Tzedakah and Chesed
צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף לְמַ֤עַן תִּֽחְיֶה֙ וְיָרַשְׁתָּ֣ אֶת־הָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ נֹתֵ֥ן לָֽךְ
Justice, justice shall you pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20)
על שלושה דברים העולם עומד-על התורה, ועל העבודה, ועל גמילות החסדים
The world stands upon three things: on Torah, on worship and on charity
(Pirkei Avot 1:2)
B'nai Adath relies on the Tzedakah, Chesed and donations given to us by our members, friends and allies.
Your gift ensures that we can continue to be a kehillah kedoshah for community, prayer, song and learning while, with your help, we rebuild our synagogue. Once rebuilt, our synagogue will not only be a place where our community gathers, but a place where we will welcome all for learning, strength and joyous song. We look forward to the time when we can reopen our kitchen to feed the hungry and store clothes and blankets to clothe those who are in need.
Donations may be made online to the funds we describe below, or by check sent to B’nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael, and sent to Deborah Mack, BAKBY Treasurer, PO Box PO 330652, 1915 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Donations will be used toward all expenses directly or indirectly relating to our rebuilding efforts, including (among other related efforts) all design and construction costs, as well as costs needed to hold our congregation together while we rebuild.
Donations will be applied by B’nai Adath to our most pressing current needs.
Donations will be used toward our general operating expenses. These expenses include, among others, our expenses to enable live-streaming of our services, our study sessions, and the other ways we come together as a community during this pandemic. We pray that the pandemic will end quickly and we will be able to meet in person when this fund will go toward our leasing of space where we can meet together. The fund goes to all other expenses needed for our daily operations and to pay our outstanding debts.
Even in our current homeless state, B’nai Adath has continued to help others through our annual coat drive and by helping people in extremis. Donations to our Tzedakah fund help us with these efforts. These efforts are critical to us as they mean that we are not only in a position where we need to ask for Tzedakah, but that we ourselves are able to give it to others in fulfillment of the mitzvah:
וְלֹ֧א יֵֽרָאֶ֛ה אֶת־פְּנֵ֥י יְהֹוָ֖ה רֵיקָֽ אִ֖ישׁ כְּמַתְּנַ֣ת יָד֑וֹ כְּבִרְכַּ֛ת יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ אֲשֶׁ֥ר נָֽתַן־לָֽךְ:
"You shall not appear empty-handed, but with your own gift, according to the blessing that God has bestowed upon you" (Deuteronomy 16:6-17)