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Give to Your Heart's Content

TEMPLE B’RITH KODESH IS MORE THAN JUST A SYNAGOGUE. IT IS…

VIBRANT.  EMPOWERING.  UPLIFTING.

Passing on traditions and teachings to future generations.

Dedicated to enhancing the lives of those it touches.

CARING.  ACTIVE.  INVOLVED.

Taking steps to aid those in need from every walk of life.

Nurturing personal growth.

As Moses asked each individual to contribute toward building the tabernacle according to their own ability, we ask YOU to support Temple B’rith Kodesh in a manner that is meaningful to YOU.


From the very earliest era in Jewish history, we read descriptions of how members of the community take responsibility for one another.  In the Torah, we read that all who are able give gifts “as their heart moves them to do.”  Through these gifts, these contributions, the community was able to maintain its strength.

In recent years, especially as we maintain a priority on being inclusive and accessible, we have studied the implications of our dues model.  Many synagogues around the country have asked similar questions and many have come to the same conclusion.  Membership should not rely on fixed dues. Rather, we should return to the Torah’s image of contributions that come from the heart.  We should embrace the core value of tzedakah, and enable our members to support all that TBK aspires to do in their own manner.

We still need the financial support of you, our members and friends, but we will shift to a model that is inclusive and dignified.  Our hope is to open the flaps of our tent wide, allowing one and all to come and participate, allowing one and all to offer their unique gifts.

Parashat

Parashat Vayetzei

In this Torah portion, Jacob has a dream in which angels go up and down a ladder connecting earth to heaven. God appears before Jacob and renews the covenant that God had made with Abraham. Jacob sees Rachel, Laban’s daughter, tending sheep and wishes to marry her. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying his eldest daughter, Leah, after seven years of labor. In exchange for another seven years of work, Jacob is allowed to marry Rachel. Jacob has many sons with Leah, but Rachel is unable to conceive. Finally, God blesses Rachel, and she has a son, whom she names Joseph.

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