Special Funds

It is a Jewish tradition to perform Tzedakah (charitable contributions) in times of joy or sorrow. You may, if you wish, make a donation to one of following funds:

Annual Appeal: Donations to the Annual Appeal enable us to provide the diversity and quality of programs we cherish, and ensure that Beth El remains welcoming to all who wish to join us.

General Fund: Donations to the fund are used to support the on-going programs, activities and services of the congregation.

Arjmand Adult Education Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the Adult Education Committee to support classes, lectures and other adult education activities at Beth El.

Bar Lev Landscape Fund: The Bar Lev Landscape Fund was established in 2005 to help enhance the natural beauty in and around Congregation Beth El’s campus, grounds and gardens.

Max Blachman Emergency Fund: Interest from donations to this fund, named in memory of a founder of Beth El, are allocated by the Trustees to meet unexpected, emergency financial needs of Beth El, and replenish emergency supplies and materials.

B’nai Mitzvah Tzedakah Fund: Donations to this fund are made each year by our B’nai Mitzvah students and their families and are allocated at their request to support and enhance ritual and worship at Beth El.

Building Fund: Donations to this fund will help to pay for and maintain the new home for Beth El.

Camp Kee Tov Scholarship Fund: Donations to the fund are used to subsidize camperships at Camp Kee Tov for Beth El members in financial need.

Chevra Kadisha Fund: Donations to the fund help support the Beth El Chevra Kadisha in its support for mourning families.

Ellen Meyer Childcare Fund: Donations to the fund, named in memory of a founder of Beth El, are used to pay for childcare at synagogue events.

David Cotton Camp Swig/Newman Fund: Donations to the fund, named in memory of a young member of Beth El, are used to provide camperships at local URJ camps for children of Beth El members in financial need.

Endowment Fund & Ruth Fisher Trustees Discretionary Fund: Investment earnings from Beth El’s permanent endowment are allocated by the Trustees, at their discretion, to support Beth El’s financial and programming needs.

Sydie Freed Flower Fund: Donations to this fund, named in memory of Sydie Freed, a Beth El charter member, are used to pay for flowers at synagogue events.

Homeless Meal Fund: Donations to the fund are used to support Beth El’s monthly homeless meal program.

Israel Scholarship Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the Rabbi and used to subsidize participation by teenage members of the congregation in organized, group trips to Israel.

Marian Magid Memorial: This fund established in memory of Past President Marian Magid is used to support the on-going programs, activities and services of the congregation.

Men’s Club: Donations to the fund are allocated at the discretion of the Beth El’s Men’s club and are used to support the activities of the Men’s club at Beth El.

Mitzvah Committee Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the Mitzvah Committee and used to help purchase meals or flowers for congregants who are ill or disabled. The Mitzvah Committee also provides meals for the family and friends of a bereaved family after the memorial service.

Music Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated at the discretion of the Cantor and are used to support musical events at Beth El.

Nursery School Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the Nursery School Director and/or the Nursery School Committee in their sole discretion to support the congregation’s Nursery School, and to provide scholarships to Beth El Nursery School member families with special financial needs.

Oneg Shabbat/Kiddush Fund: Donations to the fund are used to provide refreshments following Friday evening and Saturday morning services.

Aaron Plishner Children’s Library Fund: Donations to the fund, named in memory of a Beth El teenager, are allocated by the Library Committee and used to purchase children’s books for the Beth El library.

Prayer Book/Pentateuch Fund: Donations to the fund are used to purchase prayer books (siddurim) and Torah commentary (chumashim) for the sanctuary. A bookplate to commemorate the donor, honoree or specified occasion will be added to the front of the book for a minimum donation of $75 for a chumash and $50 for a siddur.

Rabbi Yoel Kahn’s Discretionary Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the synagogue’s Rabbi to charitable or congregational purposes in the Rabbi’s sole discretion. Donors frequently contribute to this fund in appreciation of services the Rabbi has performed, such as officiating at a wedding or funeral, or assisting with bar/bat mitzvah training.

Rabbi Emeritus Ferenc Raj’s Discretionary Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the synagogue’s Rabbi Emeritus to charitable or congregational purposes in the Rabbi Emeritus' sole discretion. Donors frequently contribute to this fund in appreciation of services the Rabbi Emeritus has performed, such as officiating at a wedding or funeral, or assisting with bar/bat mitzvah training.

Rabbi Vida Library Fund: Donations to the fund, named in memory of Rabbi Vida, are allocated by the Library Committee and used to purchase books for the Beth El library.

Youth and Family Education Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the Education Director and/or the Youth and Family Education Committee in their sole discretion to support the congregation’s School and to subsidize participation for Beth El students and families with special financial needs.

Social Action Committee Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the Social Action Committee and used to support the Committee's community outreach efforts, such as Mitzvah Day, the annual turkey and food bank drives, and support of local homeless organizations.

Youth Group Fund: Donations to the fund are allocated by the Youth Committee in their sole discretion to support the congregation’s Youth groups.