Our most sincere thanks to our donors who have supported for many years. Their support has helped us maintain our activities:
- Henry and Susan Samueli and the Samueli Family Foundation (USA)
- Federation of Metro West (New Jersey, USA)
- Certain donors from Israel who wish to remain anonymous
- Rabbis and members of communities across the United States
- Congregation members and friends (Israel)
The activities of Beit Samueli (excluding the preschool system) have been made possible thanks to two main sources: annual membership fees and donations from Israel and abroad. These members and donors share a vision for Beit Samueli – to create and maintain a progressive Judaism in Israel that is open, egalitarian and rooted in Israeli society.
Why is Contribution Important?
Your donation is a declaration of support for an Israeli society that is pluralistic, allowing every person in general, and Jews in particular, to maintain a way of life according to their cultural and/or religious traditions corresponding to their own worldview. Beit Samueli and Kehillat Ra’anan represent one of the many ways to have a Jewish community that values modernity and openness which speak to many Israelis who seek a framework of activity relevant to them and to their families.
The Government of Israel supports organizations that it defines as “religious” (i.e. Orthodox Judaism) but does not help congregations that do not meet this criteria.
The Jewish communities in the Diaspora are dealing with complex issues of support for educational, cultural and religious services to maintain the existence of the Jewish people located outside the borders of the State of Israel.
The Israeli community will decide the fate of congregations like Kehillat Ra’anan and many other congregations, which represent a variety of ways to express the manifold Jewish identity in a manner consistent with the principles of a liberal and democratic society.
We believe that the future of Israel depends upon fostering Jewish identity in a contemporary, meaningful and powerful style.
Historically, it was customary for the Jewish people to support their own religious, cultural and social communities. Each community was supported by its own members and friends. In our opinion, this historic system of support should continue without the involvement of the State of Israel.
When to Contribute?
Any time you can!
According to long existing custom appropriate times to contribution have been linked to life cycle events, whether in joy or in mourning or illness.
Some tend to contribute after receiving an honor at the synagogue (such as an aliyah to the Torah). We do not believe in conducting our prayer services in this way, i.e. to mix financial matters into the spiritual arena. However, we understand that a community event (life event commemoration, celebration and special ceremony) represents an opportunity for affinity and support.
How to Contribute
The best way to make your contribution is via Paypal.
You can also send a check payable to Kehillat Ra’anan.
It is also possible to contact the Kehillah’s office and arrange to contribute via credit card.