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Changes for 2019


Thank you for giving your time, talent, and financial support to Congregation B'nai Israel over the last year.  Your investment provides our community with outstanding clergy, uplifting services, stimulating programs for all ages, a thriving Religious School, and a voice for tikkun olam, repairing the world.

The Board of Trustees has worked hard to communicate our goals and progress, show our appreciation of our members, and be transparent. We hope you feel connected to the community, and that we have earned your trust.

Our Board remains committed to fiscal discipline, improving efficiencies of the organization, strengthening programming, and better care of the physical site.  Membership contributions provide 65% of our annual budget, with the balance covered by fundraising, investment income, and fee-for-service revenues. This upcoming year's $1.3M budget reflects a 9.3% increase in expenditures to cover maintenance and operational expenses, as well as additional staff positions. To help meet these needs, the Board approved a 2.5% increase for all membership commitments under $4,000 and an increase in Religious School and Kesher fees. 

To improve our efficiency, we have auto-renewed membership commitments and auto-enrolled students in Religious School. Supplemental forms will be sent separately to complete the RS/Kesher registration.  Less paperwork for our members to fill out!

Your membership commitment and any applicable Religious School tuition will be posted to your account on July 1, 2019. Please log in to the secure membership portal at to activate your payment (click on "My transactions" and "Submit a Payment"  The payment frequency can be selected on the drop down "Pay this amount").

 High Holy Day tickets will be mailed to households that have a made a payment of any amount by September 1, 2019.

For those who can, please consider increasing your annual contribution HERE.Your generosity makes it possible for us to affirm our commitment to provide membership and a Jewish education to all. Also, as a reminder, if you pay at the full suggested contribution level (click HERE to see suggested levels), you may gift a free membership for one year to a family or individual who is not currently a member, or affiliated with another congregation.
​​​To make an adjustment to your member pledge, please click HERETo request a scholarship for Religious School, please click HERE. All communications regarding finances are strictly confidential.

We understand that this is a change to our membership pledge and Religious School/Kesher registration process.  We hope this streamlined process will be easier for you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions:
Membership:  Executive Director, Leslie Oberst at
Youth Education:  Director of Education, Denise Crevin at
Assistance with our membership

On behalf of the Board, clergy, and staff, thank you for your generosity and commitment to strengthening Congregation B'nai Israel. We look forward to your involvement in the coming year.
With gratitude,
Bina Lefkovitz, CBI Board President

Sun, August 25 2019 24 Av 5779