For over 25 years, Beth Chaim has sustained and enriched Jewish life in Chester County, as the region’s only Reform congregation. More than half our members are from interfaith families. Congregants of all “ages and stages” come together in over 400 services and programs each year. As a community, we ensure that Judaism will endure, from generation to generation: nearly 100 Beth Chaim teens have become b’nei mitzvah in the past three years alone, and our Confirmation Academy is growing.
If we want to make our young congregation a “Home for a Lifetime” we must plan for our future. The From Generation to Generation Capital Campaign will provide the financial security to help Beth Chaim continue offering the experiences and programs that have made our congregation a unique center of Jewish life in Chester County and beyond.
Why A Campaign?
A recurring theme from our congregational visioning sessions is the desire to create a strong community and sturdy building. Dues, religious school tuition, building fund and donations do not cover our annual expenses for religious programs, education, administration, mortgage and building maintenance. We have carefully managed our expenses. Consistent with our core values, we have kept dues accessible, and we turn away no one because of their inability to pay. That has meant, however, we have no surpluses to fund a safety net. No cushion in the event of the inevitable unexpected expenses. Indeed, we have had to rely on our biannual gala and occasional special assessments just to balance the budget. This is not sustainable.
The Beth Chaim From Generation to Generation Capital Campaign is designed to solve this problem. Our goal is to raise $800,000, split into two accounts: an operating reserve and an endowment.