A Reform Congregation Since 1885

Yom Shabbat, 27 Av 5777


Window3Donations to Congregation B'nai Israel are gratefully accepted. Our membership dues cover only the minimum annual expenses, not the full costs of running a temple. Additional contributions are always needed to help keep our activities going.

Donations of money can be by either check or cash. Donations can also be made in other forms such as property or securities.

Donations to temple programs can be a meaningful way to congratulate friends on simchahs or show you care in time of sorrow. When you make a gift for some special purpose such as honoring a happy occasion, offering appreciation or good wishes, or remembering a deceased friend or relative, a card is sent to the recipient family and your gift is acknowledged on our website and in our annual Bulletin.

When you donate, you may designate that your gift go to the temple's General Fund or to one of the other existing named funds (listed below). Or you may choose some other expression such as buying the flowers for a service or sponsoring some particular event. You could even establish your own named fund!

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General Fund: These funds are used for the operating expenses of the temple.

Building Fund: This fund is used for renovations and improvements to the building.

Cemetery Trust Fund: Contributions are used for endowment of the cemetery. Checks should made payable to B'nai Israel Cemetery Fund.

Jack and Esther Altfeld Lindy Trust Fund: This fund is used for temple maintenance expenses.

Pritzker-Rauch Youth Scholarship Fund: This fund is used to assist children with summer camp and Israel trips.

All contributions to funds should be mailed to Mike Silver at the address below. Checks should made payable to Congregation B'nai Israel except for the Cemetery Trust Fund, as indicated above. Contributions will go to the General Fund unless otherwise specified.

Your contributions are appreciated. Please use our donation form (click here) and mail to:

Congregation B'nai Israel
P.O. Box 10906 
Jackson, TN 38308


We gratefully acknowledge the following donations for 5777.

High Holy Days

Mari R. Livingston (in memory of her parents, Janice Axelrad Rosenbloom and Joseph Lee Rosenbloom, Jr., and her grandparents, Rebecca and George Axelrad)

Brenda & Chip Rayman (Cleaning of white Torah covers for High Holy Days)

Barbara Doliner Conley (Bimah flowers (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)

Janet Silver (Yizkor Book printing)

Jerold & Karyn Waxman (Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund - High Holy Days)

 Amy, Richard, & Joshua Greenberg

Richard Mash (High Holidays Donation for a future Aperitif)

Joel & Joan Newman

Scott Denaburg

Janet & Mike Silver

Howard & Anita Taradash (Lindy Altfeld Fund - High Holy Days)

Alice M. Cherqui

Zane Ellen Kay

Muriel Zager (Lindy Altfeld Fund - High Holy Days)

Toby Altfeld & Lynne Zager (Lindy Altfeld Fund - High Holy Days)

Scott Denaburg (in honor of Rabbi & Linda Kaplan for a great job during the High Holy Days)

Eugene & Nancy Shapiro (in appreciation for our warm welcome at our Yom Kippur observance)


High Holy Days 5778

Mari Livingston (in loving memory of her grandparents, Rebecca & George Axelrad, and her parents,  Janice & Joseph Rosenbloom, Jr.)



 Matthew Kisber (in memory of Jane Kisber)

Dr. Charles Denaburg (in memory of Laura Denaburg)

Scott Denaburg (in memory of Jonas Kisber, Jr.)

Janet & Mike Silver (in memory of Jonas Kisber, Jr.)

Scott Denaburg (in memory of Harry Gorman)

Tim Hulbert (in loving memory of his wife)

Matt Kisber and family (in memory of Jonas Kisber, Jr. and in appreciation of the love and support that was extended to Jonas and to the Kisber family)
Barbara Doliner Conley (in memory of Jonas Kisber, Jr.)
Donna L. Halper (in loving memory of her parents, Bea & Sam Halper)
Joel & Joan Newman (in memory of Jonas Kisber, Jr.)

Anita Taradash (in memory of Fannie Stell Lindy, Irwin Freedman, Frieda Friedman, Helen Lindy, Aaron Lindy)

Harold & Shirley Freedman (in memory of Frieda & Irwin Freedman)

Robin Vinegar (In memory of her father, David Richman, who was a dedicated regular
and was remember by all for his enthusiastic renditions of the prayers and chants delivered from his seat in the back of the sanctuary.
He has been gone for 24 years and is stilled loved and missed by all who knew him.)
Suzanne A. Gronemeyer (in memory of her husband, Ellis Delin) 


 Rucker & Sherry Wheelis (in honor of Scott & Karen Denaburg, Reilly & Max Denaburg (with love and honor to God in this holiday season)

Ronnie O'Mell (in honor of Rabbi John Kaplan)

Barbara Doliner Conley (in honor of the 1st Anniversary of Pam & David Cohen)

Barbara Doliner Conley (in honor of Rabbi John and Linda Kaplan's grandchildren)

Cemetery Fund

 Linda Stoltz (to honor the memory of Jeffrey Stoltz on the first anniversary of his death - March 1, 2016)

Building Fund

 Janet and Mike Silver (in honor of the college graduation of Lisa Silver)

General Fund & Other Donations

 Barbara Doliner Conley (Rabbi's Discretionary Fund - RIFA)

Scott Denaburg (in appreciation of the Rabbinotes)

Sidney & Carol Franklin (in appreciation for welcoming them into our congregation for services)

Vonda Borden (offerings to support her Christian belief "that God wants us to bless his Jewish people")

Susan Hemby (She blessed God and our congregation with her tithe and with wishes for a wonderful New Year.)

Barbara Doliner Conley (Bimah flowers for January 6 service - in memory of her mother, Lillie Doliner)

Harold & Beckie Smith (Bimah flowers for February 3, March 3, June 2 services)

Jo Anne Henson Smith 

Brenda & Chip Rayman (memorial service for Barry Tuchfeld - Rabbi Kaplan honorarium)

Janet & Mike Silver (to benefit the "Sweet Words of Torah" singing and musical group - in appreciation for their wonderful singing and inspiring concert)

Susan Hemby (in appreciationf or a warm acceptance and for the prayers for her mother)

Corinne Arnold

Sarah E. Martin (in appreciation for attendance at the Seder)

Brenda & Chip Rayman

Sherry Gorman and Joseph Forlizzi (in appreciation of the welcoming attitude and affection they receive from our congregation)

Agape Christian Fellowship (Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Seder presentation by Rabbi John Kaplan)

Ed Gerson and Donna Bolyard-Gerson (in gratitude for our hospitality in allowing them to observe their parents' Yahrzeits at B'nai Israel)

Barbara Doliner Conley (for the speedy recovery of Sid Bronfman)