for more information. Also see the Gan Avraham Preschool page on this website.
Purim Mitzvah Fundraiser-Mishloach Manot
One of the many mitzvot for the holiday of Purim is “Mishloach Manot,” or the sending of gifts of food to friends. As it says in the megillah, “They were to observe them as days o feasting and gladness, and as time for sending gifts to one another, and to the poor.” Esther 9:22
Mishloach Manot, traditionally given out on the day of Purim, is a special way to enhance the holiday. The Parents of Bet Sefer (PBS) and Gan Avraham Parents (GAP) are once again offering you a wonderful way to send Mishloach Manot. For Purim 5774 we are preparing a kosher package filled with tasty sweets and snacks for you to send to your fellow congregants in your name.
In keeping with the Jewish tradition of giving to charity on Purim, mattanot le evyonim, a percentage of our income will go to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. The rest goes directly to Gan Avraham and Bet Sefer for enrichment and youth-education programs.
Here’s how it works:
Mark each family or staff member on the enclosed list that you would like to honor with a delivery of Mishloach Manot.
Make a check out to Temple Beth Abraham in the amount of $10.00 for each individual family or staff member selected and $50.00 for each group (staff, teachers, college students) selected, or $400.00 for EVERYONE (that’s over 600 baskets).
Is there someone special you’d like to honor who isn’t a member of TBA? You can order additional “baskets” for family and friends who are not members of TBA for $20.00 each. They will be delivered to your home with a beautiful card that you can personalize.
Return the list and the check to the TBA office no later than February 28, 2014. Make sure you fill out the order form on the back page (don’t forget to include your name) and return BOTH pages of the list.
We will deliver the Mishloach Manot basket on Sunday, March 16th.
If you have any questions about this fun, delicious, charitable mitzvah, please contact:
Costumes, Hamantashen, TBA Band and special songs for this Holiday Service
Service begins at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary
TBA General Fund
The General Fund was established to accept donations that will directly impact the General Budget of the congregation. Donations to this fund support TBA’s day-to-day operations including; the programs of Bet Sefer, Gan Avraham, synagogue salaries, and buildings and grounds,, membership outreach, our efforts in Tikkun Olam, Adult Education and religious observance programs.
Leonard Quittman Endowment Fund
This fund was established in 1976 to ensure the long-term financial health and stability of TBA. It is funded primarily through the annual High Holy Day Appeal, bequests and special lifetime gifts. This fund is administered by the Board of Trustees and all money is held separately from the general accounts of TBA.
The Endowment Fund historically is managed for the synagogue’s financial future and provides income that can be made available to fund special initiatives, especially those directed at the congregation’s long-term growth and stability, meet unforeseen emergencies, and support the synagogue’s current needs. This fund was renamed in 2003 to honor Leonard Quittman (of blessed memory) for his tireless efforts in creating this fund to ensure that TBA survived for future generations.
Rabbi Bloom Discretionary Fund
Donations to this fund are used to support the community of TBA and the greater Jewish community at the discretion of Rabbi Bloom.
Cantor Discretionary Music Fund
Donations to this fund are used by the Cantor to provide musical and liturgical programming for the synagogue. Funds are disbursed at the discretion of the Cantor.
Bet Sefer Discretionary Fund
Donations to this fund are disbursed by the Education Director. Funds are Funds are used to support the programs at the Bet Sefer.
Gan Avraham Discretionary Fund
Donations to this fund are disbursed by the Gan Avraham Director. Funds are used for the support of the Gan Avraham program.
Donations to this fund are used to subsidize our unsponsored weekly Kiddush Luncheons that are shared by the congregation after Shabbat morning services.
Morning Minyan Fund
Donations to this fund support the morning minyan by providing additional prayerbooks and breakfast for those attending minyan. The minyan fund has sponsored various Shabbat morning Kiddush luncheons and the Break-the-Fast oneg at the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
Building Fund - Next Big Thing - Courtyard Challenge Fund
Donations to the fund are being used toward the next capital improvement on the TBA Campus. Currently, we are working on the NEXT BIG THING- this will include the demolition of the house at 333 MacArthur, replace with a courtyard that will connect to a build out of the Social Hall. This project will unify the campus and allow ADA access through out.
