“All beginnings require that you unlock new doors. The key is giving and doing. Give charity and do kindness,” —Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav
Do you remember the stories your grandparents would tell you when you were a child? Throughout those stories, do you recall hearing about the "pushke box?" Perhaps you remember shaking the blue tin box and feeling joy from the sound of all of those coins. Do you remember attending Sunday School and bringing loose change for Tzedakah each week? Did you feel proud that you contributed towards tikkun olam—repairing the world?
We have come a long way since the “pushke box” and the ways of giving have changed. The needs, however, remain the same—if not greater. At Congregation Beth Or, our vision is to inspire and engage, looking to Jewish text and tradition as a source of guidance in our every day lives.
Each gift to our synagogue reflects that central pillar of tradition. Gifts provide innovative and intimate in-home programs like Torah to Go; educational opportunities for all ages; creative and spiritual programs support to Israel, fulfillment of our commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) and K’lal Israel (the Jewish community worldwide); membership to all who wish to join regardless of ability to pay full dues/fees; and the care of our building.
Tzedakah is a core Jewish value. We have learned from our parents and grandparents that giving is what is expected of us as Jews. Beth Or offers many different ways to give. We hope that you will continue the tradition of Tzedakah and include Beth Or in your charitable giving.