Donor Levels



(June 1, 2018 – May 30, 2019)

Celebrating its 19th year, the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program shares the joy of Judaism, builds community, and celebrates Jewish heritage with a rich adult education program and unique family experiences. Signature CSP programs include an annual one-month scholar-in-residence (30 presentations by an internationally-known scholar), summer one-week scholar, distinguished lecture series, North County series, pre-High Holiday program, adult retreat, family retreat lunch and evening salons, dads & kids camping, family camping, and community Shabbat Alive. You can reach us on the web at (949) 682-4040. We use PayPal as our secure payment processor. To donate, you do not need a PayPal account. PayPal accepts credit card transactions from non-members.


FRIEND ($180)

(1) Name added to priority e-mail and mailing list for 5779

FRIEND: If you have never attended a CSP event, please join us for a local program free of charge as our guest (RSVP required, subject to space availability, only applies to programs offered in Orange County).

• Entitled to attend, free of charge, all of our 17th Annual Summer Scholar Series with Thorsten Wagner (July 30-August 1, 2018). Topics include: (i) Germans and Jews; (ii) New Trends in Holocaust Research; and (iii) Politics of Memory in Germany and Poland.

(2) Attend, free of charge, 17th annual Pre-High Holiday presentation on August 19th with David Kasher – “The King is Dead, Long Live God!”: On the Need for New Religious Metaphors.

(3) One CSP 18th Year Swag Bag


(1) Friend level benefits, plus

(2) Attend, free of charge, the following One Month Scholar events:

a. opening and closing events with our 18th Annual One Month Scholar, Marc Dollinger (with overarching theme: A Journey through American Jewish History. The opening lecture on Thursday January 3, 2019 will be New Interpretations of American Jewish History: What really happened and what did it mean? The closing lecture on Sunday January 27th, 2019 will be Past, Present and Future: Deploying our understanding of history to frame contemporary American Jewish life and to wonder about its future;

b. choice of one free 3-part class series with our One Month Scholar (the cost per person to attend each 3-part class series is $36). The 3-part class series offered are (i) Jews and Social Justice; and (ii) American Jewish History.

(3) Two CSP 18th Year Swag Bags


(1) Supporter level benefits, plus:

(2) Attend, free of charge, ALL one month scholar programs hosted by CSP, including each of the three part class series that will be offered.

(3) Bring up to 2 guests to any local CSP salon/class/speaker series

BENEFACTOR ($1,500):

(1) Sustainer level benefits, plus:

(2) Invitation to attend, at no charge, private meal and event with our 5779 one-month scholar

(3) *Choice of 1 books from Booklist below (please send your choice using our contact form)

PATRON ($1,950)

(1) Benefactor level benefits, plus:

(2) Invitation to attend, at no charge, our 18th Annual Adult Retreat – we will be spending the day the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach with special guest speaker Gil Hovav (Sunday February 10, 2019).

(3) *Choice of two of the books from Booklist below (please send your choice using our contact form)

GOLD PATRON ($2,500)

(1) Patron level benefits, plus:

(2) 1 night at the Montage Resort on Saturday night February 9th or Sunday night February 10th during our 18th Annual Adult Retreat

(3) *Choice of 3 books from Booklist below (please send your choice using our contact form)


(1) Gold Patron level benefits, plus:

(2) 2 nights at the Montage Resort during the weekend of our 18th Annual Adult Retreat

(3) Pastrami and matza ball soup for 4 from Ben’s Kosher Deli in NYC

ENDOWER ($5,000)

(1) Gold Patron level benefits, plus:

(2) Best Seats in the House: preferred, reserved seats at all CSP events.

(3) *Choice of 4 the books/cds from list below (please send your choices using our contact form)


(1) Endower level benefits, plus:

(2) Private cooking program with Jewish celebrity chefs – Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz – for Silver Endower and up to 8 friends (includes signed Gefilteria Manifesto cook-book and CSP apron!)

(3) *Choice of 5 of the books/cds from list below (please send your choice using our contact form)

GOLD ENDOWER ($15,000)

(1) Silver Endower level benefits, plus:

(2) Hip Saturday night in Los Angeles for 4 people, curated, by Leeav Sofer and Mostly Kosher. Includes round-trip limousine service, trendy dinner and mind blowing music experience. Also included, 2 Mostly Kosher t-shirts and a signed photo.

(3) *Choice of 6 of the books/cds from list below (please send your choice using our contact form)


(1) Endower level benefits, plus:

(2) NYC: Curated, 5-day trip to NYC for 2, with private tours by our favorite guides (including: Justin Ferate, Jeffrey Gurock, Marc Michael Epstein, Sharon Keller, Barry Feldman, Marty Shore, David Kalb, David Kaufman, etc.). Includes all programs, hotel in the upper west side, round trip flights, helicopter tour of Manhattan, shows on Broadway and at the Apollo Theater, a private tour of the Met, 2 tickets to Hamilton, dinners at some of the best restaurants in the City and much more!

