Giving Opportunities

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Tzedakah is one of the many mitzvot that we aim to fulfill as Jews.  Barnert Temple provides many opportunities to both support our Temple, its special programming, and social action activities while fulfilling the obligation of tzedakah.

Below is a description of year-round ways in which you can support our Temple.  We have Barnert Funds, Women of Barnert Funds, Tree of Life, Pavers, and Gift Cards.

Free Will

Free Will is each person’s opportunity to support Barnert Temple.  Your Free Will Gift provides support for the entire Barnert Community.

Barnert Funds

Rabbi Funds
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Funds may be used to defray unbudgeted operating expenses, provide financial assistance to people in need, provide support to other charitable organizations and endeavors that further the Temple's standing in the community and for any other purpose consistent with the Temple's mission and purpose.

Associate Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Funds may be used to defray unbudgeted operating expenses, provide financial assistance to people in need, provide support to other charitable organizations and endeavors that further the Temple's standing in the community and for any other purpose consistent with the Temple's mission and purpose.
*Jay Adleman Concert Fund:  Supports a Classical Music Concert in Memory of Jay Adleman
*Music Fund:  Supports the Barnert Temple Music Program
*Teen Scholarship:  Provides Scholarships for Jewish Teen Programs

Education Funds
Lifelong Learning Fund

Supports the many areas of Barnert Temple's Lifelong Learning.  Included in this fund are:
*General:  Provides the Director of Lifelong Learning discretionary spending for educational support
*Adult Learning:  Supports Adult Learning at Barnert Temple
*Preschool Teachers Appreciation:  Provides support for training and development programs
*Religious School Teachers Apprecation:  Provides support for teacher training and development.  Funds also provide scholarships for colege-bound madrichim.

Elsie and Howard Kahan Memorial Holocaust Fund
Provides funds for educational purposes relating to the Holocaust in the Congregation, the Temple schools and the local community.

Kathie F. Williams' TAG Scholarship Challenge
The fund actively engages students and parents in Jewish learning through Torah, Avodah And Gemilut Chasadim, with a scholarship award each year.

Youth Funds
David Nalven Memorial Youth Education Fund
Income from this fund provides support and resources to facilitate educational activities for the Barnert Temple Youth.

Gutenstein Youth Community Service Fund
Provides funds for support and resources to facilitate post bar/bat mitzvah students to continue working in community service.

Jed Haubenstock BarTY Fund
Provides scholarship assistance for regional / national / international youth programs including trips to Israel and supports programs and activities for the Barnert Temple Youth Group.

Rabbi Martin Freedman URJ Camp Scholarship Fund
Income from this fund provides a scholarship to a four-week Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) summer camp for a qualified Temple student, who otherwise could not afford to go.

Community Funds
Barnert Garden Fund
Provides for materials and labor for an on-site intergenerational, social action community garden where children and adults of all ages may participate.

Barnert Temple Endowment Fund
Income from this fund supports the Temple's general operations.

Helen Lee Mitzvah Fund
Supports the Caring Community in providing Temple members with cards, meals, gifts, visits, transportation and general support.  This fund provides for those in times of need, as well as those celebrating joyous occasions.

Interfaith Fund
Supports programs and provides educational material that furthers awareness and understanding of interfaith relationships.

Barnert Temple Men's Club
The Men's Club directs monies in their ongoing support of the Temple's needs.

Mount Nebo Cemetery Beautification Fund
Provides maintenance and beautification of Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Totowa, which is owned by the Temple.

Prayer Book
Donations may be made to commemorate any occasion. Donations will be used to purchase a prayer book ($36) or a Torah Commentary ($54), and name plates will be affixed. Donations of lesser amounts are also appreciated, and the monies will be used to defray costs.

Sanctuary Enhancements Fund
Helps to ensure that the Barnert Temple Sanctuary remains uniquely warm, spiritual and comfortable consistent with the Congregation's vision and mission.

Social Action Fund
Helps fund activities and programs to fulfill the Temple's practice of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) by raising awareness, educating our congregation about the issues of social injustice and the environment, both locally and globally, and donating to applicable causes.

Yahrzeit
Donations are made to remember the yearly anniversary of a loved one's death. Permanent memorial plaques and weekly Yahrzeit plaques may also be purchased.

Women of Barnert Funds

The funds listed below are held by the Women of Barnert.  If you would like to make a donation, please make your checks payable to "Barnert Temple Sisterhood" with a note indicating the fund(s) to which the contribution should be directed.

Women of Barnert
The Sisterhood directs monies in their ongoing support of Temple needs.

Oneg Shabbat Fund
Donations may be made to commemorate any occasion. A minimum donation of $250 is required to be an Oneg Shabbat sponsor. The names of sponsors are included in the Friday evening Shabbat service announcements. Donations of amounts less than $250 are always appreciated, and the monies will be used to defray Oneg Shabbat costs. Donations of any amount are acknowledged in the Bulletin.

Pulpit Flower Fund 
Donations may be made to commemorate any occasion. A minimum donation of $50 is required to sponsor pulpit flowers for Friday evening services. The names of sponsors are included in the Friday evening Shabbat service announcements. Donations of amounts less than $50 are always appreciated, and the monies will be used to defray flower costs. Donations of any amount are acknowledged in the Bulletin.

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Download Tree of Life Order Form

Our Tree of Life is a beautiful piece of art and symbolism that stands in our lobby. Each leaf on the tree and rock at its base is filled with an engraved plaque. 

Members can purchase an engraved leaf on the tree for $118 and an engraved rock at the tree's base for $1,800. Commemorate a joyous event, like a birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding or anniversary with a permanent dedication. Purchasing a leaf or rock allows you leave a lasting legacy that will be viewed and read for generations. 

To purchase an engraved leaf or rock, download the Tree of Life Order Form and return it with your payment to the Temple Office. If you have questions, contact the Temple Office at (201) 848-1800. 

Pave The Way for Barnert Temple:  Purchase A Paver! Paver Image

Download Paver Order Form

The walkway leading into The Center for Jewish Education and Lifelong Learning is lined with pavers, many of them inscribed with messages that remember and honor both individuals and events. You, too, can add your name and message to one of these pavers and support Barnert Temple at the same time.
Commemorate an anniversary, birthday, graduation, confirmation, wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or just show your support for our Temple by purchasing a personalized paver. Pave the way (literally and figuratively) for future generations at our Temple by adding your name to one of our pavers. They make beautiful gifts, too!
The 6" X 6" pavers are $110 each and can display 3 lines of text with 10 characters per line. The 6" X 9" pavers are $165 each and can display 4 lines of text with 14 characters per line. 
To purchase an engraved paver, submit your Paver Order Form along with your payment (payable to Barnert Temple) to the Temple's main office. If you have questions about our paver purchasing program, contact Vicky Farhi.

Gift Cards:  They're Easy, Convenient, and Don't Cost You an Extra Penny!SCRIP Gift Cards Image

Gift Cards (also referred to as SCRIP) are one of the easiest ways to support Women of Barnert and the Temple projects and social action causes it supports.
The program is simple.  You to buy gift cards or certificates, just like the ones you see in the stores, for face value. Women of Barnert receives a portion of gift cards' value from the merchants.  You buy what you need, when you want to buy it.  It doesn't cost you anything because you simply use your gift cards/certificates like cash.  If you buy a $25 gift card, it's worth $25.
The list of merchants below makes it easy for anyone to support this program.  They make great gifts!  The next time you need a gift card for your kids, colleagues or a friends, consider purchasing your cards through Women of Barnert.

Questions?  Contact Amy Lynn.

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