At Beth El Synagogue, your support matters! Our synagogue community is sustained almost entirely by program fees and charitable gifts. Donations support our efforts to be a warm and welcoming home, a home that binds one to generation another, a home patterned on the rituals and rhythms of Jewish life that bring meaning and beauty to our lives and holiness to our world.
This year, we are proud to share our new Yizkor Memorial Room that will live on our website long past these High Holy Days. Because Judaism believes in the immortality of the soul, Yizkor gives each of us the opportunity to reflect on the people who made a difference in our lives and left a mark on our hearts. This Yizkor Memorial Room is a sacred space that invites us to remember and share. It is place where children remember parents, spouses remember soulmates, and parents remember children – a place where we remember siblings, grandparents, relatives and friends. And it is portal from which we share their picture, their lessons, their story, with family and community.
There is a longstanding Jewish tradition to give tzedakah on Yizkor and Yahrziet days. By making a tribute in memory of our loved ones, we affirm their values, we continue their lives. We bring goodness to the world as we say, “ziknronam livrakha,”their memory is a blessing.
We look forward to opening the Yizkor Memorial Room in the coming days.
In addition to your Yizkor tribute, as we enter a New Year, we ask that you consider a gift to sustain your Beth El home. We invite you to join our community of givers. Gifts of all amounts are appreciated!
Yom Kippur Food Drive
Things at STEP have changed a lot. To ensure the safety of our community, our clients and our staff, we’ve made necessary modifications to our operations. STEP has reduced volunteers on site from 120 each week to about twelve. Only half of STEP’s employees can be in the building at any given time. STEP’s food program has been converted from a choice in-person shopping model to customizable prepacked bags that clients pick up outside the building. STEP has really heightened our focus on food and homelessness prevention in response and in anticipation of economic effects from the pandemic.
Given the modifications to daily operations, this year’s Yom Kippur Food Drive will be virtual – STEP is asking for monetary donations to support this year’s Food Drive.
Did you know that it costs STEP $180 to feed a family of 4 per month? And the need is now greater than ever!