Ways of Giving

Thank you for your generosity!

Donate online

or print out this donation form and return it to the synagogue office at 190 Church St.

When using the online system please indicate to which fund you are donating
 
For additional information on Ways of Giving, please contact the office Tuesday through Thursday for further information.

The following list of funds are currently being supported by our members, friends and supporters:

 

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Funds are used solely at the discretion of the Rabbi for charitable purposes, primarily to assist individual, educational and communal needs that may be necessary to be met in a confidential manner or whose needs would bring a benefit unable to be met through other means, or whose purpose would bring benefit to the congregation.

Friends in Kind

A generous donation to Congregation B’nai Israel has been made by members Vicky and Harvey Wright towards the cost of the required renovation of the Auditorium. Please consider joining the Wrights by becoming FRIENDS IN KIND. Donate $250 or any multiple of $250 and your name will be added to theirs on the Auditorium plaque. We hope to raise an additional $15,000 through FRIENDS IN KIND.

Kiddush Fund

Perhaps the most popular of all the various funds, the Kiddush Fund was established to provide for a weekly Kiddush  following our Saturday and most festival morning services, for all members and guests.

Simcha Lunch

Once a month we celebrate the birthdays and wedding anniversaries of our members with a Simcha lunch following Saturday morning services. Donations can be made to sponsor a Simcha Lunch.

Bulletin Sponsor

A monthly bulletin is published and sent out to all members, providing various information and announcements. Donations can be made to sponsor one of the monthly bulletins in honour a special occasion.

Prayer Book Fund

Donations provided for this fund are used for the replacement of the congregation’s old and damaged prayer books.

Torah Fund

Funds are used for the repair and maintenance of the various Torah scrolls used by the Congregation. Congregation B’nai Israel is fortunate to have six Torah scrolls with a couple that are over 100 years old.

Chesed Fund

Chesed is the Hebrew word for “kindness.” It is also commonly translated as “loving-kindness,” or “love.” Chesed is central to Jewish ethics and Jewish theology. This fund will cover the expenses of the Chesed committee which provides our community members with periodic company or support.

Education Fund

Donations are used toward special educational programs for the youth, including grants for students to attend events run by United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Regional Jewish Communities of Ontario and The Jewish Congress.

Tree of Life Fund

The purchase of Plaques or Leaves for the Tree of Life can be made by anyone who wishes to honour someone or for any special occasion. The plaque or leaf is placed on the golden tree situated in the upstairs foyer of the Social Hall. Tree of Life plaques are $720. Leaves are $180 each plus inscription fee.
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Library Fund

Our Synagogue maintains an extensive library for use by our members and their families. New books are constantly being added with funds donated for that purpose.

Handicap Access Fund

A handicap access elevator was installed in the Synagogue several years ago to serve as an aid to those who have difficulties with using the stairs to access all levels of the Synagogue buildings, including the main entrance, the Sanctuary, washrooms and upstairs social hall facilities. The donations from this fund are used to help pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the elevator.

Memorial Book

At certain times of the year, such as at the High Holidays, a special Yom Kippur Memorial book is printed for Yizkor services, and members and others may make donations in memory of their dearly departed family members or friends.

Congregation B’nai Israel Foundation

The Foundation was established to provide funds to the Congregation for its operations as well as for special purposes as bequested by donors through various Planned Giving programs. Please visit the Foundation section of the website to learn more about the nature and purpose of these funds.

Jewish Welfare Fund

The Jewish Welfare Fund of Niagara has been providing assistance since 1972 to members of the Jewish communities of Niagara regardless of their affiliations.The fund’s mission is to provide emergency needs for housing and sustenance.
Please visit their page to make a donation: Jewish Welfare Fund