Beth Emet - The Free Synagogue

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

How The Foundation’s “Covenant” Funds are Established

Over the forty years of the Foundation’s existence, many Beth Emet members have understood the increasing importance and impact of giving to Beth Emet, over and above their annual dues. Some congregants have made use of the Foundation as a vehicle to create their endowments. During the Beth Emet Capital Campaign of 2000, many members made generous donations to the Assuring Our Future Fund while others established new funds to perpetuate the memory of their loved ones, or to reflect their special interests. Foundation covenant funds are established with an initial gift of at least $25,000.00, and in consultation with the Rabbis and the president of the foundation. For each fund a covenant is established to provide ongoing direction and guidance to the foundation board before the income or principal of the fund may be dispersed consistent with the donor’s directions, as expressed in the covenant.

Building on the Foundation and Assuring our Future

In addition to the Assuring Our Future Fund, there are currently 24 covenant funds being administered by the Foundation. There are two different types of covenant funds. One is a perpetual fund, intended by the grantors to continue in perpetuity. The other is a self-liquidating fund which, through the disbursement of income and principal, has been designated by the grantors to liquidate within a specified period of time. Presently, an initial contribution or grant of $25,000 is the minimum initial amount required for the creation of a covenant fund. The grantors may, at the time of the establishment of a fund designate one or more purposes; that is, the program(s) or purpose(s) for which the contributions, principal, income and capital gains are to be utilized. The grantors may also designate, at the time of establishing the fund, whether the fund is perpetual or self-liquidating and whether only income, or a combination of income and principal should be utilized to provide support in furtherance of the covenant’s designated purposes.

For internal accounting purposes, each covenant fund is segregated and separately maintained so that its principal, interest, capital gains and the individual contributions which are specified for a particular fund are designated and calculated in an account separate from the other fund accounts. However, the board has determined that, in order to provide protection through diversification, the money within each fund will be “pooled” with money from similar funds for purposes of investment; the concept being to protect against the situation that, in the event there is a significant loss in a particular investment, one fund does not unduly sustain that loss, especially to the point where a fund may not be able to retain sufficient principal to generate the income necessary for intended future disbursements in furtherance of the fund’s covenant’s designated purposes.

Current Covenant Funds

Each of the covenant funds is an example of the largess of donors who wish to bestow a charitable gift that may have transformative effects upon a program, individuals or the congregation as a whole. Beth Emet’s annual concerts, scholarships to send our children to Israel or to Jewish camps, our annual scholar-in-residence, new and improved equipment and facilities in the religious school, special teachers for the religious school, preschool educational activities, and maintenance of the Eiger Garden illustrate just some of the programming and support that is vital to Beth Emet. All are supported by covenant funds created through thoughtful and generous gifts.

To make a donation to one of the funds online, please refer to the donate page of the Beth Emet website. View a full listing of the funds.

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  • Tzedakah and Tzpirits


    Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    To Benefit the Annual Mitzvah Campaign

    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to descri...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

 

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

  • Hollywood Imagery of Disabled Characters

    with Susan Nussbaum
    Sunday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.
    In recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, you won’t want to miss this unique eye-opening opportunity when the Beth Emet Incl...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

  • with Sara Yael Hirshhorn, David Shyovitz, and Lara Trubowitz
    Tuesday, March 3 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Antisemitism in the United States has been rising in dangerous and alarming ways. It comes both from elements of the pol...

  • with Mike Kuhn
    Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

    Parent, spend an evening in the kitchen with others learning new tips, tricks, and recipes to make your loved ones breakfast items for dinner. There will be time to enjoy...

  • Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading 5780


    Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

    This year’s Purim Spiel, Shmotown, brings a touch of Motown to Shushan for a soulful retelling of the Book of Esther. Come in costume to join in the fun.

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  • Through March 11, 2020
    “Vote Reform” in the World Zionist Congress (WZC) Elections. When you go to the American Zionist Movement website, scroll down to watch an informative video about how to vote. You must be a Jew...

  • Tzedakah and Tzpirits


    Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    To Benefit the Annual Mitzvah Campaign

    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to descri...

  • Purim Carnival

    Sunday, March 15
    10:00 a.m. – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Members with Special Needs - games and accommodations for children with special needs.
    10:30 a.m. – Purim Celebrations for Families with Young Child...

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Book of the Unknown Americans” by Christina Henriquez. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, February 14-June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class March 6, April 10, and May 15)
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will cont...

  • Thursdays, January 16, February 27, March 19, April 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

    Participants study as a small group of adults studies to become b’nei mitzvah together at Beth Emet. Requirements for Adult B’nei Mitzvah at Beth Emet...

  • with David Gottlieb
    Fridays, February 14 and 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl lived on the same block in Vienna for two years in the early 1900s. Yet these men, so deeply influenced by
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  • Jewish Vaudeville

    with Alan Teller
    Sunday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Distinct from Yiddish theater, Jewish vaudeville had its own flavor. Alan Teller grew up with a larger-than-life grandfather in the business — a guy who pulled quarters ...

  • with Claire Suffrin
    Fridays, February 28 and March 6 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This course will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary novels and poetry. We’ll consider exa...

  • with Rabbi Kenneth Berger
    Fridays, March 20 and 27 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Most of us think of the prayers that we recite every day and every Shabbat as prose. But many are beautiful poetic responses to our experience of God ...

  • with Sara Yael Hirshhorn, David Shyovitz, and Lara Trubowitz
    Tuesday, March 3 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Antisemitism in the United States has been rising in dangerous and alarming ways. It comes both from elements of the political Rig...

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