Here is a list of the various funds at Temple Beth El. We welcome your support of the temple through any one of our specific funds. All donations are listed in the monthly bulletin. If you would like to make a donation, please print out the DONATION FORM and send it along with your check to Temple Beth El, 1836 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster PA 17601. For more information about a specific fund, call the temple office at (717) 581-7891.
Sisterhood Fund – Cards are sent for any occasion such as birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, get well, wedding, in memory, celebration, recognition, death, and friendship. All proceeds help fund Sisterhood projects including bereavement meals, Scholar in Residence, Temple kitchen, speaker brunches, as well as social and religious events.
$3.25 per card
Torah Fund – The Torah Fund Campaign of Women’s League supports The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, CA) and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem). Funds raised by Torah Fund go toward scholarships to all the schools.
$4.00 for Standard card; $18.00 for Special card; $180.00 for Donor pin (pendant)
Tree of Life – What a wonderful opportunity to recognize a special family occasion, such as a birth, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, graduation, wedding or landmark anniversary. You may also donate a leaf to recognize a special member of the congregation. You may purchase the leaf yourself, or as a group.
$100.00 per leaf
Religious School Fund – Help support our religious school and its various programs for our students by donating to this fund.
$18.00 minimum per card
TEMPLE BETH EL LIBRARY
Library Fund – Our Temple lending library caters to the needs of young and adult alike. Contributions to the Library Fund help keep our collection current and well-maintained.
$3.50 per card; you may donate a book for $25
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund*
Yahrzeit Fund* – Our tradition encourages a contribution of tzedakah in memory of a person whose Yahrzeit is being observed. Many congregants contribute to the Temple Beth El Yahrzeit Fund, which is used for ritual purposes.
USY/Kadima Youth Group Fund*
Prayer Book Fund – You may purchase a prayer book, an Etz Hayim, which includes the weekly Torah and Haftorah portions or a High Holiday Mahzor. Your donation will be printed on the inside cover of the book you have purchased in honor or in memory of the specific person named.
- Siddur – $25.00
- Etz Hayim – $60.00
- Mahzor Lev Shalem – $30
Oneg/Kiddush Sponsorship – Do you have a wedding, anniversary or birthday approaching? This is a great way to share your simcha with the congregation. You can sponsor the Oneg and Kiddush on a specific weekend or serve as a monthly sponsor for an entire month. Your sponsorship will be announced from the bima for the occasion.
- Weekend Sponsor – $60
- Monthly sponsor – $100
*No Set Price
You may also want to consider another way to support Temple Beth El:
Fund for the Future is an ongoing campaign that was created to continue what we started when we built our wonderful new home, and to help ensure our future financial security.
The key goals of the campaign are:
- To build the Temple’s endowment and reserve fund. Our goal is to raise $1.5 million for the Fund for the Future. Each year, a portion of the earnings from this reserve fund provides support for our religious school, Temple programs and operations, and capital improvements. The balance will grow the reserve and provide protection against inflation and economic ups and downs.
- Enhance our building. In addition, a portion of the money we raise during this campaign will be used to enhance our building. The first priority, creating new Torah covers and an ark curtain, has already been completed. Two additional priorities include stained glass for the four tall “towers” on the bimah, and an extension of the portico at the main entrance to provide sheltered drop-off and pick-up. In keeping with our practice of financial responsibility, only 10-20% of the funds raised will be used for these capital improvements.