(3) *Choice of seven of the books from the Booklist below (please send your choice using our contact form)


(1) Endower level benefits, plus:

(2) Israel: Curated, 10-day trip to Israel for 2, includes 5-star hotels, round-trip business class flights, dinners at some of the best restaurants in the country and once-in-a-lifetime CSP experiences such as a Tel Aviv food safari with Israeli celebrity Gil Hovav, home hospitality and dinner with Rachel Korazim in Jaffa, hiking and jeep tour in the Ramon Crater with photographer Udi Goren, foraging with Chef Moshe Basson, coffee with Amos Oz, politics over drinks with Matti Friedman, a night of music with Yossi Klein Halevi, quality time walking the Patriot’s Way with Aryeh Rottenberg, Tel Aviv art gallery tour with Shirel Horowitz, hike in Zichron Yaakov with Yossi Chajes followed by spa treatments at Elma Arts Hotel, lunch and tour at the Baka home of artist Andi Arnovitz, Jerusalem cooking program with Eat & Meet Jerusalem, New Central Bus Station adventure with Heela Harel, and much more!

(3) Naming Rights – 18th Annual One Month Scholar Program

(4) *Choice of 7 items from Booklist below (please send your choice using our contact form)

CSP ENDOWER ($100,000)

(1) Endower level benefits, plus:

(2) Venice, Padua and Florence: You and a guest join Marc Michael Epstein of Vassar College for a spectacular and luxurious 10-day trip to Jewish Italy, including Venice, Padua and Florence (includes 5-star hotels and round-trip business class flights). See Italy as you have never seen it before with a premier guide! The trip will focus on the urban history of the first ghetto ever created, the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, underscoring the wealth of relationships between the Jews and civic society throughout the history of their long residence in the lagoon, in the Veneto, and in Europe and the Mediterranean. It will recount the story of the Ghetto’s settlement, its growth, its architecture, its society, its trades, its daily life, and the relationships between the Jewish minority and the city at large, within the context of its relationships with other Jewish settlements in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Questions of communal identity and cross-cultural identification will be explored, as Venice was a crossroads between Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Levantine and “native Italian” Jewish culture. And material culture will play a crucial role—we’ll discuss everything from the manner in which the unique Jewish silver ceremonial objects created in Venice fuse religious customs and traditions with art, craftsmanship and culture to the ways in which Jews were depicted in art produced for Christians in Venice. And we will explore the extraordinary importance of Jewish printing in the city in which the Talmud— the great corpus of Jewish law and lore, and guide to Jewish life worldwide— was first printed!

Highlights include

A sunset boat excursion introduction to Venice with Dr. Barbara Del Mercato of Beit Venezia, the Venice International Center for Jewish Studies; A walking orientation to the natural and urban landscape of Venice; A private tour of the Jewish Museum and the Scuola Tedesca [German-Ashkenazi Synagogue], the Scuola Spagnola [Spanish and Portugese-Western Sephardi Synagogue], the Scuola Italiana [Italian Synagogue], the Scuola Canton [“Corner” Synagogue, known by location rather than community, but serving Ashkenazim mostly.] with Professor Epstein; A conversation about the Jewish Community and the Ghetto, its culture and literature, with Professor Shaul Bassi, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; An exclusive tour of the Doge’s Palace and Basilica of San Marco, its Treasury, the Golden Altar of San Marco and the Cathedral Museum with a gifted archaeologist; Shabbat services in the Scuola Levantina [Levantine-Ottoman Turkish Synagogue] which can only be seen during services; Shabbat Dinner together with members of the Venice Community including Chief Rabbi Babout, his wife Lenore Rosenberg (USA) and local community leaders; An amazing guided tour by Professor Epstein to the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia; Rare in-depth exploration of the Lido Jewish Cemetery with retired sea captain and head of the Jewish Burial Society Mr. Aldo Izzo; Tour of Shakespeare’s Venice with Professor Shaul Bassi; In addition, we will travel to see Padova’s magnificent Scrovegni Chapel, with frescos by Giotto; The Padova visit will include a visit to Padova’s rarely seen Jewish Cemetery, Synagogue and Museum, with tour by Dr. Simonetta Lazzaretto; We will also visit Florence, where Professor Epstein will guide us on a visit to the Uffizi Museum, Synagogue and Jewish Museum, as well as the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, (Michelangelo’s David) and the Church of Santa Maria Novella.

(3) Naming Rights – CSP 18th Year of Programs

(4) *Choice of 7 items from Booklist below (please send your choice using our contact form)

*Additional benefits, choose from signed copies of:

  1. Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People – Deborah Dash Moore
  2. Who Will Lead Us?: The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America – Samuel Heilman
  3. Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom – Ariel Burger
  4. Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity – David Kaufman
  5. Candies from Heaven – Gil Hovav
  6. Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul – Naomi Levy
  7. The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community – Jeffery Gurock
  8. The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History – Paul Mendes-Flohr
  9. California Jews (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life)– Marc Dollinger
  10. The Secrets of Jewish NYC – Oscar Israelowitz

Please contribute either by check made payable to CSP and send to: 5 Klamath, Irvine, CA 92612, or by credit card on this site by using the “Donation” button.
Membership Levels are per household, maximum 2 persons

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