Donation Funds

Temple Beth Am, over the years of its existence, has established many different funds that are used to support programs and services that are not part of our operating budget. Congregants are encouraged to make contributions into these funds to acknowledge or celebrate different life-cycle events.

Donations are printed in the Temple Message and can be made through the temple office at:

2377 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566-4320
Phone: (516) 378-3477


Cantor Jack Brown Music Enrichment Fund

The purpose is to obtain a fitting and enduring memorial in his name. Fund will provide money for supplies and music to enhance our Temple music program and to periodically enable the congregation to enjoy guest personalities bringing us music from our vast musical heritage, as well as more contemporary music.

Library Fund

For the acquisition of books, periodicals and other materials to augment the library collection and to repair and replace the library materials. For the purchase or rental of supplies, furnishings, or equipment used in connection with library programs or activities. For the payment of membership dues in local and national library organizations.

Prayer book Fund

For the purchase, repair and replacement of prayer books.

Joint Arms Scholarship Fund

The Joint Arms Scholarship Fund provides our Temple/Youth Group students with financial aid to encourage their participation in activities and events aimed at increasing their awareness of their Jewish identity and heritage and to foster qualities that will provide Jewish communities with leadership in the future.

Learning Disability and Special Education Fund

For special equipment, materials, and tutoring needs, for students with special needs.

Lori Rogers Confirmation Fund

Gift is awarded to a Confirmand or Confirmands who manifest devotion, loyalty to Judaism, courage and concern for their fellow human beings.

Louis and Sadie Schaffel Confirmation Fund

The Schaffel Award was established by the family of the late Louis and Sadie Schaffel in their memory and to memorialize the fine Jewish values reflected in their lives. The award is presented at Confirmation to a 10th grade student (or students) whose attitude and record reflects such traditional values.

Scott Leventhal Chavurah Fund

For 11th and 12th grade students for Jewish educational, cultural and social purposes according to the recommendation of the Director of Education, School Committee Chair and Rabbi or Cantor.

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

Used for charitable and Temple purposes at the discretion of the Rabbi. (Checks should be made payable to Rabbi Baum).


Torah Project Fund

The Torah Fund will be used for the refurbishment and repair of the temple’s Torahs with the concurrence of the clergy plus any refurbishments to the sanctuary.

Rabbi Mickey Baum Education Enrichment Fund

Established by Barbi & Rueven Yellin, Phyllis & Dr. Leon Charash, and Natlie & Ken Mintz to develop and fund programs designed to meet the changing needs of the family, according to the recommendation of the Director of Education and the Temple Board of trustees.

Ethyle A. Gellis Confirmation Bible Fund

Established by family and friends of Ethyle A. Gellis. The purpose of the fund is to present bibles to all confirmands on Shavuot "with white bibles for the young lady confirmands so they may carry them on their wedding day."

June Lipman Art Endowment Fund

Established by Patricia S. Ween, Barbara Director, and William S. Lipman. The purpose of this fund shall be to promote and encourage the appreciation of art and artistic pursuits, including the beautification of religious and other structures by the acquisition and installation of exhibitions of art.

Israel Scholarship Fund

The Temple Beth Am Israel Scholarship Fund provides grants to Temple Beth Am students who will be at least 15 years of age in the calendar year and are in enrolled in the Merrick Community Hebrew High School, providing them with partial scholarships towards a trip to Israel sponsored by NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth).

Jim and Janet Neiman Landscaping Beautification Fund

Will be used to enhance and beautify the gardens surrounding the Temple.

David S. Levine Fund

Established by the family of David S. Levine. In recognition of academic excellence, a scholarship is granted to an eleventh grader enrolled in our Religious School.

Jane and Ira Lash Memorial School Scholarship Fund

The Jane and Ira Lash Memorial School Scholarship Fund provides funds for Temple Beth Am families who cannot otherwise afford to send their children to Temple Beth Am Hebrew School or the Merrick Community Hebrew High School. This restricted fund may be used by the Finance Committee to supplement the financial arrangements it makes with families to pay their Temple dues and building fund, for the express purpose of paying for school fees.

The Rabbi Paul Kushner Memorial Giving Garden Fund

The purpose of this fund will be to establish a vegetable garden on Temple property, with harvest from the garden to be donated to Island Harvest or another local food bank.