Beth El Funds

Beth El has many funds focused on furthering the education, religious goals, Jewish culture & identity, and well-being of our members and community.

0Donating to a fund is an excellent way to honor a person or occasion, remember a loved one or friend, or simply help further the goal of that fund.  If you would like to start a new fund, please email hidden; JavaScript is required or call (412) 561-1168.  If you would like to support any of these funds below, we welcome and thank you for your donation.  If you would like to make a General Donation to Beth El, without focusing on a particular fund, you may also use the form below.  General Donations will be used towards the shul’s most pressing needs at the time of the donation.

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Religious School Funds

  • Spiegel Religious School Fund for additional religious school programming
  • Pearl Simmons Family Education Fund for family educational Programming
  • Religious School Discretionary Fund:
    for additional enrichment activities for the Religious School.
  • Louis R. Paul Fund for purchase of audio-visual equipment for the Religious School.
  • Milton Lederman Fund awards a Hay class student who has made the greatest progress in the school. Additionally, funds will provide tutoring.
  • Seemen J. Rose Fund awards an outstanding student in the Hay Class.
  • Shirley Stolzer Fund for student education.
  • Brit Kodesh Fund established in honor of Brit Milah and baby namings. Funds are used to provide for youth religious programs.
  • Howard Lazear Fund provides scholarships for needy children in the School to attend special events.

Childrens’ Services Youth Funds

  • Youth Fund provides for youth programming.
  • Ellen Rochelle Rudt Youth Scholarship Fund provides awards to outstanding teenagers to attend USY programs.
  • Stephen J. Cirota Fund for special sessions for youth.

Building Funds

  • Building Fund for building improvements, and repairs.
  • Greening Account Funds go toward the greening of Beth El.
  • Jerome and Joan Finn Family Fund for upkeep of the cemetery.
  • Kitchen Fund to replace needed items in the kitchen.
  • Mollie and Erwin Neuman Fund for Sisterhood Room/Bridal Suite furnishings and upkeep.
  • Michael B. Sufrin Fund undesignated

Endowment Funds

  • Endowment Fund helps ensure Beth El’s future.

Ritual Funds

  • Chapel Fund for needs in the chapel.
  • Prayerbook Fund purchases Siddurim (min donation $30), Etz Hayim (min donation $75), and name plate in book identifies donation.
  • Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund for causes and needs deemed important by the Rabbi.
  • Leizer Balk Fund for the purchase, repair, and upkeep of ritual objects.
  • Cantor Samuel J. Lazier Fund for musical needs of the Congregation.
  • Helene Weinstein Family Crisis Fund to provide assistance for any family crisis such as burial, shiva meals, and expenses for families in need.
  • Maurice Rosenberg Fund for repair of a Torah

Sisterhood Funds

  • Renee Skirboll Memorial Fund of Jewish Enrichment provides funds to be used for programs sponsored by the Conservative movement and administered by Sisterhood.
  • Marianne Zimmt Fund provides scholarships to Beth El teens participating in a USY summer program or a BBYO or Young Judea program that includes an Israel component and is 3+ weeks or longer.
  • Camp Ramah Scholarship administered by Sisterhood to provide funds for children in the religious school for Camp

Library Funds

  • Nan Toder Memorial Fund to help establish a children’s corner of the library
  • Sol Metlin Fund for adult education.
  • Sufrin-Melman-BEST Weekend Fund for BEST Weekend.
  • Anita (Nicky) Gordon Fund to purchase artwork & decorations.
  • David Stahl Memorial Library Fund administered by Sisterhood to purchase books and supplies for the Library.

General Funds

  • General Fund for budget operating expenses.
  • Repair & Maintenance Fund for emergency repairs to the building.
  • First Mondays brought to you by the Beth El Membership Committee and coordinated by Sharon Moskowitz and emceed by Rabbi Alex Greenbaum.

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