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To contribute to the 2022/5783 Annual Appeal, please click here.

To make a pledge to the Annual Appeal that can be paid at a later date, please email our bookkeeper, Esther Goldfeiz, at, or call the office at 410 654-0800.

Annual Appeal

Shalom Congregants,

Who could have imagined the past few years? Many aspects of our lives were turned upside down, or at the very least – paused. Like all synagogues, Beth Israel was not immune. We had to respond and evolve. Thank you for your continued commitment to Beth Israel throughout these challenging times. 

Thanks to you and others, we continue to move forward as a strong, connected community. There is now a reenergized Learning Lab (Hebrew school) geared to today’s young learners, dynamic social action activities for all ages, more “off campus” programming, and expanded Shleimut support services. Be sure to look into our new, compelling adult learning programs. And don’t forget how easy it is to get to know each other with handy name tags available at all services and programs. Plus, Kiddush after services is back!

During this High Holy Day season, we take stock – where we’ve been and where we’re headed. At every step, you and others in the Beth Israel community have stayed true to our mission of welcoming families and individuals to our synagogue – offering a place to worship, learn, socialize, support each other, and grow. Thank you. Whether weekly and holiday religious services, educational and social programs, or social action activities – all bring our community together. 

Beth Israel is your synagogue. That’s why we’re turning to you today. We need you. Please consider a gift to Beth Israel’s Annual Appeal this year. The fact is, operating a synagogue was challenging before the pandemic. Today, with more accessible services and programming coupled with inflation driving up expenses, it’s even more financially difficult.
Member dues cover about half of our operating costs – keeping the lights on, staffing, programs, technology. Rental income from tenants in the back half of our building covers another 15 percent. We count on your donations through the High Holy Day Annual Appeal to fill the gap. Without your support, we simply can’t provide a robust Jewish experience – one built for today’s ever-changing world. 

Please help. Every gift, of any amount, makes a difference. Thank you for all you do for Beth Israel!
Scott Gensler, President

Wed, May 31 2023 11 Sivan 5783