Your generous contributions help Temple Beth El survive and thrive. We are proud to be the center of Jewish life in Pierce County—your support allows our congregation to continue offering effective educational programs and exciting activities that bring our community together. We have a variety of donation options from which to choose.Gifts to Temple Beth El funds/programs are an important element of temple life, and are acknowledged monthly in our bulletin. You can designate your gift to be in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one or friend, in celebration of a simcha (such as a birth, bris, bar/bat mitzvah, engagement, marriage, retirement, get well, birthday, anniversary, yahrzeit, or an award or other honor), or as a thank you to someone who has helped you or our congregation.
General Fund: To help keep the temple operating.
Building and Building Maintenance Funds: for mortgage payments and capital improvements to our facility. Contributions in the past have gone toward projects like replacing the building’s roof and other major repairs and upgrades.
Special Programs Fund: goes toward projects like bringing a special performer or speaker to town.
Endowment Fund: Temple members may make gifts of $5,000 or higher to this fund. The income from the fund is used to help ensure temple’s future.
Tree of Life Fund: maintained by financial contributions from congregants to honor family members or Temple friends, this fund allows Temple members to recognize important milestones. Donations purchase Leaf, Acorn, or Stone plaques, which are then inscribed and installed on the Tree of Life sculpture in the temple lobby. The Tree of Life was donated by the Fingeroot family.
Gan Fund: this fund helps temple’s Gan preschool program by supplementing Gan tuition payments, and is used to help underwrite operating expenses.
Cantor Fund: this fund provides financial support for music and other music-related items for the cantor and choir for the purpose of enhancing worship within the congregation.
Cantor’s Discretionary Fund: this fund is maintained by contributions from congregants and community members to provide the cantor with a financial source for assisting temple or Tacoma community individuals needing special support. Also serves the purpose of supporting the synagogue and its programs, children of members to attend Jewish camps, retreats, or other Jewish programs, and other charitable organizations.
Music Fund: established by a donation from the Reutlinger family, this fund is supported annually by contributions from temple members. The Reutlinger Music Fund helps to bring exciting Jewish concerts to temple and the Tacoma community.
Rose Sherman Scholarship Fund: this fund was established in 1991 by gifts from the Rose and William Sherman estate. Annual investment income and additional contributions from congregants are used to help families of temple youth requiring financial aid to attend Jewish camps or educational programs.
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund: this fund is maintained by contributions from congregants and community members to provide the rabbi with a financial source for assisting temple or Tacoma community individuals needing special support. Also serves the purpose of supporting the synagogue and its programs, children of members to attend Jewish camps, retreats, or other Jewish programs, and other charitable organizations.
Religious School Fund: Maintained by contributions from congregants and fund raising programs sponsored by Sisterhood, this fund serves the general and special needs of the Temple Beth El religious school.
Reach for the Stars Fund: this fund provides extraordinary, non-budgeted improvements to the quality of religious school education at Temple Beth El.
Rabbi Richard Rosenthal Continuing Jewish Education Fund: this fund supports and encourages educational opportunities that benefit Temple Beth El and the Tacoma Jewish community. Examples include financial support to teachers, students and congregants wishing to extend their expertise in music, art, liturgy, Hebrew, Torah, leadership, and education.
Barde Fund: established by a gift from Warren and Adelyn Barde in 2003, this endowment fund supports temple youth programs. Other members of the community may donate to this fund.
Beautification Fund: this fund underwrites aesthetic improvements to the Temple building, gardens, and grounds.
Tuition Assistance Program: created to allow individuals to contribute to a program that subsidizes the scholarship monies available for our religious school and summer camp programs.