Other Giving Opportunities

Annual Fundraiser: The Annual Fundraiser is the main fundraiser of the year. The goal is to have a strong social component to the event so that we attract a lot of people and have fun together. In the past these fundraisers have included silent auctions, live auctions, Simchat Rav, B’nai Stay at Home!, B’nai Relay, and the list goes on. Each family will be contacted.

ARZA Dues: The Association of Reform Zionists of America is an affiliate of the Union                         for Reform Judaism. All funds collected are sent to ARZA. Visit the ARZA website for more information.

ChaiLites and Directory Advertising: There are opportunities to advertise in the eChaiLites newsletter and the directory of members. Please email advertising@templebnaichaim.org for more information.

Donations: Temple B’nai Chaim welcomes all donations. Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one and the family will be notified. In addition to the operating fund, the congregation has established a number of restricted funds. Click here to direct a donation to any of these funds.

Operating Fund Unrestricted and used for the operations of the congregation.

Bimah / Sanctuary Fund For the enrichment of the Bimah and sanctuary.

Cantor’s Discretionary Fund As determined in the Cantor’s sole discretion.

Capital Fund To support the capital needs of the congregation.

Carol Metzger Children’s Library Fund Named in memory of our beloved former member, friend and teacher. This fund is for the continued enrichment of the children’s library.

Chesed Fund To help our members in unique times of need.

Education Director’s Discretionary Fund As determined in the Education Director’s sole discretion.

Endowment Fund Endowment income is used to sustain general operations. There is also the opportunity to begin a new restricted endowment.

Greening Fund To beautify and plant the Temple grounds.

Jewish Continuity Fund Continuing the traditions of Judaism through educational and camp scholarships.

Kadima Fund To honor children with all types of learning styles through Jewish education.

Library Fund There is nothing more uniquely characteristic of Jewish life than the great love of learning and books. That our library may continue to grow, and its volumes be a source of joy in study, prayer and knowledge.

Office / Technology Fund For office furnishings and equipment.

Prayer Book Fund To purchase, repair and print prayer books.

Rabbi Cohen Torah Fund Named in honor of former Rabbi Leah Cohen for the restoration and repair of our Torahs.

Rabbi Lippman Kesher Fund Named in memory of Rabbi Charles Lippman, this fund is to respond with kindness, caring and goodness of heart to our congregant families when they are at a time of need or sorrow.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund As determined in the Rabbi’s sole discretion.

Religious School and PTO Funds To improve and enrich our children’s education.

Ritual Fund To enrich our worship.

Shalom Rav Fund Celebrating the joy of music, that the sanctuary is filled with the beauty of melody, harmony and song.

Sisterhood Fund Directed by Sisterhood.

Rabbi Cohen Torah Fund For the restoration and repair of our Torahs.

Tzedakah Funds Donations are collected and directed to charity.

Youth Funds For the enrichment of Jewish life for the youth of our congregation.

Dues – Be a Mensch: Mensch: “someone to admire and emulate; someone of noble character. The key to being “a real mensch” is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous”. Leo Rosten, The Joys of Yiddish (1968). Please be a Mensch, Benefactor, Fair Share or Chai Society member if you have the financial means to do so. By doing so, you are performing a mitzvah by helping to cover the costs for those members of our community who have severe financial difficulties.

Endowment: Endowment gifts are truly special. You may make a one-time gift, a recurring gift, or many used planned giving as a way to build our endowment. There is also an option to begin a new restricted endowment. Please email president@templebnaichaim.org if you would like more information or are considering making a contribution to our endowment fund.

Fundraising: There are various fundraisers each year such as a book fair or candy, wrapping paper and Hanukah bag sales. Each family will be contacted.

Planned Giving: A gift made through one’s estate plan or will is a prudent and thoughtful way of providing for the future of Temple B’nai Chaim. You may be able to maximize a charitable gift by minimizing the after-tax cost while securing allowable benefits for you and your family. Two convenient ways to support Temple B’nai Chaim through a legacy gift are to name the temple as a beneficiary on an insurance policy and to include Temple B’nai Chaim in your will. Please email president@templebnaichaim.org if you would like more information about planned giving options.

Shabbat Flower / Oneg Donation: A wonderful way of celebrating special family simchas, such as birthdays and anniversaries is by sharing your nachas with the entire congregation and sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat for the Friday of your special week. We do all the baking and setting up, all you do is send a minimum donation of $125 for the Oneg. If you would like to sponsor an Oneg Shabbat or flowers, please email the office at officeadmin@templebnaichaim.org and we will contact you about the cost of the flowers and scheduling your special Shabbat.

URJ Reform Israel Appeal: The Union for Reform Judaism Reform Israel Appeal supporting the growing Reform Movement in Israel. The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, through its 30 congregations and a growing network of schools, educational and community centers, offers immigrants and native Israelis a modern approach to Judaism. The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute offers both degree-granting and informal programs, while the Israel Religious Action Center advocates for the rights of all Israel’s citizens. All funds collected are sent to the URJ. Visit the URJ website donation page for more information and other URJ donation opportunities.