The Temple Beth-El Foundation provides financial support to Temple Beth-El for today and tomorrow. Sixty years ago, Temple Beth-El was entering its second half century. Five founding visionaries had the foresight to develop a fiscal safe haven to insure the Temple’s future financial health. The Foundation, through investments and sound fiduciary policy, today contributes to the ongoing operational needs of Temple Beth-El.

Each of the Funds in the Temple Beth-El Foundation tells a story about what was important to the people who established them. Our portfolio of Funds, General or Restricted, is a living testament to the generosity of the donors and to the meaning of Temple Beth-El in their lives.

Legacy Gifts are another way to be part of the Foundation’s work to sustain Temple Beth-El.

Read our 2020 Annual Report: The Stories Our Lives Tell. (Click on the photo to read the online flipbook.)

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Incorporated in March of 1960, the Temple Beth-EL Foundation’s mission is to perpetuate Temple Beth-El and Conservative Judaism by sustaining a strong endowment.

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Keith Abrams, President;
Seth Wolnek, Past President;
Jacob Halpern, Vice-President;
Arlene Fisher, Secretary;
Lisa Kianoff, Treasurer;


Barbara Brande;
Eddie Denaburg;
Rhoda Fleisig;
Arlene Goldstein;
Ken Grodner;
Lanning Kline;
Arthur Serwitz;
Joyce Shevin;
Toby Siegel;
Alan Weintraub;

Cathy Fingerman, Executive Director;
Office: 205-9332740 ext. 309
Mobile: 205-213-1025

2179 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205// (205) 933-2740 ext. 309
The Temple Beth-El Foundation is a 501c3 organization.

TBE Foundation History

In March 1960, the Temple Beth-El Foundation‘s Articles of Incorporation were filed at the Jefferson County Court House. The following is a list of the Foundation’s “Founding Fathers”:

  • F.W. Nichols
  • Max Greenwald
  • Arnold Royal
  • James Permutt
  • Marshall Gordon

The corporation was organized for the exclusive purpose of “the religious training and education of the members of the congregation of Congregation Beth-El.” This corporation was charged with conducting the following activities:

To collect, solicit and receive from persons, firms and corporations, by gift, lands, buildings, bonds, shares or corporate stock, life insurance proceeds and invest and manage the same and disburse, at the direction of the Director, all income and corpus of said gift exclusively for the purposes stated.

The year that the Foundation was incorporated, Temple Beth-El was entering its second half century. Those five “founding fathers” had the vision and energy to develop a fiscal safe haven to insure the Temple’s future financial health.

The Temple Beth-El Foundation is classified by the IRS as a Tax Exempt Supporting Organization. A supporting organization operates exclusively to support and be responsive to their supported nonprofit entity (TBE).

The TBE Foundation makes an annual allocation to TBE to support special programs, employee salaries, and operational expenses. The amount of this allocation is determined annually based on the amount of the Temple’s request, the value of the Foundation’s assets and the projected return on those assets (including interest, dividends and capital appreciation). With the expertise of investment management company Synovus Trust Co., the Foundation’s assets have enabled a generous allocation to Temple Beth-El each year. For fiscal year 2020, the Foundation’s allocation is $166,616.

The Foundation Funds: The Stories Our Lives Tell

Each of the Funds in the Temple Beth-El Foundation tells a story about what was important to the people who established them.

A new fund in the Temple Beth-El Foundation begins with a conversation and a pledge of $5,000 or more, payable over 3 years. Funds are categorized as either restricted or unrestricted.

Not ready to start a fund of your own? Contribute to an existing Named Fund (in any amount) or donate to a General Fund ($100 minimum). Tribute and memorial donations are acknowledged to the family and published in the Temple Beth-El Bulletin.

Unrestricted Funds, available for general use, are extremely valuable to the Temple Beth-El Foundation. Unrestricted Funds position us to be responsive to Temple Beth-El’s operating needs, enabling innovation, and providing fuel for programming, personnel, or other uses. Our portfolio of unrestricted funds is valued at $1.9 million as of June 30, 2020.

Restricted Funds contain money that can only be used for specific purposes. Restricted Funds provide reassurance to donors that their contributions are used in a manner they have chosen. These Funds represent an investment in our Temple totaling over $3.3 million as of June 30,2020.

Unrestricted Funds

  • Max and Lorayne Cooper Fund
  • Max Corenblum Fund
  • Israel Dombrow Fund
  • Louis Fleisher Fund
  • Malvin U. Goldstein Fund
  • Al & Sara Gordon Fund
  • Ted Levite Fund
  • Leonard & Pearl Lewis Fund
  • Anita & Julian Lichter Fund
  • Betty Redlich Fund
  • Elaine & Sigmund Rosen Fund
  • Margy & Albert Rosenbaum Fund
  • Razelle & Al Toranto Fund
  • TBE Rejuvenation Fund
  • General Foundation Fund
  • Montclair Residual Fund

Restricted Funds

Adult Programming/ Leadership

  • Suzanne & Howard Bearman Adult Education Fund
  • Brook Family Lay Leadership Fund
  • The Reva & Joe Engel Young Adult Engagement Fund
  • Charlotte & Paul Grodner Senior Adult Programming Fund
  • Sam & Faye Shafferman Adult Education Fund
  •  Meyer & Dorothy Shiland Adult Program Enrichment Fund
  • Joe & Morris Sirote Enrichment Fund

