A contribution to Congregation B’nai Israel is a meaningful way to express affection or appreciation for an individual at an important occasion. Tribute gifts can acknowledge births or deaths, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, Yahrzeits, professional accomplishments, and other special events.  The donations help support the many educational, musical, spiritual and community activities and services that are a part of our synagogue life.

We welcome your gift to Congregation B’nai Israel. Tributes can be made in the amounts of $10, $18, $25, $36 or higher.

Here are some ways to give and programs to support:

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Blanche Bayar Religious School Fund

Donations to this fund are used to support the CBI’s award-winning religious school.

Capital Development Campaign Fund

This fund finances improvements to our building and facilities.  Pledges are typically paid over five years.

Clergy Discretionary Funds Enable our Clergy members to help congregants in times of need and support projects of special interest, both within the congregation as well as in the wider community.

  • Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund – This fund allows congregants to honor our clergy and provide for anonymous charitable giving and receiving, the penultimate form of tzedakah, according to Maimonides. Distributions made by the Rabbi from this fund are typically confidential and are made in the sole discretion of the Rabbi.

Cantor’s Music Fund – This fund is used by Cantor to support the wide variety of musical programming within the Synagogue.

Dr. Max Gruenewald Adult Education Fund

The Gruenewald Fund was established by the Board of Trustees to honor Dr. Max Gruenewald, CBI’s Rabbi from 1946-1970.  Donations support adult learning at the Synagogue, including classes and guest speakers.

Hedwig Gruenewald Early Childhood Center Fund

Donations to this fund are used to support CBI’s outstanding early childhood center.

High Holiday  Appeal

This annual campaign is the primary development initiative for the congregation.  The annual support of all congregants, parents, and friends is solicited by the Board, volunteers, and staff. Gifts to the Appeal help bridge the 25% gap between membership dues and actual operating costs. Gifts to the Appeal also make sure that the synagogue never has to refuse membership to anyone who wants to be a part of this community, whatever their financial means. All gifts are meaningful and very much appreciated.

In Memoriam

As part of High Holy Day observance, congregants can honor the memories of departed family and friends in our special “In Memoriam” Yizkor booklet.  Display copies are available in the lobby of the synagogue on Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur and again for Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot. The cost to list each person’s name is $6.00.  Information about adding names to the booklet is mailed each summer.

Library Fund

Donations to this fund are used to support the maintenance of the Rabbi Max Gruenewald Library and acquisition of new books and materials.

Max Alper Prayer Book Fund This fund provides for upkeep and replacement of the various prayer books used by the congregation on a daily, weekly and holiday basis. Dedication inserts are pasted inside the front cover of each book. The minimum donation to the fund is $54 for a prayer book and $75 for a Chumash.

Memorial Plaques

Congregation B’nai Israel has a tradition of offering memorial plaques to those who wish to remember loved ones in this customary manner.

  • Acrylic Yahrzeit Plaques are available for a $180 donation each and are hung in the Main Sanctuary above yahrzeit candles on the Sabbath preceding the Yahrzeit.
  • Bronze Memorial Plaques are available for a $2,000 donation each and are permanently hung in the Main Sanctuary.

Phyllis Magid Adult Forum Fund

Donations to this fund are used to support activities of CBI’s Adult Forum, which provides programming for congregants over the age of 60.

Synagogue Fund

The fund is used to supplement the operating income of the congregation, which is primarily comprised of membership dues. Gifts are allocated wherever there is the most need.

Tree of Life

Located in the original lobby outside the sanctuary and clergy offices, the Tree of Life provides CBI members with the opportunity to memorialize special family members and events.  Rocks are available for $5,000, Branches for $2,000 and Leaves for $360 each.

Yahrzeit Donation Fund

CBI offers a memorial prayer during Kabbalat Shabbat preceding the Yahrzeit for departed loved ones. It is traditional for members to make a memorial contribution for the Yahrzeit.  The Clergy Office mails Yahrzeit reminders to members along with a self addressed envelope to facilitate Yahrzeit donations.

Youth Programming Funds

Several funds have been created to support Conservative Jewish programs for the youth of Congregation B’nai Israel.

  • Burk-Mendlovitz Youth Fund – Supports general activities and professional staff of CBI’s three primary youth groups: USY, Kadima and Chaverim.
  • HannahBlum Cogan USY-Kadima Fund – Supports youth programming at CBI, including USY, Kadima and Chaverim, such as conventions and trips.
  • GrayRamah Scholarship Fund – Supports scholarships of children of CBI members to attend or work at Camp Ramah.

To make a DONATION NOW, please use our convenient Online Tribute Form.

To donate securities, please download the CBI Securities Transfer Form.

Or, if you are not a member of CBI,  please download our  Tribute Order FormPlease include your phone number with the check, in case there is a need to contact you. Checks may be made payable to Congregation B’nai Israel and mailed to:

Congregation B’nai Israel

Attn: Harvey Brenner 160 Millburn Avenue Millburn, NJ 07041


Would you rather make your contribution by phone? Please contact the synagogue office at 973-379-3811.

Thank you for your generous support!