Below, please find financial information to help you understand the financial demands of sustaining our temple.
Each year, as we review our budget we ensure that we are able to continue serving our community at a high level. Our annual expenditures include the salaries of our staff – our outstanding clergy team, top-notch professional staff and fine teachers -- as well as the costs of our operating our beautiful building, debt service obligations, programming, security and other needs:
Pledge income is the largest portion (39%) of our congregation’s income. Every dollar of income is critical to providing programs and services to our members, given that our expenses slightly outpace total income.
The Sustaining Level is the average amount of member dollars needed to support our programs and services based on our operating budget and historical experience. The majority of our members (64%) pledge at this Sustaining Level. Those who are not able to pledge at the Sustaining Level strive to come as close as their finances allow. We welcome all congregants, and this inclusiveness enables those who cannot pay the Sustaining Level to participate and contribute as vital members of the Temple Beth El community. Sustaining Level commitments make up the largest portion of our Pledge base and ensure our financial stability.
Further details are available upon request. Contact Gennifer Kelly at [email protected].