Our Funds

Thank you for contributing to Congregation Agudas Achim. Contributions comprise about 30 percent of our budget and are critical to the success of our efforts. It is a time-honored Jewish tradition to make a donation to the congregation in honor or in memory of a loved one or to express gratitude for any event. We have a variety of funds to which you can donate. Please learn more about these funds below. Contributions can be made here.

To contribute to our L’dor V’dor Endowment, please click here.

Religious Activities

Torah & Ritual Fund– Used to purchase or repair CAA Torahs or ritual items such as Kiddush cups, Havdalah sets, etc.

Selah Fund-  For support of activities of SELAH (South Austin Community Outreach activities).

NACHAT Fund– For support of activities of NACHAT (North Austin Community Outreach activities)

Kiddush/Minyan Fund– Provides Kiddush luncheons and Minyan noshes for the congregation.


Anne & Sol Ginsberg Adult Education Fund– Supports adult education programs including guest speakers, materials and administrative functions.

Zachary Smith Scholarship Fund- Used to provide scholarships for Religious School students whose families are unable to pay tuition.

Joshua Panzer Tot Shabbat Fund– Founded in memory of the son of Miriam and Ira Panzer, it is used for supplies for programs like Tot Shabbat.

Ruth Rothstein Religious School Staff Development Fund- Founded in memory of the mother of Janet Forman, it is used to provide training for Religious School teachers.

CAARS Simcha Book Fund- Books for the CAARS Library.  Parents purchase books in honor of their children.

Manny Seiden B’nai Mitzvah Fund-  Used to assist students with the expense of B’nai Mitzvah tutoring, and to provide books and teaching tools for the B’nai Mitzvah program.

Parent Teacher Org (PTO) Fund–  CAARS Educational Enrichment.

CAARS Tzedakah Fund- Provides additional funds to those collected to classes.

Shoshana Weintraub Jewish Youth Fund- Provides funds that will benefit CAARS and other important youth and youth programming needs. All funds will be submitted to the Austin Community Foundation Fund under the same name.

CAA Life

Aytz Chaim Fund- The Aytz Chaim Endowment Trust provides funds for educational, cultural and religious opportunities and programming for members of CAA for which funds would not otherwise be available, as well as to provide funds for special events and projects of CAA. Click here to learn more about Aytz Chaim.

USY/Kadima Fund- Provides for USY/Kadima programming and scholarships to enable members to attend out of town conventions. May also be used to pay USY dues on behalf of needy students.

Sisterhood Fund- Supports Sisterhood activities and programs including providing support for inventory and expenses to run the Gift Shop.

Sisterhood Sunshine: Kitchen Supplies and Equipment.

Brotherhood Fund- Supports Brotherhood activities and programs.

Hazak Fund- Supports Hazak  activities and programs.

Yad Ezra Fund- Care and support for  members of CAA in need – primarily rides to
synagogue, meals and visitation in times of need including illness or death, and other social action causes to support CAA members.

Social Action/Tikkun Olam Fund- Social service projects within the Jewish community (not specifically for CAA members) as well as non-Jewish causes within the larger Austin community.

Choir Fund- Help support CAA Choir activities.

Tzedakah Fund- Provides funds the Rabbi can disburse to needy individuals and to general social action in the community.

CAA Facilities

CAA General Fund– Supports the general operations of CAA including payroll, building and grounds maintenance, supplies and kitchen operation.

Foundation Fund– Help us to pay down the construction debt on our sacred address. Building a foundation for our future.

Technology Fund– Provides for advanced Internet and computer capability for office staff.

Sh’ma Project Garden Fund-The Sh’ma project develops the Sid and Naomi Worob Meditative Garden outside the eastern wall of the sanctuary.

Stan Friedman Fund-Honors the horticultural work of Stan Friedman and provides materials to improve our grounds.

Cemetery Fund-Used for the repair and maintenance of the cemetery.

Other Funds

Rabbi Blumofe’s Discretionary Fund– Used for charitable, community or synagogue purposes at the discretion of the Rabbi.

Rabbi Swedroe’s Discretionary Fund– Used for charitable, community or synagogue purposes at the discretion of the Assistant Rabbi.

President’s Discretionary Fund– Used at the Congregational President’s discretion, with Board oversight, for non-routine expenses outside of budget.

Future Austin Community Mikveh– Used to fund the building of the future Austin Community Mikveh.

Claudia Winer Mikveh Endowment Fund– Used for the ongoing maintenance of the community mikveh. Click here for more information about the mikveh.

CAA History Project Fund– Provides funds to archive, preserve and exhibit historical materials about the congregation.