Donations to this fund assist in purchasing prayerbooks, chumashim and machzorim for the congregation.
This fund provides scholarships to students whose families are in financial need, to attend Jewish camps or schools. Grants from this fund are awarded by the Rabbi of the congregation.
Yom HaShoah Fund:
This fund was established in memory of loved ones whose lives were cut short in the Holocaust. This fund supports educational programming relating to the Shoah at Temple Beth Abraham and throughout the community, including the annual East Bay Yom HaShoah commemoration.
Jack and Mary Berger Fund:
Education of young people was of paramount importance to Mary and Jack Berger. This fund was established to foster the love of learning.
Celia and Morris Davis Hunger Fund:
Celia and Morris Davis were founding members of Temple Beth Abraham and welcomed people into their home as well as the synagogue. They were known throughout the community for their kindness in assisting those in need. In memory of their generosity of spirit, this fund was established to help feed hungry and needy people in the community in which the Congregation is located.
Herman Hertz Israel Scholarship Fund:
In honor of the Herman Hertz Family commitment to both Israel and Education, this fund provides scholarships to TBA graduates who have completed either 4 years of classes in the TBA Teen programs or who have celebrated their Bar or Bat Mitzvah in the synagogue. A scholarship is offered to assist in the travel to or live in Israel for a period of time.
Mollie Hertz Interfaith Outreach Fund:
This fund was established to honor Mollie Hertz and her efforts to welcome and include all people who are “Karov Yisrael” (one who is close to Israel) into the Temple Beth Abraham community. The purpose of this fund is to support the efforts of spouses and partners of Temple Beth Abraham members to increase their knowledge and appreciation of Judaism, and to reach out to other individuals who wish to learn more about Judaism.
Jeanette Jeger Kitchen Fund:
This fund was set up by Jack Jeger in memory of Jeanette Jeger who spent much of her time in the kitchen preparing a meal for the members of TBA. The proceeds of this fund will be used for the sole purpose of improving the kitchen of TBA.
Danielle and Deren Rehr-Davis Teen Fund:
The purpose of this fund is to sponsor or support activities for the benefit of persons between ages of 14 to 20 who are members of TBA, and of other Jewish persons ages 14 to 20 in the local community. For example , distributions may be made for expenditures relating to: Congregation-sponsored programming and functions designed for teens; security for teens participating in Congregation or community sponsored events; dances; guest speakers; Shabbat Kiddush gatherings; outings; programs to foster the health and well-being of teens; services in support of disabled teens; support for B’nai Brith Youth Organization functions; support for confirmation classes and/or ceremonies; support for brother/sister programs with other synagogues; assistance for foreign exchange students.
Harold Rubel Memorial Music Fund:
Harold Rubel had a love of music. He sang in his synagogue choir in New York and organized cantorial concerts for his community. This fund was established in Harold’s memory to foster a love of music in the Temple Beth Abraham community.
Rosebud and Ben Silver Library Fund:
Ben and Rosebud Silver were dedicated to learning through literature. This fund was established to further the ideals of literacy by creating and maintaining the synagogue’s library and religious texts.
Sam Silver Playground Fund:
Sam Silver adored children and as a testament to this love the family of Sam Silver established this fund. This fund maintains and improves our TBA playground for use by both children of TBA and Gan Avraham students.
Leo and Helen Wasserman Educational/Cultural Fund:
Leo and Helen Wasserman were great leaders of our congregation and community. Helen was president of many organizations. Leo was president of Temple Beth Abraham and served on many community boards. The Wasserman’s established this fund to underwrite special educational and cultural events at Temple Beth Abraham.
It would be an honor to establish a new fund in honor or in memory of a loved one. Simply contact the Rabbi or the Executive Director for details.
Every 4th Sunday of the month, join with 8 TBA volunteers to feed the hungry thru CityTeam. Contact Rachel Dornhelm to reserve your spot!