Sustain Our Community

While we appreciate every single Annual Sustaining Contribution from those who have committed to developing a Sustaining Relationship with Bet Alef, our community still requires contributions and support over and above the budget that those contributions allow.

By inviting our friends and members into relationship, with a vested interest in the people and pursuits of our community, we believe that we can tap into limitless financial potential. We’ve outlined a few specific funds below, but those are merely to inspire you to think of ways in which your contribution and your financial investment support not only the current happenings in our community, but lay a groundwork and foundation for us to grow and flourish and reach many more in our community. The buttons below will take you to our donation page where you will be able to make a donation towards whichever fund appeals to you. If you log in as a member or create a user account, you will be able to split your donation towards multiple funds. 

Ongoing Community Support

Annual Sustaining Contributions are the fundamental building block of our budget. Learn more about developing a Sustaining Relationship with Bet Alef by emailing Karen Warner, our Executive Director, at karen@betalef.org or calling the office at 206.527.9399.

With world-class musicians and a unique musical style for our Shabbat Services and Holy Days, we can always use financial support for new music, better sound equipment, and inviting friends from around the world (like Chava Mirel) to join us in making music together.

Our children and youth benefit from some of the best educators that Seattle has to offer. Your contributions to this program allow us to make it more financially accessible to all, even as we ensure that we are investing in our youth, our educators, and our curriculum. 

Like most religious organizations, Bet Alef has, from its inception, set up a Rabbi Discretionary Fund. Its purpose is to address needs among congregation and community members. Typically, Rabbi Olivier uses this fund to provide support for rent, utilities, medical bills and the like, for members in need or — from time to time — for people outside of our community.

Donations to this specific fund are always welcome, and you are invited to make them anytime during the year. Call the office or send a check to Bet Alef (address at the bottom of this e-mail, memo: Rabbi Discretionary Fund), or simply use the button below.

Many local corporations in Seattle offer matching gifts for registered charities and 501(c)3 organizations. While Bet Alef as a synagogue may be excluded, Bet Alef Learning Institute (BALI) is a legally registered educational 501(c)3. We are registered with Benevity, and even as the corporations encourage their 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. You’d be surprised at the companies that offer this gift!

We are registered through the Amazon Smile program; however you maximize your donation when you give using our direct link rather than registering through amazon.com itself. 

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!

Each year, our board members invest their time to connect with Bet Alef members in a personal appeal to gather remaining funds for our fiscal year. This annual fundraiser typically provides a solid resource for us to pull from for our many programs throughout the year. You do not have to be a member to participate in Phonathon, but we’d love for you to consider it!

Each year, we opt to avoid the hustle and bustle of “Giving Tuesday” in the belief that as our community nears its end-of-year giving, they will turn to Bet Alef to help support our ongoing endeavors. This annual fundraiser helps us to prepare for the new year together.

Occasion-Based & Seasonal Giving

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. It is a tradition, and part of that tradition is to give a gift in honor of that memory. The recommended donation is $18, as a celebration of “L’Chaim” (represented in gematria by the number 18) – “To Life”!

A Yahrzeit remembers those whom we have lost on the anniversary of their passing. We read their names to remember them, even as we say Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet – which means “May their memory be a blessing.” Part of our tradition invites us to give in honor of their memory, to support the community that supports us in our own lifecycles.

Jewish tradition also invites contributions on occasions of celebrations – such as weddings or baby namings, as we shout “Mazel Tov” with our friends and rejoice with them as they rejoice.

Legacy Giving

Michael Geller Fund

Legacy Giving for Bet Alef

The Michael Geller fund has been set up in-memoriam by his children and his wife, Carolyn, to both honor his memory and preserve his legacy to our community. Michael Geller’s deep love for our community and his dedication to see it thrive in the long term was exemplified by his years of service as a member of its Board of Director and as its President.

The fund represents Bet Alef’s Endowment Fund and is invested in a Mutual Fund managed by Bet Alef and its Board. Just as Michael had a vision of Bet Alef as a prosperous sustainable community for generations to come, so is the purpose of this Endowment Fund. We seek to support its growth through various means of gifts—i.e. cash, stocks, bonds etc…—and have restricted its use to only be a vehicle that will eventually ensure Bet Alef’s long-term financial security.

If you share in our friend, Michael Geller’s vision, you too can make a cash donation here or contact our Executive Director, Karen Warner, for a deeper Legacy Giving conversation.

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