding a few years ago, the JCC chose the circle because it perfectly represents the circle of life and the many ways JCC makes an impact at every stage. It also symbolizes wholeness and totality, which is at the core of Annual Fund Giving.
By joining the Circle Society, you are ensuring that the circle is complete today, tomorrow and always.
Life & Legacy
Another option is a longer-term Life & Legacy gift which can be done as part of your estate planning.
It’s a collaborative program that helps individuals and families create legacy gifts for Jewish causes they care about, providing a permanent source of support for our community. Life & Legacy is founded on the principle that all of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, can make an enduring impact.
The Foundation administers the program in partnership with 16 local synagogues and organizations in Jewish Rochester, which receive training and incentive grants from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Restricted Program Donations
You can also make a restricted donation to support a specific program or need
Examples of this type of donation would be a gift earmarked for CSL or to purchase something to address a need.