Opportunities for Giving

Tzedakah (righteous giving) is equal in importance to all the other commandments combined.

Babylonian Talmud

Opportunities for giving at Congregation Beth El encompass contributions to our endowment funds, our special-occasion donation funds, and our general fund. Our donors’ generosity enables us to provide special programs and services that help our members deepen their identities as Jews.

Donations are often made in someone’s memory, in honor of a birth, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a wedding or a Siyyum graduate (religious high school graduate). We also give to acknowledge major accomplishments or to express appreciation of our Rabbi and Cantor. Each gift to Beth El’s funds, regardless of size, makes a difference. Each contribution is a blessing for which we are grateful.

Below is a list of opportunities for donating to our congregation.

 

Beth El Unrestricted: Unrestricted gifts to the congregation.

ENDOWED FUNDS

The Beth El Fund For Jewish Education & Culture: Established to enrich and expand educational and cultural offerings through lectures, classes, fine arts performances and workshops.

The Carob Tree: Established to enhance the culture of giving at Congregation Beth El. The earnings derived from gifts are used to keep Beth El vibrant and strong by preserving the financial viability and stability of the congregation.

SPECIAL FUNDS

Adult Education: To support courses, teachers and speakers beyond the Talmud Torah (Adult Ed) budget and to provide scholarships for tuition-based courses.

Beth El Tzedek Scholarship Fund:  Distributes college scholarships to financially needy and deserving immigrant students.

 Beth Elders Activities: To support a variety of programs organized by the Beth Elders for the Beth El community.

Building Enhancement & Repairs: To repair and enhance the building facilities.

Cantor’s Discretionary Fund: To enhance the musical life of the congregation.

Garden of the Generations: To provide plants and shrubs for the beautification of the grounds around our building and to provide for the maintenance of our landscaping.

Library: To augment our book and magazine collections.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund: Funds held by the Rabbi to be dispersed as he/she sees a need.

Religious School Fund: To provide scholarship assistance for students who cannot afford to attend special school programs; to purchase “extras” for the school.

Ritual and Ceremonial Objects: To acquire and maintain articles such as prayer books, Torah coverings, Torah silver, etc.

Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) Fund: To provide social justice programs that help to keep our commitment as Jews to “heal the world.”

Hevra Mishpacha (Caring Community): To enable us to help members with personal or family needs, including such unexpected problems as illness, disability or difficult life events.

Youth Fund: To provide funding for teens to attend retreats, regional events and trips to Israel.

 

 

Growing up with a Jewish identity, but no Jewish education, I never would have guessed that I would one day feel so at home at Beth El and call it 'my shul'.
— Steve B