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Campaign to Ensure Our Future FAQ's

Campaign to Ensure Our Future FAQ's

  • As with congregations across the United States, TBK has been affected by demographic and financial challenges. While the continuing support of our longtime members is notable, the aging and declining Jewish population trend in the Rochester area has resulted in decreased TBK membership levels and inadequate resources,
  • We are conducting this campaign to lay the groundwork for Temple B’rith Kodesh future.  Our campaign goal is $5 Million.
  • In addition, the immediate success of the campaign will strengthen our ongoing operations, repair and renovate key infrastructure and building needs, maintain access to the extraordinary levels of rabbinic care and attention and grow programs and activities our members value and enjoy. 

How will funds raised from the campaign be used?
What specific building /renovations and repairs are needed?

Does TBK have a balanced budget?
Why not make more reductions in our expenditures?
What are the Temple’s membership levels?  Why can’t we get more new members?

Will TBK continue to fundraise during the campaign?
Will you accept a planned gift to support the campaign?
Will you accept credit card payments?
How long will I have to pay off my pledge?

How will funds raised from the campaign be used?

Contributions to the campaign are placed in a Fund for the Future in the TBK Foundation. We anticipate that the funds will be used in the following way:

30 percent will be used for critical building and infrastructure needs
Income from the remaining 70 percent will support our ongoing member services and innovative programs.  As we receive more and more payments on pledges, the amount generated by this fund for ongoing needs should increase from year to year.

What specific building /renovations and repairs are needed?

Critical short term infrastructure needs include:

Parking lot repair and sealing
Lighting upgrades and window repair and replacement (energy efficiency)
Replace old telephone system and add additional security enhancements 
Roof replacement
HVAC replacement

Does TBK have a balanced budget?

The 2018-19 Budget approved by the Congregation is balanced, but factors outside of TBK's control (e.g. grant funding) have already changed since that approval and will add financial stress to the 2019-19 budget year.  Fortunately, the improved financial systems put in place during the past two years will allow us to closely and accurately monitor utilization of the budget.

Why not make more reductions in our expenditures?

The process of looking for budget efficiencies and opportunites for savings is ongoing.  However 70% of our budget is staff-driven; we are already a very lean organization.  The size of the congregation requires a two rabbi model.  The size of our building and the large number uses  (our own as well as those of our paid tenants and renters) a community space necessitates staffing to make sure we can meet all needs.

What are the Temple’s membership levels?  Why can’t we get more new members?

We currently serve about 800 membership units representing approximately 1,600 individuals.

We continue our efforts to attract new members.  One of the things that we are confident will have a positive impact is the recent introduction of our voluntary commitment model, which changes from a "dues system" to a relationship where members Give From Their Heart.  Click here to learn more.

Will TBK continue to fundraise during the campaign?

Yes, revenue from things like the RPO Concert and the High Holy Days Appeal will continue. They are used to fund annual Temple services and operations and will be necessary going forward.

Will you accept a planned gift to support the campaign?

Planned gifts are a wonderful addition to any program and we welcome them.

Will you accept credit card payments?

Of course. As with membership dues, credit card payments are welcome.  If you are using a credit card, we ask that you consider covering the 3% charge we incur, but that is voluntary.

How long will I have to pay off my pledge?

In order to provide the flexibility to allow our supporters to be as generous as possible, we ask that pledges be completed within five years. Also a donor who has other obligations may choose to begin payment at a later date.