Bnai Shalom / Beth El Foundation

Almost 10 years ago, the B’nai Sholom/Beth El Charitable Foundation provided its first grant of $3,400 for a Scholar in Residence weekend at Temple Beth El as the first of many programs to be supported. Since that time, the Foundation has granted almost $400,000 for endeavors by deserving Monmouth County non-profit organizations.

The Foundation, which is affiliated with Congregation Torat El, was endowed completely by proceeds from the sale of real estate by Congregation B‘nai Sholom as part of its merger agreement with Temple Beth El, along with a half million dollars for Temple Beth El capital improvements.

The mission of this lasting gift is to support community-wide religious, cultural and educational programs which reflect credit on Congregation Torat El. Income from its invested assets are awarded annually, with its capital nurtured so our Foundation continues as a significant legacy. Presently, the Foundation has financial assets equal to its initial funding.

Major recipient organizations have included:
– Congregation Torat El $150,000
– Temple Beth El $120,000
– Chhange (Brookdale Community College Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Center) $57,000
– Jewish Community Center $24,000
– Jewish Federation of Monmouth County $20,000

Program highlights have included Madeleine Albright, Eli Weisel, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Debbie Friedman, Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir, Israeli musical star Rami Kleinstein, annual Martin Luther King observances, three New Jersey Cantors’ Choir concerts; African-American Cantor Joshua Nelson, and a wide variety of other special musical programs.

Publications include Flowers From Ashes, an anthology of Holocaust poetry, prose and artwork by 5-12 grade students (a Brookdale Center project) for school teachers and libraries that had such nationwide demand it went to four printings; To Tomorrow’s Children, a traveling school and library display with accompanying literature, focusing on personal Holocaust experiences; and Hebrew/Jewish Songbook with CD.

Members of the Foundation Board are Zeke Rose, president; Regina Weiss, vice president; Alan Winters, treasurer; Adam Bogner, former president; Sandy Bernstein; Andrew Robins; and Alan Stern.