Dear CBI family and friends,
For the past decade, each January has brought a fundraising appeal from Congregation Beth Israel. Every year, we have held a Phone-a-thon to ask for help bridging the gap between incoming commitments and outgoing expenditures, faced by all synagogues, to support the meaningful programming and events held throughout the year. And every year, Beth Israel’s family and friends have risen to the occasion. Our goal for the 2020 Phone-a-thon, to help us meet rising expenses, is $26,000.
This year, our members have joined together weekly for meaningful davening, thought-provoking drashot, and engaging classes. We have connected with our larger Berkeley community by providing hot meals and collecting towels, socks, and underwear for those in need. We have seen the fruits of our labor as Gan Shalom begins its fifth year in its newly revitalized building, a daily home to 32 children. Our weekly Shabbat groups are an anchor for families in the CBI community. And we achieved two important infrastructure additions: the creation of East Bay Kosher and certifying Flying Falafel and Boichik Bagels, and the expansion of the Berkeley Eruv
This fall, we have already embarked on an ambitious program of scholars and teachers; we have much more to look forward to in the coming months. None of this is possible without your support. We salute you for your past generosity and ask you to help get the job done again this year.
The 2020 CBI Phone-a-thon will take place on Sunday morning, January 26th. We are asking members to increase their giving to this campaign by 10% from 2019. If you want to have this donation credited to your 2019 tax return, please consider giving before the end of December! If you would prefer, you can make your donation in one of four ways:
- Donate online below.
- Send a check to CBI, with “2020 Phone-a-thon” on the memo line. Checks can be sent to Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94703.
- Use your bank’s online payment center to make a payment to CBI.
- Call the office (510) 843-5246 to make a pledge by phone; your pledge will be added to your CBI statement.
Donors will be recognized for their support in the Spring issue of Chai Lights in five categories, according to their level of giving:
$18 – $179: Supporters
$180 – $499: Guardians
$500 – $1,000: Sustainers
$1,000 – $1,999: Pillars
If you don’t call us, we’ll call you on January 26! We look forward to speaking to every member of the CBI family!
Best regards, and todah rabbah!
Carol Cunradi and Eliezah Hoffman