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Making a contribution to Temple Beth Am is a wonderful way to honor a loved one's memory, acknowledge a special occasion, or express appreciation or well wishes. With contributions, we participate in tzedakah- derived from the hebrew word meaning "justice" or "righteousness"- and further our mission to build a joyful, spiritual, caring and egalitarian community that helps create a more just world.

There are many philanthropic opportunities to recognize friends, family and loved ones and to support our k'hilah kedosha, our sacred synagogue community. To learn more about them, we invite you to keep reading. For more information, or to set up an individual giving consultation, please contact Rachel Schachter, Director of Development. 

Annual Support

Your Annual Support commitment helps provide the backbone of the temple's operating budget. Those who make an Annual Support commitment beyond the sustaining level help make membership at Temple Beth Am open to all, regardless of financial circumstance. 

Hazonim (Visionaries): $18,000 +
Amundim (Pillars): $10,000 - $17,999
Shomrim (Guardian): $7,500 - $9,999
Giborim (Heroes): $5,000
Bonim (Builders): $3,600 - $4,999

Please contact Rachel Schachter to learn more about raising your Annual Support. 

Nachshon Campaign

Nachshon 3A midrash (Biblical commentary) tells us that Nachshon was the first of the Israelites to step forth into the Sea of Reeds in order to leaour ancestors to the Promised Land, demonstrating courage and leadership. Please demonstrate the faith and initiative of Nachshon to help Temple Beth Am reduce its debt and pave the way for a financially sustainable future.

TBA must refinance its $3.2 million debt on the K’hilah Center by the end of 2017. Our goal is to make a balloon payment of over $1 million, so that we may refinance on more favorable terms and reduce our debt service by over $250,000 each year, which would free up those funds to be used toward more community programming. Please join your fellow congregants in the Race to December 1 and help us raise the remaining sum in order to refinance this December.

If you have not had the chance to participate in a Temple Beth Am capital campaign, your gift of $1,000 or more will be doubled by a group of generous donors. Thanks to their gifts, and due to the interest on our debt service, a match-eligible gift of $1,000 will have a long-term impact of $5,000 on the temple’s finances, freeing up more funds to be used to support our vision and mission.

If you are ready to make your gift today, or for more information about this important campaign, please email Director of Development Rachel Schachter or call at 206-525-0915.


Tribute giving is a traditional way to honor, celebrate, thank or remember others. It is also a way to mark special lifecycle events like births, baby naming, consecration, B'nai Mitzvahs, Covenant Renewal, graduations, engagements, and weddings. We encourage you to learn more about our special funds, and to select the fund that best fits the occasion when you make your gift. If you choose, we will send a card to the honoree, or the family of the individual whose memory you are honoring, notifying them of your gift, omitting the amount, of course. Unless you specify otherwise, your gift will also be recognized in the monthly temple Bulletin.

New named funds may also be created to fund programs or initiatives. Please contact Rachel Schachter for more information on creating a named fund. 

Temple Beth Am members only: please click here to make your gift online via your Chaverware account. Click here to dowload a tribute form, and mail or email your form. For help with tribute giving, please email Sara Bernson

Temple Gala

temple betham love savethedate webEach year, Temple Beth Am members and friends come together to celebrate our community at the Temple's Annual Gala. We gather to enjoy delicious food, bid on unique auction items, and "Raise our Paddles" in support of our community.

This year's Gala will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Our Gala theme,"Love Makes the World Go 'Round," reflects our learning theme for the year - olam hesed yibaneh (the world is built on loving-kindness) - and will feature a menu of food from around the world.

For our 2017 Gala, we had a ton of fun time traveling to the year 1956 - the year that Temple Beth Am was founded - for a Big Jewish Prom. Head to our Flickr page to see our Gala and Gala Photobooth pics.

Major Gifts & Wish List

We are always grateful to receive gifts directed towards temple operations, or to one of our special funds. However, we sometimes have unique needs that cannot be met through these funds and we rely on the support of amazing community members through our Major Gifts and Wish List programs. If you are interested in making a directed gift, please contact Rachel Schachter. Naming opportunities are available.

 Sponsor an Oneg  

Sponsor an OnegSponsoring an oneg is a wonderful way to honor a special person or occasion, or to honor the memory of a loved one. The minimum donation for oneg sponsorship is $100. Temple staff will provide all of the refreshments and take care of the setup, though you may let us know if you would like to supplement the oneg with additional treats. Dates are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your name and reason for your sponsorship will be mentioned at the Shabbat service for the oneg you are sponsoring, and will be listed in our weekly email newsletter.



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