Tzedakah in Hebrew means “justice.” Donating time and money to Beth Israel Congregation is an act of tzedakah. It is a chance to impact another life, be a leader, leave a legacy, honor or memorialize a loved one, or simply find fulfillment in your own life.
When you support Beth Israel, you are engaged in sacred, creative, inspiring, and challenging efforts that will:
deepen the Jewish lives of children and adults
maintain access to professional clergy and teachers for the midcoast Maine Jewish community
create a sense of community for each of us
support the poor in our community
educate and shape the future
enrich your life
Beth Israel rests on a solid foundation of worship, study, social justice, and community. It is the challenge of our generation to preserve and strengthen what past generations have built.
Beth Israel is here all year round, providing an open door for all during High Holidays and throughout the year. Membership dues do not cover the full cost of Beth Israel’s operations. Donations to the general fund ensure that we can meet our budgetary responsibilities from salaries to building maintenance.
Consider giving throughout the year and throughout your lifetime for a variety of occasions and with a multitude of goals. A gift to Beth Israel Congregation is a chance to impact another life, be a leader, leave a legacy, honor or memorialize a friend or loved one, or simply gain that good feeling of knowing you are supporting an important institution in our community.
Making a tax-deductible gift is easy. If you would like to make a contribution using a credit card, just click on the buttons below, and you will be taken through the quick and secure process.
To make a gift using a check or cash, please send it to:
Beth Israel Congregation, PO BOX 244 Bath, ME 04530
If you would like to make a gift of stock or a bequest, please contact the treasurer.
In honoR/memory fund
Honorary Gifts: a wonderful way to celebrate life’s special moments: birth, anniversary, birthday, B'nai Mitzvah, graduation, job well done, or milestone.
Yahrzeit and Memorial Gifts: a meaningful way to show sympathy and remember a loved one or friend.
Your contribution will help us meet the ongoing operational costs for Beth Israel Congregation. We are here for you. Please be here for us.
The ongoing education of our children is a priority. They will be the ones to lead us into Beth Israel’s next one hundred years. This commitment belongs to all of us.
Our buildings provide lovely spaces for worship, education and community gatherings. Providing adequate upkeep, classroom space and handicapped access is a constant financial challenge.
Rabbi's discretionary fund
This fund provides an opportunity to enable the Rabbi to do the work of tzedakah by facilitating a response to requests for aid. The fund is always used to help others in the name of the members who generously donate to it.
Memorial Wall Plaques
Memorializing the names of loved ones expresses gratitude for the gift of their precious lives and hope that their spirits continue to inspire us.
Members can add a plaque with the name of a loved one to the beautiful Memorial Wall at Beth Israel's Synagogue. Please contact Rabbi Vinikoor to arrange for the proper wording on the plaque. The cost of a plaque is $250.
endowment and planned giving
Our endowment was established to preserve and enhance the rich legacy of our congregation by securing vital endowment funds. It provides many ways for congregants to create a permanent legacy that will nourish Jewish life for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and for the generations to come.