CBI relies on generous contributions to the General Fund to fill in the gap between dues income and the congregation's day-to-day expenses. Many people choose to mark a celebration, honor a special someone or commemorate a loved one with a donation that enables our congregation to grow and thrive.
CBI members who are able to contribute $500 or more beyond their annual dues can become Sustainers of CBI, who help to maintain a thriving Jewish presence in the Charlottesville area as we welcome members regardless of economic means.
Second Century Fund
The Second Century Fund was established in 1984 to provide a perpetual source of funds to supplement CBI's operating budget. The Fund operates as an endowment, and principal of the Fund is held in trust governed by a Board of Trustees. Proceeds from the Fund are made available annually to the Congregation, and this contribution has historically represented approximately 6% of CBI's annual budget. The Fund principal is invested for sustainable income and growth, so a gift to the Second Century Fund is a gift that keeps on giving. Continued growth of the Fund is integral to the fiscal health of the Congregation. Donors who make cumulative gifts of $15,000 or more to this fund are recognized as "Second Century Fund Fellows." The Second Century Fund Fellowship was established in memory of J. Marymor, who served as President of CBI in 1984 and was instrumental in founding the Fund.
We maintain a Building Fund so that we can provide a physical facility that meets our current needs, as well as anticipates those of the future. The Building Fund is used to provide a base of funds for any desired new acquisition of real estate or major improvements to the existing structure. This fund has also been used to pay off the existing building mortgage and finance necessary major repairs. All new members of Congregation Beth Israel are assessed a Building Fund commitment. Additional contributions are always needed and welcome.
The Tzedakah Fund represents an opportunity for members of the greater Charlottesville Jewish community to pool some of their donations in order to benefit worthy recipients of charitable funds. Contributions to the Fund will be directed primarily to local causes, but also may be sent to appropriate national or international causes in times of great need. Nonprofit organizations that deliver direct services will be the primary recipients of Tzedakah donations. Click here for the Tzedakah Fund Grant Application.
Rabbi's Discretionary (Philanthropic) Fund
The Rabbi's Discretionary Fund is one of the primary ways in which we are represented in the Jewish community in the various local (and a few national) causes that merit and require our financial support. Also, the Fund is used to address individual needs that arise from time to time and which require instant tzedakah. The synagogue has become a place where people needing urgent assistance with rent, utility bills or other emergencies can get some help. Donations to this Fund are always appreciated, and are an appropriate way to acknowledge a family simcha or other event.
Educator's Discretionary Fund
The Educator's Discretionary Fund is used primarily for projects relating to worship, music programming, concerts and the B'nei Mitzvah program. It is also used as a philanthropic fund to support our Jewish community in local and national causes.
Religious School Fund
This fund is used to support the Religious School. Funds are used for school equipment, resource books/videos and programming.
Maialily Schult Memorial Preschool Fund
This Fund was established in 2002 in memory of Maialily Hanna Schult, infant daughter of Juliet and Alex Schult, to enhance the educational offerings of the Preschool. The Fund provides scholarships, special programming and field trips for our Preschool students.
Prayer Book/Ritual Objects Fund
Another way to mark a special event or to honor or remember a person is through a contribution to our Prayer Book Fund. Contributions to this Fund help CBI to augment or replace our collection of prayer books, Chumashim, tallitot, etc. as needed. Click here for a prayer book donation form.
Adult/Continuing Education Fund
Established in 1993 in memory of Rabbi Alexander's mother, Goldie Alexander, this Fund supports Congregation Beth Israel's efforts to offer diverse and stimulating programs of educational or cultural value for Jewish adults.
Arts Acquisition Fund
This Fund was established to enhance the beauty of the architectural space of our building, and to add to CBI's existing collection of ritual objects and art.
Caring Committee Fund
Contributions to this Fund support the ability of this committee to meet its modest expenses and to enhance its services.
Contributions to this Fund support the maintenance and general upkeep of the Hebrew Cemetery.
Chevrah Kadisha Fund
Contributions to this Fund support the work of the Chevrah Kadisha in honoring the dead by providing a traditional process of preparation of the deceased prior to the funeral.
Chutzpah Chorus Fund
Contributions to this Fund support the purchase of music and other expenses incurred by the Chorus.
Contributions to this Fund support Library collection development, allowing for the purchase of library supplies and other books, videos and DVDs of interest to children, youth and adults.
Samuel & Evelyn Linden Lectureship Fund
The Samuel & Evelyn Linden Lectureship was established in 1992 to honor the memory and values of two Jewish individuals who enriched their family and community. The goal of the Lectureship is to enhance understanding of issues relevant to Jews by sponsoring educational programs that bring presenters of national stature to the Charlottesville Jewish community. The focus of the programs is more scholarly than populary; more universal than particular. Topics and themes include: Jewish literature, philosophy and history; changes and trends in Israel and within the Middle East; understanding the liturgy, ethics and currents in American Jewish life.
Youth Group Fund
Contributions to this Fund support the programming of our Jr. and Sr. BITY (Beth Israel Temple Youth) groups, as well as provide for scholarship assistance to regional youth events.
Preschool Endowment Fund
The Preschool Endowment Fund Trust (PEFT) was established in 2005, with a founding gift in memory Linda Berez, mother of Rachel Skadron and grandmother of Miriam and Micah Skadron. The PEFT was established to ensure continued excellence in Jewish preschool education. The PEFT supplements teacher salaries and professional development to help retain and recruit experienced early childhood educators to CBI. We look to donors and the community to join together with teachers and families of young children to provide an excellent Jewish preschool education that is viable and sustainable.