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. Each contribution is a blessing for which we are grateful. Beth El is a 501c3 organization.

Beth El General Fund

A donation fund for 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 Beth El Fund For the Future: Established to preserve Congregation Beth El as a place for Jewish worship and learning and to ensure the financial viability and stability of the congregation. To promote the enrichment and vitality of programs at Congregation Beth El.

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:  The Tzedek Scholarship Fund provides financial support to deserving first generation immigrant students at Framingham State University who demonstrate financial need and academic promise and who have completed at least one semester at FSU.

Beth Elders Activities Fund: 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.

Beth El College Fund: To support the purchase of Jewish holiday packages for our college students.

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.

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.

HiBur Scholarship Fund: To provide scholarships for Beth El students taking part in the HiBur Program.

Israel/Camp Youth Scholarship Fund: To provide scholarships to send youths to Israel and to Jewish summer camps.

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.

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

Sanctuary Project: To provide food and living needs assistance to and advocacy for vulnerable immigrants in our community.

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

Youth and Family Education Fund: To provide scholarship assistance for students who cannot afford to attend special school programs; to purchase “extras” for the school.

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