Philanthropic contributions from members and friends provide one-third of Beth Am’s annual operating budget and many special experiences a congregation of our size would not otherwise be able to offer. Your gifts can honor a person or occasion, memorialize a special person, and even leave a lasting legacy.

Major Funds

Supplements member dues to support one-third of Beth Am’s annual operating costs, including spiritual leadership, Jewish Discovery Lab, staff, and neighborhood community engagement.  More than 75 percent of congregants make at least one gift to the Open Doors Annual Fund each year.

Beth Am’s primary endowment is an unrestricted reserve fund, professionally invested by an established fund manager, currently approaching $3-million.  It is governed by Board policies that preserve principal and direct income to areas of need.

Additional opportunities for such gifts include:

Fund for Beth Am Clergy – This designated endowment fund will provide financial flexibility to support our outstanding clergy.  This allows Beth Am to supplement its annual budgets to ensure it always has experienced, inspirational clergy.

Potts Legacy SocietyMembers of the Legacy Society – now almost three dozen strong – pledge bequests or planned gifts to the Beth Am Endowment. 

Supports preservation and maintenance of synagogue facilities, including ritual items.

Specialty Funds

Supports equipment and building modifications to assure our facilities are accessible to all.

Supports Beth Am programming for Jewish young adults in Greater Baltimore.

Supports bimah flowers for Shabbat and holidays.

Provides financial support to community partners and covers costs of community programming at Beth Am. Learn more here

Supports educational activities for all of Beth Am youth.

Discretionary Funds

Congregants who wish to recognize the care and inspiration provided by our clergy and educators frequently contribute to these funds, spent at the discretion of the clergy and professionals, for purposes including tzedakah, professional learning, and other uses consistent with the rules of the Rabbinical Assembly and Board of Trustees policy.

Allows the Rabbi to do good works in and for the community.

Allows the Rabbi to do good works in and for the community.

Allows the Educator to support special programs and individual in needs.

Please note: If you are not signed-in to your ShulCloud account when making your donation, please fill in the “name” and “e-mail address” sections. 

If you do not know the email of the person you are notifying, you can find their email address in our membership directory accessible through your ShulCloud account. You can also contact the Executive Director, Alex Pomerantz.