Giving and Donations

All donations to Congregation B’nai Tikvah Beth Israel (CBTBI) are greatly appreciated.
Donations may be made to the general fund or any of the special funds listed below. They may be made in honor of someone or in memory of a deceased. In these cases, acknowledgements will be sent to the honoree or a family member/friend of the deceased. There are also opportunities to donate by advertising in our monthly publications, our annual community directory or by sponsoring a special program. Consider making donations for any occasion or no occasion at all.

You may donate via Check or by PayPal.

Donate by Check

All checks should be made out to CBTBI (unless noted below) and the purpose or fund name noted in the memo section of the check or with an enclosed note.  Please specify if an acknowledgment is to be sent to a person or family and include their mailing address if they are not members of CBTBI. Donations may either be mailed to CBTBI, P.O. Box 1013, Turnersville, NJ 08012, or brought to the office at 115 E. Holly Ave., Sewell NJ, unless noted below. For more information, contact Judy Finneran at

Donate via PayPal


Hebrew School Related Funds

Kindergarten-1st Grade Tuition Fund: CBTBI’s current policy is to provide free tuition for K-1st grade. Donations to this fund will ensure the continuation of this policy. For more information contact Art Shapiro at

Morris and Vivian Neidenberg Jewish Education Endowment Fund: Morris was an advocate of “No Jewish child should be denied a Hebrew School education,” and started this fund to subsidize Hebrew school tuition assistance for those who need it. For more information contact Art Shapiro at

Elaine Zucker Endowment Fund: The primary focus of this fund is educational in nature. It provides annual grants to our Hebrew school and its students for special events and needs. For more information contact Gail Chaskes at

Hebrew School Fund: Donations to the Hebrew school help fund special programs for our students or buy educational materials. For more information contact Wendy Marder at


General Fund

Yahrzeit donations: It is customary to make a donation on the anniversary of a loved one’s death. Yahrzeit donations go to the general fund. CBTBI members are sent reminders in advance providing they have provided the deceased’s information to the temple. For more information contact Art Shapiro at


Fixed Fee Donations

Donation cards: Donation (tribute) cards, printed with the CBTBI logo and a hand-written personal message, may be sent for a variety of occasions including get well, anniversary, condolence, bar or bat mitzvah, birth/birthday greetings, high school/college graduation, new home, new job, thank you, etc. The minimum donation is $5.00 per card, which includes the cost of mailing plus a listing in the following month’s newsletter.  For more information contact Diane Shapiro at Send a check payable to CBTBI for any amount you prefer to Diane Shapiro, 39 Jacqueline Place, Sewell, NJ 08080.

Tree Of Life: Our Tree of Life is located on the side wall of the sanctuary to the right of the bimah.  Engraved leaves cost $54.00 each and are a wonderful way to commemorate special occasions such as a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, anniversary, confirmation, college graduation, birth of a child or grandchild or to honor a special person, such as a beloved teacher.  All necessary information is on the downloadable form. For more information contact Judy Finneran at

Bibles/Prayer Books: Bible (Etz Hayim) and prayer book (siddur) dedications may be made in honor or memory of someone.  A special book plate will be made up for the book, and a card acknowledging the donation will be sent to the person or family of the person being honored. Donations are $100.00 for bibles and $54 for prayer books. For more information contact Judy Finneran at  Download the Dedication Form here.

Memorial plaques: Pay lasting tribute to a departed loved one who touched your life in a significant way.  Honor someone with an engraved Yahrzeit plaque to be displayed on one of the boards in the rear of the sanctuary.  The cost is $300.00. For more information contact Beth Nazer at


Other Funds

Torah Fund allows the synagogue to maintain our Torah scrolls and keep them “kosher” and therefore usable. For more information contact Steve Blocher at

Capital Campaign Fund benefits capital improvements to our facility and provides for the future of CBTBI. For more information contact Art Shapiro at

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund is to assist individual, educational and communal needs, solely at the discretion of the rabbi. The fund has been used to provide support to people in need, to contribute toward social action work, and to support synagogue needs that are otherwise unmet. This fund will never be used to personally benefit a rabbi.  Checks should be made payable to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund. For more information contact Steve Blocher at

Library/Resource Center Fund helps to purchase materials for our lending library and special resources from our school.

The Many Faces of CBTBI