Tzedakah is crucial, but no less crucial are g'milut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, and personal service. The High Holy Day prayer book tells us that these are the things that changes our "decree" for the New Year. When you offer your time and talent to the CBI community, the community is enriched by your caring presence, and you are enriched through new friendships and a deepened sense of community.
With our website, we hope that you'll find ways to support CBI, not only with donations, but with the donation of your time. Browse through the site, see what interests you and let us know how you want to be involved.
About the Burn the Mortgage Campaign
As part of the expansion of the Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) educational facilities in 2000, we incurred a mortgage. The current balance on the mortgage is approximately $1.35 million. Although we have negotiated favorable terms and the debt service is currently manageable within our budget, the current mortgage payments prevent us from adding to the educational programming and services available at CBI. Two years ago, the president of CBI asked a group of people to create a plan to retire the debt once and for all. This led to the formation of the Fund the Future Foundation with a goal of not only burning the mortgage, but also ensuring the financial future of CBI. Donations can be made at www.cbiburnthemortgage.org.
The Shirley Barish Learning Center is a reality due to our members' generosity. It is more than just a building; it is a home for Jewish learning - for adults and children - that will touch the lives of thousands of Reform Jews for at least a half century to come.
The building contains three stories including nearly 39,000 square feet. The Child Development Center, licensed for 85 children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years, occupies the first floor. The second and third floors are used primarily for religious and Hebrew school. There are 29 classrooms for pre-school through 12th grade, as well as Computer, Art and Music Rooms and a Youth Lounge. The clergy office suite is on the second floor, and a spacious library is on the third.
Although construction is complete and the building is in use, our fundraising efforts are unfinished. To date, we have raised $7.6 million of the $9 million construction costs. We ask Congregation members to be as generous as possible when making pledges, which can be paid over a five-year period.
The staff and board of trustees of Congregation Beth Israel are always looking for additional assistance in implementing our strategic plan, performing the every day and special activities at CBI.