Some families have the tradition of giving presents each night of Chanukah. This year we encourage you to Give a Night of Chanukah, directing the amount you would ordinarily spend on one night of gifts to tzedakah instead.
Below you’ll find some suggested tzedakah options that are easy, tangible, impactful, and important to our congregation. Of course, you can also feel free to choose a charity that is important to you.



Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut is Temple Israel’s interfaith social justice network. We build relationships across the religious, racial and socio-economic spectrum to make an impact on issues of shared importance, such as gun violence, healthcare, immigrants’ rights, and criminal justice reform.


HWH provides emergency shelter, supportive housing and food assistance to all in need in the Westport community. TI provides weekly meals at Gillespie Center downtown, semi-annual food drives for the HWH food pantry, and support throughout the year.

Help us maintain our ironclad commitment to welcome everyone who wants to be part of our congregation regardless of financial capacity. Moreover, your contribution will enable us to dream, experiment, innovate and thrive.