Tithing is Scriptural. Malachi 3:10, Bring the whole tenth [tithe] into the storehouse [i.e., your home congregation] so that there will be food in my house, and put Me to the test," says Adonai-Tzva'ot. "See if I won't open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs."
Or HaOlam is dependent on ADONI through the faithful and generous tithes and offerings of His people which underwrite the congregation’s ministry expenditures. Beyond the general funds received and dispersed for the operation of the congregation, we have created special funds for distinct and specific purposes. Donations of offerings beyond the 10% "tithes to the storehouse" (Malachi 3.10) may be designated for one of these three main funds for your donations, besides your tithe to Or HaOlam which goes into the General Fund.
1) the Building Fund; 2) the Benevolence Fund; and 3) the Bless Israel Fund (B'resheet/Genesis 12:3) To contribute to one of these funds, please indicate so on the memo line of your check. The funds are briefly described below.
Ways to give:
1.) If giving by check, please make check payable to Or HaOlam and place in the pushka (the offering box near the doorway of the sanctuary) when you come to service, or mail to: Or HaOlam, c/o Bookkeeper, P.O. Box 12503, Overland Park, Kansas 66282.
3.) Or you can donate using Giving Fire. Just click on the blue "Donate to Or HaOlam" button on this page and follow the instructions for donations.
4.) To give by phone please access https://orhaolam.givingfire.com
Donation via text to Or HaOlam is now available through Giving Fire.
913-270-0646 is the contact number; then, for example, if you’re giving $100, type in Give 100.
If you’ve not donated through Giving Fire, you will get a reply to set up an account. That will be a permanent record until you go back in to make a change.
Note: The text default goes to Tithes. Text giving will NOT split electronic donations, that is, electronic donations to the Building Fund, Sunrise, Guest Speakers, Special Projects, or anything else through Giving Fire cannot be made by text, but can be made online at https://orhaolam.givingfire.com/.
Our treasurer or bookkeeper can change the text default when we have guest speakers, special events, etc.
Bless Israel Fund
The Bless Israel Fund distributes money to various ministries serving in the Land of Israel that are aligned with our vision of sharing the Good News with the people of Israel and/or providing charity for the needy. If you give directly to a charity that claims to help Israel there is a possibility that this charity will bring an anti-Messianic message to its recipients. We are familiar with many ministries in Israel and will select ones that we feel are well run and that will use your funds wisely and efficiently.
Or HaOlam, in keeping with its biblical and charitable goals, has established a Benevolence Fund to assist persons in our body and community who are in financial need. The intent is to minister to those in need both spiritually and financially by offering a “hand up” rather than a "hand out," coupling financial assistance with counseling and encouragement. Services provided include such critical needs as mortgage/rent assistance, utility payments, medical expenses, home/car repairs, food, gas and/or other special needs assistance. Disbursement of this Fund is handled by the Benevolence Committee that evaluates the appropriateness of providing financial assistance. All procedures are kept confidential.
G-d instructs the people of Israel, "They are to make me a sanctuary, so that I may live among them.” The primary meaning of "among them" is from the Hebrew בְּתוֹכם b’tokham "within them," that is, within their hearts and spirits. Nevertheless, it is a sound secondary meaning that G-d wants us to gather in community. The resulting corporate expression of worship constitutes an advance of the Kingdom of Messiah by the upbuilding of our spirits in His Spirit and in community learning and fellowship. Yeshua states it, "I will build my Community, and the gates of Sh'ol will not overcome it" (Matt 16.18). This statement reflects a posture of outreach into the kingdom of darkness. Its gates will be breached as we worship together in spirit and in truth in community.
Therefore, we feel HaShem wants us to have a building that will functionally and aesthetically reflect His covenantal Presence with Israel, be accessible all, as the prophet Mikhah/Micah wrote about the endtime restoration of Israel, "ADONI says, 'I will assemble the lame and gather those who were dispersed, along with those I afflicted. ADONI will rule them on Mount Tziyon from that time forth and forever."
Gifts designated to any of the funds described above are all tax deductible, with the exception of a certain kind of donation to the Benevolence Fund – that is, one which has been further specifically designated for a particular individual or family, unless such designation is considered only a suggestion, and the donor agrees to deem such a suggestion as advisory rather than mandatory in nature. To clarify this delineation further: All gifts to the Benevolence Fund are gifts to the synagogue and while the Benevolence Committee may consider suggested designations for a particular recipient, in no event is it bound to follow them. Donors will not be permitted to recover a contribution because the committee failed to honor the donor’s recommendation. This is done in an effort to comply with IRS regulations which prohibit the deductibility of a Benevolence contribution earmarked to a specific person.
Exception to this policy of recommendation limitations will be made if a donor wishes to anonymously give to a specific individual through the Benevolence Fund. However, said gifts cannot be considered tax-deductible per IRS guidelines. Or HaOlam will honor such a prearranged designation, in essence acting as a pass-through of blessing, under the condition that the donor understands such a designated gift will not be included in the donor’s yearly contribution statement of charitable giving to Or HaOlam.
We are so appreciative of your sacrificial giving to the work of G-d here at Or HaOlam and pray that He will bless you mightily as you listen to His voice and walk in His ways.