Giving.  Support for the Beth Am community and beyond.

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As membership dues only partially cover the cost of running the synagogue, we greatly depend on the generous donations of our members in order to have the ability to do and give more. We have a wide range of donation opportunities depending upon what suits your interests. 

To donate to one of these funds using our online system, please use this online form.

Please consider a Tree of Life Leaf, a brick on our Wall of Dedication, or a Perpetual Memorial Plaque in memory of your loved one. For assistance with a Tree of Life Leaf, Memorial Plaque, or any other donations, please contact Shirley at or call (858) 481-8454 x10.  

Center For Lifelong Jewish Learning ("CLJL") Fund enables Beth Am to provide instructors and supplies for a wide range of continuing education classes and activities for adults of all ages and interests.

General Building Fund enables Beth Am to repair and maintain the buildings and facilities, as needed.

General Fund allows for administrative purchases of office equipment, furniture, computers and software, office supplies, Oneg/Kiddush supplies, family and children’s services, salaries, holiday programming, High Holy Day services expenses, Scholar-in-Residence speakers, and numerous other items for the general well-being of Beth Am.

Hevrah Kadisha Fund supplies training and materials that enable Beth Am members to give deceased congregants and their families the proper care in preparation for burial.

It's All Shabbat To Me Fund is a wonderful program that is bringing the Beth Am community together, one Shabbat at a time. Funds are used to help with purchasing the Shabbat items.

Holocaust Remembrance Fund helps provide programs to the Beth Am community regarding education about the Holocaust.

Jewish Learning Center ("JLC") Fund provides teacher and classroom supplies and educational programming.

JLC Library Fund purchases new books for our lending Judaic library.

Jewish Life & Practice Fund is used to purchase ritual supplies for holiday and Shabbat services.

Joshua Kaplan Library Fund has been established in Joshua Kaplan’s memory to purchase books for the Synagogue Library.

Kiddush Fund helps provide refreshments for our Kiddush table following Shabbat services on Saturday.

Memorial Fund helps underwrite the expense for the Memorial Wall, as well as the Beth Am section of the El Camino Cemetery.

Men’s Club Scholarship Fund helps the youth of Beth Am to experience a Jewish summer either by going to a Jewish camp or an Israeli teen tour.

Mitzvah Committee Fund provides immediate and/or emergency needs for Beth Am congregants in times of the loss of a loved one or a Simha, such as a birth, or assisting with meals; also assists with transportation to synagogue events and doctor appointments.

Prayer Book Fund donations are specifically designated for the purchase of a single prayer book in memory of a loved one (Yahrzeit) or in honor of a special occasion. Cost of each New Daily Prayer Book is $25.00, Sim Shalom is $36.00, and Etz Hayim is $72.00. Each book is given a label acknowledging this dedication.

Preschool Garden Fund supports our Garden and Nutrition Program, which is matched by a grant. All 3-, 4- and 5-year-old Preschool students have weekly lessons with a master gardener and teacher.

Project Dignity provides relief to IDF soldiers and their families in severe financial distress. The fund is inspired by the ancient belief that “Kol Yisrael arevim ze la’ze,” the people of Israel are responsible for one another. The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces ("FIDF") provides essential aid that enables these brave and deserving young soldiers and their families who are in financial distress to live in DIGNITY while they defend our homeland.

Rabbi Kornberg's Discretionary Fund and Rabbi Earne's Discretionary Fund are used to further facilitate charity in our community. Both Rabbis have their own individual funds.

Security Fund is used only for expenses related to ensuring the security of members, students, visitors, staff and facilities of Beth Am.

Stanley Gelfand Memorial Kitchen Fund helps maintain the Beth Am kitchen’s equipment.

Women’s Connection Scholarship Fund provides scholarship money for students to attend Beth Am's Jewish Learning Center. 

Youth Department Fund assists with sponsoring and underwriting expenses related to youth programs and activities.

Youth Group Scholarship Fund provides partial scholarships to those active in Beth Am Kadima and USY who wish to attend regional youth group events.

Youth Travel Fund provides partial scholarships to high school age students, who are members of Beth Am, desiring to travel to Israel for a learning experience.