Beit Midrash

Mattenson-Mesch Beit Midrash Fund*

Beautification/ Maintenance

  • J.B. & Lynette Mazer Temple Beautification Fund
  • Alva Permutt Beautification Fund
  • Centennial Fund
  • Deferred Maintenance Fund

Cemetery/ Burial

  • Melba & Lige Epsman Cemetery Fund
  • Norris & Faye Friedman Cemetery Maintenance Fund
  • Bari Mazer Roseman Chevra Kadisha Fund*
  • Cemetery Funds (excluding value of cemetery lots owned by TBEF)

Clergy Support

  • Bonim B’Yachad: Building Our Future Together
  • Marjorie Lynn Perlman Clergy Fund

 Dues Assistance

  • Abrams Family Fund
  • AC & Rebecca Berman Dues Assistance Fund
  • Gladys and Karl Friedman Fiduciary Fund
  • Marie B. Majeau Dues Assistance Fund
  • Perpetual Dues Fund
  • Simon & Henrietta Wolf Dues Assistance Fund


Ike Kanter Simchat Torah Fund

Music & Art

  • Murray Saul Fisher Cantorial Fund
  • Cantor Akiva & Helen Ostrovsky Music Education Fund
  • Rabbi Culpeper & Irby Cohen Performing Arts Fund

Kiddush Luncheons/ Simchas

  • Etta Caine Kiddush Luncheon Fund
  • Ceitlin Family Kiddush Luncheon Fund
  • Laufman Family Kiddush Fund
  • Chaja Nagrodzki Simcha Fund
  • Sanders/Levey Family Fund
  • Yasher Koach Fund

Tikkun Olam/ Social Action

  • Bonfield Family Volunteer Recognition Fund
  • Maxine & Stanley Lapidus Special Projects Fund
  • Tenenbaum/Spielberger Tikkun Olam Fund

Religious School & Youth

  • Heidi and Martin Damsky Teacher Training Education Fund
  • Marissa Feigelson Award Memorial Fund
  • Roz & Victor Feigelson Religious School Fund
  • Kianoff & Katz Family Youth Activity Fund
  • Arnold & Florie Krell Childcare Fund
  • Lipsitz Family Education Fund
  • Rabbi Randall & Michelle Konigsburg Ramah Scholarship Fund
  • Jill Radwin Confirmation Trip Fund
  • Ruth & Joseph Sikora Children’s Education Fund
  • Seth & Michelle Wolnek Teen Enrichment Fund
  • Goldie & Sidney Ziff Education Fund
  • Bessie & Nathan Zivitz Ramah Scholarship Fund


  • Myron “Pete” & Ann Z. Cohen Aron HaKodesh Fund
  • Goldie & Sidney Ziff Torah Repair Fund

Technology/ Media

Charles & Esther Lee Kimerling Family Media Fund

 *New Fund Established in 2020.

“The Goal Isn’t to Live Forever; The Goal Is to Create Something That Will.”

A legacy gift is a planned donation to the Foundation that is received upon the death of the donor. These gifts cab be made through a will or trust, a gift of life insurance, or a gift of an interest in a retirement plan.

Including the Temple Beth-El Foundation in your final giving plans is a powerful statement about your values.

The following congregants have made the Temple Beth‐El Foundation leadership aware of provisions in their estate planning to include the Temple Beth‐El Foundation as a beneficiary.

Sidney Ziff Legacy Circle

Planned gift with minimum value of $36,000

    • Suzanne and Howard Bearman
    • Adrienne and Julian Brook
    • Candace N. Caine
    • Deborah Chargois
    • Caryn and Steven Corenblum
    • Charlotte and Max* Corenblum
    • Lisa and Alan Engel
    • Carol and Jimmy Filler
    • Rita* and Sol Kimerling
    • Ricki and Lanning Kline
    • Sheri and Jimmy Krell
    • Lynette* and J.B.* Mazer
    • Judith Michaelson
    • Micky and Stanley Rubenstein
    • Judith and Edwin A. Rutsky
    • Maxine Sklute
    • Sandy and Morton Stern
    • Nan and Phil Teninbaum
    • Ilene and Allan Wilensky
    • Goldie* and Sidney* Ziff
    • Melissa and Melvin Zivitz


  • Additional Testamentary Gifts

    • Betty Anfanger
    • Anonymous
    • Harold Apolinsky*
    • Bernard Axel
    • Faye and Sidney* Bernstein
    • Jerry Cherner
    • Ron Froehlich
    • Arlene and Milton Goldstein
    • Susan and Steven Greene
    • Colin Helman
    • Bettie Jaffe
    • Mary Kimerling
    • Ira Kline
    • William Lischkoff
    • Julie Marks
    • Amy Sanders
    • Shmuel Sanders
    • Diane and Howard Slaughter

    *of blessed memory

Have you already included a gift to Temple Beth-El Foundation in your estate planning? Thank you! We would love to recognize your gift and celebrate your generosity by personally thanking you. Email: