Reducing the Price of Your Dinner for OJC Gala

We all know the price of admission to the OJC Journal Dinner Community Gala is on the expensive side. But we also know that money goes to support OJC and all of the great programs and services we provide our community.

To attend the dinner, it is $180 per person or $360 per couple.

Since the main purpose of the event is to bring in as many donations to OJC as possible, we’ve come up with some simple ways to help you raise that money so you don’t have to pay for it all by yourself. The truth of the matter is, if you can get other people to help pay for your cost of admission, your actual cost goes down, but OJC still wins! For instance, if you as a couple ($360) bring in $300 from other sources, then you only need to pay $60 for a fancy dinner for two. If you are able to raise the entire amount from outside sources, you can even attend for free! But we are hoping everyone will give what they are able to because it will show the commitment and support our community has for OJC.

This year we especially are looking to have new people and members attend so we’ve come up with some ideas to help you reduce your own cost to attend. You can choose your level of comfort with raising and asking people for money. We will try to support you any way we can.


Talk to people you know:

  •  Ask friends and family members for a little help. Maybe parents, grandparents, siblings, good friends would be willing to chip in.  $50 from four of them totals $200–more than admission for one person.
  • Post it on Facebook or Twitter to see if your friends will help you pay for a nice dinner out (hey, you never know!).
  • Ask your employer if they would want to place an ad. They might support you and OJC at the same time.
  • Ask friends and family who run a business. How about your accountant? Your handyman? Your dentist or doctor? They have a chance to reach the Oceanside community and you can save a lot of money and maybe end up with a free dinner.
  • Ask local businesses you frequent in your neighborhood. A $180 ad to them will not be as big a deal to them as it is to us. They can even place a $50 ad and be listed as a “Friend of OJC.”


Talk to people you don’t know:

  • Ask businesses in your neighborhood to place an ad. You can use the text below for an email or letter or for when you walk in.


Links to Share

Here is last year’s Journal so people can see a sample.

Share ad samples from last year including the special Sample Ad Slideshow we created to showcase the different ad opportunities.


Template for email or letter:

Dear {Name},

I hope you are well. I am reaching out to you because my synagogue is conducting a fundraiser to honor our our President, Ian Brecher and his wife, Sisterhood President and Past Woman of Valor, Marcia Brecher for all the work they do in our community. We would like to see if you want to place an ad in our online directory.

For $360, you would have a full page ad (a half page ad is $180) that could have any imagery and text you want. This ad would appear in a presentation that will be displayed to all attendees and given out as a CD with the PDF of the directory given to all attendees, shared with all members of the Oceanside Jewish Center community and posted on our website.

If you would like more information or would like to see samples, please visit our website at You can also order your ad online directly from there as well. Please be sure to include {insert your name} in the Solicited By field when you order.

Thank you for your consideration and we really appreciate any support you can provide us.


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