Many people honor or memorialize a loved one with gifts to Beth Israel Center. To make a donation, send a check in any amount with a note indicating whom your donation is honoring or memorializing (if applicable) and the fund you're choosing to support to: 1406 Mound Street, Madison, WI 53711. You may choose a specific fund from the list below, or you may simply make a donation to Beth Israel Center and your donation will be placed in our General Fund.
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Capital and Endowment Campaign Funds
Beth Israel Endowment—This fund was created by the Board of Directors in the 1980s as a fund into which all undesignated gifts of $1,000 or more were to be placed.
Building Maintenance Reserve--This fund was created in 2014 to ensure the upkeep of the building, which was substantially renovated the same year.
Goodman Education Trust—This fund was begun in the 1980’s by Robert and Irwin Goodman to support Jewish Education. The earnings each year are currently used in the operating budget to support the salary of Beth Israel Center’s education director.
Holman/Weisbard Fund for Adult Jewish Learning—This fund was established in memory of Joseph P. and Celia L. Holman by the Holman Weisbard family. It was established specifically to provide adult education at the discretion of the Board and the Rabbi.
Ben Minkoff Fund—This fund is named for Ben Minkoff and is used to support education programs at Beth Israel Center.
Julius Mintz Education Fund—This fund is named for founding member Julius Mintz. The earnings each year are used in the operating budget to support the cost of Talmud Torah by helping to hold down fees charged to families with children in Talmud Torah.
A J Rosenberg Education Fund—This fund is named for founding member A.J. Rosenberg. Many people in the Jewish community in Madison are descendants of AJ and Celia Rosenberg and extended family. The earnings each year are used in the operating budget to support the cost of Talmud Torah by helping to hold down fees charged to families with children in Talmud Torah.
George Stewart Education Fund—This fund is named for founding member George Stewart. The earnings each year are used in the operating budget to support the cost of Talmud Torah by helping to hold down fees charged to families with children in Talmud Torah.
Alex Temkin Education Fund—This fund was established after the death of founding member Alex Temkin by his family. The fund’s purpose is for educational needs at the discretion of the Board. The earnings each year are currently used in the operating budget to support the salary of Beth Israel’s education director.
Joe Temkin Education Fund—This fund is named for founding member Joe Temkin, father of Harvey Temkin. The principle was donated by the Temkin family in memory of Joe. The earnings each year are used in the operating budget to support the salary of Beth Israel’s education director.
Talmud Torah Fund—This fund is used to supplement regularly budgeted operating funds and Talmud Torah tuition, enhancing the high quality of our education program for students in grades 1-7.
AJ & Celia Rosenberg Library Fund—This fund was begun in the 1980’s upon the death of Celia Rosenberg by the Rosenberg extended family. Donations and earnings are used in the operating budget for the library.
Irving & Dorothy Levy Foundation Rabbi's Discretionary Program Fund—This fund was established in 1999 by the private foundation established by Dorothy and Irving Levy. The annual income can be spent on any program with the approval of the Rabbi and two Board members. Over the years, the fund has paid for scholars-in-residence, office improvements, computer system upgrades, the study of our educational programs by USCJ, sending incoming presidents to USCJ leadership training, rabbi search expenses, creation and maintenance of our website and more.
David Temkin Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund—This fund is named after David Temkin, brother of Joe Temkin and Rose Heifetz, who died at a young age. It provides scholarships to children attending Camp Ramah.
Abe Barash Fund—This fund was established after the death of Abe Barash, father of Harvey Barash. Abe (and his wife Hilda) were both deaf. The fund is to be used to provide disabled services for members of Beth Israel. It has been used to hire sign interpreters and to pay for facility changes to improve handicapped accessibility.
Adolph Weinshel Torah Repair Fund—The fund was established after the death of Adolph Weinshel, father of Sandie Ottenstein. The earnings have been used to pay for repair of our Torahs.
Martin & Serene Mazor Kiddush Fund—This fund was established by Lorna and Harry Kniaz in memory of Lorna’s parents Serene and Martin Mazor. The earnings are to be used in the operating budget to cover expenses of weekly Kiddushim which are not covered by sponsorships and to make sure that a variety of foods are provided to cover all dietary needs.
Social Action Fund—This fund is under the control of the Social Action Committee. It supports the projects of the committee, as well as other organizations and initiatives at the discretion of the committee.
Shirley Epstein Fund—This fund is named for Shirley Epstein, one of the Setlick sisters who were original members of Beth Israel. All the donations made to the fund are used in the operating budget to pay for kitchen and kiddush supplies.
Art Fund—This fund is for acquisition and care of artwork for Beth Israel Center.
Prayerbook Fund—This fund is for repair and purchase of prayerbooks.
Rose & Morris Heifetz Welfare Fund—This fund is named for Morris & Rose Heifetz, founding members of Beth Israel Center. Morris was the first Gabbai of Beth Israel Center. The fund provides need-based scholarships for Talmud Torah and Midrasha.
Jake Heifetz Fund—This fund was established by the friends and family of Jake Heifetz, long-time caretaker of Beth Israel Center's facilities and minyanim. It supports the Jake Heifetz Award.
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund—This fund may be used by the Rabbi for charitable purposes and other actions that fulfill the mission and vision of Beth Israel Center.
Women’s League Fund—The Women's League of Beth Israel Center supports the congregation in several ways. In particular, this fund purchases kiddush cups for each bar or bat mitzvah and supplies for the Beth Israel Center mikvah.
Sponsor a Kiddush
If you would like to sponsor a kiddush in honor of a simcha or just because, click here for more information, including the menu options at our three sponsorship levels.