We ask members and non-members to support our community in other special ways because Membership Dues alone are not sufficient for any synagogue to cover the entire budget. Bet Alef is very careful in our spending, but there are considerable expenses involved in maintaining and growing our Jewish spiritual community. We are able to operate without a building fund by renting our facilities, so rental costs are a substantial part of our budget. We seek to acknowledge the special qualities of our rabbi, musicians and office staff with appropriate compensation. Every donation is a greatly appreciated gift and blessing. Please remember that your support and presence are valued regardless of your ability to make a financial contribution. Here are some ways that you can contribute:
- Donations can be made to a General Fund at any time to support the ongoing operations of the synagogue.
- Donations may also be made to support a particular program which has a special interest or significance to you.
- Donations to the Music Program are always appreciated.
- On Friday nights at Shabbat Services, members have the opportunity to sponsor an Oneg and light candles to celebrate a special event with the community. You can find more information about sponsoring an Oneg here.
Michael Geller Fund
Michael’s love for the Bet Alef community was felt by all who knew him. His leadership as past president and chair of the membership committee has been integral in creating Bet Alef as the warm and nurturing community that it is. It is Jewish custom to make a donation in lieu of flowers; to honor Michael’s deep love for our Bet Alef Community, the Geller family requested and the Board has agreed to create a special Michael Geller Fund. Whether used for opportunities for members to develop new leadership skills or perhaps an endowment fund, Michael’s wife Carolyn will be involved with the Board in deciding the best use for the funds. You can donate by clicking here or you can also send a check to Bet Alef, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle, WA.
The Geller Family is generously offering a match for up to $3,000 to all donations to the Michael Geller Fund. Donate now.
In Loving Memory of TJ Sundsvold:
A TJ Sundsvold Fund has been created in memory of our friend and Bet Alef member TJ, who died on Monday, May 6, 2013. While TJ was eager to support our community at large, we think it most fitting that donations be dedicated to supporting Rabbi Olivier and the Mitzvah Committee in their compassionate pastoral care of others.
Other Ways To Donate:
We invite members of Bet Alef to light a candle at Shabbat Services in honor of a special blessing or celebration. This can be a celebration of a recent accomplishment, a memorial to a loved one, or anything else you would like to share. There is a suggested donation of $18 (chai) for lighting a candle. To arrange to light a candle at a specific Shabbat, please email Rachel.
Many large companies provide matching funds for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit agencies such as Bet Alef. They encourage employees to spend more time and resources helping the agencies that they care about the most. We ask that you please check to see if your company has a matching funds program.
PCC Scrip – Revisited!:
The new program works like this: you purchase a $25 or $50 card or key-tag one time. You use this card or tag just like a gift card. Cards or tags can be recharged at any PCC Natural Market with a credit card, debit card or cash. 5% of all funds put on your card go to Bet Alef when you buy a card or key tag from us. It’s that simple! If you’d like a Scrip card, please contact us.
By clicking from Bet Alef’s website link to Amazon.com, Bet Alef currently receives 5.25% of anything that you purchase. The percentage increases with the number of orders per quarter. When you are shopping, please remember the Amazon link at Bet Alef!
End Of Year Giving Fund Drive
YOU can help your spiritual community thrive and continue to be a unique place to connect with others seeking to learn, grow, and live intentionally with wholeness, love, and compassion.
By making a donation to Bet Alef, you make possible:
- Support for our hard-working part-time staff and full-time rabbi
- Development of stellar educational programs for children and adult
- Meaningful Shabbat services, including our new Saturday morning service
- Programming for holidays and festivals
- Opportunities for our congregation to connect with one another
For more information on how you can support our community, please contact us.