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What will you do to ensure your family name will always be associated with Torah and the mitzvah to secure the Jewish future?”

  • Be a Blessing with a letter you inscribe in our People’s Torah, a new Torah commissioned in honor of our 160th Anniversary.
  • Be a Blessing with a meaningful contribution, as you are able, in honor of Congregation Beth Israel’s 160th year or in honor or memory of a loved one.

In addition to the many opportunities to worship, learn and celebrate together throughout our 160th year, we also have the unique opportunity to participate─ through a personal dedication of a part of our new Torah. A number of giving opportunities have been established for those who are moved to make a monetary gift over the next 1-to-3 years in celebration of Beth Israel’s 160th Anniversary.  Of course, as Beth Israel members and Shlenker School families, we will all participate in scribing – which has no cost for participation.

Our congregation operates annually within a balanced budget, thanks to the generosity and stewardship of committed Temple members who deeply value the contribution Beth Israel has made – and continues to make — to their lives. Beth Israel still faces four critical needs that are imperative in securing our future:

  1. We must retire our long-term debt and eliminate the interest expense from our annual operational budget;
  2. We must purchase the last remaining parcel of land adjoining our Antoine cemetery to allow Beth Israel’s cemetery capacity to fulfill our needs for another 75+ years;
  3. We must fund a critically-needed building maintenance fund for our aging campus infrastructure; and
  4. We must grow our endowment, which by any standard is far too low for a congregation of our size and history, and which our ongoing Ner Tamid legacy giving campaign is looking to substantially increase.

In this, our anniversary year, we have challenged ourselves to raise $5 million – of which approximately $2.5 million has already been donated or pledged.  We are immensely grateful for all those who have seeded this fundraising initiative with their leadership and steadfast loyalty to the benefit of all our Beth Israel families.

Halfway to goal, we believe and trust our 1,600 member families can and will come together, with gifts small and large, to achieve our critical goals.

In honor of this shared expression of financial commitment, all who make a dedication gift of any size will have their names included in our 160th Anniversary permanent recognition that will be recorded in the Temple archives.

Several giving levels exist to allow everyone to contribute in a way that is personally meaningful.  And, each giving level includes the opportunity, among other benefits, to dedicate some part of the new Torah in honor or memory of a loved one or in honor of Beth Israel’s 160th Anniversary.

Not certain which Torah letter or verse to dedicate?  Not to worry.  Our clergy and staff, as well as the Sofer (our commissioned Torah scribe), will help you identify a dedication selection that has special meaning for you or honors a loved one. And if you’d like the Sofer to talk with you about your dedication selection when it’s your turn to scribe, be sure you make your dedication prior to your scribing date.

If, after reviewing the Giving Levels below, you still have questions or wish to speak with someone about your gift, feel free to email us at beablessing@beth-israel.org or call the Temple office at 713.771.6221.

 

Make a Dedication

Or see our Torah Dedication Pledge Form if you prefer to print out and mail.

 

Giving Levels

 

Friends of Congregation Beth Israel

The number 18 is associated with life, because CHAI, meaning life, is spelled with two Hebrew letters, the values of which total 18. Multiples of CHAI are regarded as significant symbols of our hope in life.

Dedication opportunities* at this level:

  • Children & Youth – Any letter in the Torah (excl. first or last letters of each book)   $  18    
  • Adult – Any letter in the Torah (excl. first or last letters of each book)   $  36
  • Any Biblical word or name such as Abraham, Moses, Sarah, Rachel   $180
  • First or last letter of each book (excl. first or last letter of Torah)   $360
  • *Dedications are not “exclusive” – more than one person or family may choose to dedicate the same part of the Torah. 
Partner: $1,800
  • Dedication of a meaningful verse in the Torah
Patron: $3,600
  • Dedication of a brief passage in the Torah
  • A scribed memento on parchment by our Torah scribe
  • Two tickets to 160th Anniversary Rabbi Samuel E. Karff Award event
Supporter: $7,200
  • Dedication of a meaningful prayer in the Torah
  • One Biblical line scribed on parchment paper by our Torah scribe
  • Commemorative certificate suitable for framing
  • Four tickets to 160th Anniversary Rabbi Samuel E. Karff Award event
Cornerstone: $18,000
  • Dedication of a meaningful story in the Torah
  • Session with Torah scribe at Beth Israel with your family to fill in a portion of Torah
  • Professional photograph of family and Beth Israel clergy and Torah scribe
  • Six tickets to 160th Anniversary Rabbi Samuel E. Karff Award event
  • And all other additional amenities and opportunities listed at Supporter level
Champion: $25,000
  • Dedication of a High Holiday or Festival Holiday portion in the Torah
  • Eight tickets to 160th Anniversary Rabbi Samuel E. Karff Award event
  • And all other additional amenities and opportunities listed at Cornerstone level
Preserver: $50,000
  • Dedication of a meaningful portion of the Torah
  • Small-group session with the Torah scribe at Beth Israel during which you and your family will fill in your letter of Torah
  • Professional photograph of family and Beth Israel clergy and Torah scribe
  • Select a personal verse of Torah to be scribed on parchment suitable for framing
  • Keepsake Yad to commemorate “Be a Blessing” campaign
  • Reserved table at 160th Anniversary Rabbi Samuel E. Karff Award event
  • Complimentary invitation(s) to Patron events during 160th Anniversary year
Protector: $100,000
  • Dedication of a meaningful portion of the Torah in consultation with Beth Israel Clergy
  • Private session with Torah scribe for you and your family to fill in a portion of Torah
  • Professional photograph of family and Beth Israel clergy and Torah scribe
  • Inscription of your family name engraved on the Torah Scroll’s ornamental silver
  • Personalized event commemorative suitable for framing
  • Reserved table at 160th Anniversary Rabbi Samuel E. Karff Award event
  • Complimentary invitation(s) to Patron events during 160th Anniversary year
Pillar: $250,000
  • Dedication of a book of Torah or meaningful portion of the Torah in consultation with Beth Israel Clergy
  • Customized educational event(s) during 160th Anniversary year for you and your family
  • Professional photograph of family and Beth Israel clergy and Torah scribe
  • Inscription of your family name engraved on the Torah Scroll’s ornamental silver
  • Personalized event commemorative suitable for framing
  • Reserved sanctuary seating for all 160th Anniversary events
Benefactor: $500,000
  • All of the benefits listed at the Pillar level
  • We will look forward to visiting with you about appropriate, meaningful naming or other recognition opportunities available at the congregation
Guardian: $1,000,000
  • All of the benefits listed at the Benefactor level
  • We will look forward to visiting with you about appropriate, meaningful naming or other recognition opportunities available at the congregation
  • Lifetime “Rabbi’s Table” benefits from the congregation

Make a Dedication

Or see our Torah Dedication Pledge Form if you prefer to print out and mail.

 

Contributions to Congregation Beth Israel are charitable contributions under the Internal Revenue Code and may qualify as deductions.  Please consult with your tax advisor.