Ways to Support Our Community
There are many ways that you can help our community thrive and grow–but all it takes is your engaging with one project. If you can make just one contribution, something that suits your talents and interests and that fits the time you have to give, you will help us so much. Below is what we hope is an array of projects we would love help with. To learn the details, please contact our synagogue administrator at rachel @ bethaam.org.
We would love baking help! If you can make an extra tray of brownies (or buy an extra box of crackers), we will be be happy to serve it at the oneg (festive reception) after Friday night services. Food costs are a big part of our budget; your contribution helps make our congregants happy and ends meet.
Donate an oneg–to celebrate a joyous occasion, to remember a loved one, or just because. You can donate a whole oneg (by credit card) for $200, or contribute part of the cost of one, by completing this form, or you can bake and buy and bring the food in. You can also gather a team of friends or committee members to help share the cost and the love.
Love books? Help us protect ours so that more people can enjoy them longer. All of our hardcover books need clear, protective covers on the jackets. We provide the materials; you provide the time and love. One hour each week in our library–contact us for training and we’ll get you started on your own schedule.
Our gardens are beautiful–and grow better with help. Please email garden @ bethaam.org if you are interested in tending our raised beds over the summer or helping with the harvest. We would also love help transplanting and weeding our beautiful garden. There is always rewarding work to do and we have skilled people to guide you.
Greeting people is a great way to promote community (and support security) at Bet Ha’am. Think how much more relaxed you feel when someone invites you in, shows you where to hang your coat, maybe even hands you a prayer book open to the right page. Every Friday night and Saturday morning, we need greeters and ushers to make our community the most welcoming place it can be. You can sign up for just one service, one service each month, or whatever suits you and your schedule. We will provide a brief training phone call before your greet or usher for the first time. Or contact rachel @ bethaam.org to learn more.
We are taking the great Bet Ha’am Census, but not everyone is so good a filling out online forms. If you can call a few people (you decide how many) and ask them to complete the form, or fill it out with them, that will help us refresh our database and learn how better to serve the community. This project can be done from home, from the lobby, from the supermarket parking lot–wherever you like to be.
Are you an expert at Salesforce? If you can help us make fields and reports, and even suggest things we haven’t thought of yet, we would love help. We’ve got the database, but we are barely using it because we don’t understand it and because it doesn’t reflect the community we are. This project can mostly be done from wherever you are, but a few in-office tutorials would be great.
We are always looking for ways to enhance and redefine our relationship with prayer. We like to learn from other rabbis, spiritual leaders, and scholars who may help us and even challenge us to think or practice in new ways. We recently learned of a set of videos that we would love to learn from, but the price is too high for our budget. Please let us know (rachel @ bethaam.org) if you’d like to donate them to us.
The weekly email and bi-monthly Chadashot newsletter would be so much happier if they had a “look” of their own. If you are a designer and could help us a couple ideas and then some custom code to make it a reality, we’d be very grateful. This project would be mostly on your own time, though might include one or two phone (or in-person) meetings with our synagogue administrator.
“Clynk” for Bet Ha’am. Pick up a green Clynk bag in our lobby, fill it with your recyclable bottles and cans, and drop it off at any Clynk center (often at Hannaford’s). Over the past years, we have received over $800 in Clynk donations–that sound makes us happy.
Do you shop Amazon? If you do, please sign up for Smile and choose Bet Ha’am (of course!) as your charity. Once you are signed up, each time you make an AMAZON purchase, a portion of the price will go to Bet Ha’am. Another way to give through Amazon is to follow our Wish List (“Bet Ha’am.”) Any books purchased from it will go right to our library. Having current books makes the library a great resource for our community and for people interested in learning more about Judaism.
Of course, you can always help out by donating. Click below to go to our credit card donation form.