Charitable Giving Funds
There are many ways to support Temple Beth Torah. If financial support is an option for you, here is a list of the different funds at Temple Beth Torah. You can donate online or contact the TBT office and donate over the phone.
Apply your donation to the greatest area of need.
Annie Shapiro Torah School Fund
Created by Shirley Shapiro Radding (z”l) and Perry Shapiro (z”l) in memory of their mother, this fund underwrites Torah School tuition for families.
Bank Family Library Fund
Named in memory of Temple Presidents Ron (1943) and Myra Bank (1948), this fund, created by daughter Paula Reach, allows us to acquire contemporary Jewish books and classic Jewish texts, keeping our library relevant.
Bona and Larry Press Fund
This arts and enrichment fund, established by Bona (z’l) and Larry Press (z’l), supplements Torah School.
This fund supports programming for Temple’s Brotherhood.
Supports ongoing maintenance, repair and improvement of our Temple buildings.
Cantor’s Music Fund
Supports Cantor Robin in special projects and needs to enrich temple’s music in worship, Torah School education, choir, professional growth and more.
Dressler Shiva Platter Fund
Named in memory of her husband Harold Dressler, temple president in 1972, by Selma Dressler, this fund allows Temple to send a deli platter to our members’ homes for shiva, sustaining a family at a time of loss.
Educator’s Discretionary Fund
Supports Cliff Wilcox, as Director of Education, giving him discretionary resources to benefit Torah School projects or families.
Donations help with temple expenses, under the guidance of the TBT Board of Directors.
Harris TBT PreSchool Fund
Created by Harvey and Jessica Harris, this fund grows resources for the Jewish Pre-School class of Children’s World.
Jewish Film Festival
Started in 2003, TBT has created and sustained an annual Jewish Film Festival, that, with donor support, brings quality films and speakers to the Ventura Jewish community.
L’dor V’Dor Capital Campaign
Renovation of Temple Sanctuary, Entry, Sidewalks, Entrance and Parking Lot
Meister Youth Trip to Israel Fund
Created by Larry and Barbara Meister, this fund helps fund summer and semester programs for Temple teens to experience Israel. In recent years, this fund has help underwrite our bi-annual, Religious Action Center’s teen program in Washington, D.C., to learn Reform Jewish Social Values.
Murray Lieber Helping Hand Fund
Created by Murray Leiber (z”l), this fund is an immediate assistance fund for those experiencing hardship with basic needs.
Pavin Building Maintenance Fund
Established in memory of Jack Pavin, two-time temple president, this fund helps with the physical upkeep of our temple buildings.
Rabbi Lisa’s Discretionary Fund
Supports Rabbi Lisa in helping individuals, programs or organizations that need financial support, consistent with Temple’s values.
Social Action Committee Fund
These funds either support programs that the committee is actively involved in, or allows the Committee to give tzedekah for social justice causes that reflect Reform Jewish values.
TBT Legacy Fund
Ensures the future of our Reform congregation, and the vibrancy of Jewish life by providing long-term financial security for TBT’s religious, educational, community-oriented programs, our facility and staff.
Torah School Campership Fund
Helps provide temple children unique Jewish camping experiences.
Torah School Scholarship Fund
Helps underwrite Torah School expenses for Torah School families.
Worship & Celebrations Fund
This serves as a discretionary fund for the Ritual committee to utilize to plan special celebrations for Jewish holidays and Shabbat.
Women of TBT
This sisterhood fund supports programming for Temple women.
Youth Activities Fund
This fund helps underwrite programming for our youth programs through VCTRY (grades 9-12), Junior VCTRY (grades 6-8) and Mini-VCTRY (grades 3-5).