Brisbane Progressive Jewish SYNAGOGUE – from dream to reality
The story so far …
In February 2009, on the second anniversary of the founding of Brisbane Progressive Jewish Congregation, we launched our Building Fund. Our aim then, as now, was to reach a pledged goal to enable us to search and find suitable premises in which to hold our Shabbat and Festivals services, our educational and social functions, and to operate fully as a Congregation. We dreamed of a place with opportunity for further development, so that it could become Brisbane’s Progressive Jewish home – with cultural, recreational and study facilities, hosting like-minded Jewish organisations looking for a base from which to work.
To date we have received many generous donations and other tangible offers of support. To complete Stage One of our dream – the acquisition of a place of worship, a place of our own – we need to focus our efforts on fundraising. We have a BPJC Building Fund By-Law that has at its core the protection of contributions received, together with an undertaking to ensure that all donations received into it are used exclusively for building, fixtures and fittings. Our By-Law also requires a ten-yearly review of progress with fundraising. Any contributor is welcome to request an update on the status of the Fund from our Treasurer.
A road map to our new home …
In 2011, the Board agreed to renew our efforts in order to reach a significant milestone within the Fund’s first decade – the collection of sufficient funds to act as a deposit on a property.
Accordingly, in June 2011 our President wrote to all members and supporters outlining our approach to planning for this milestone, and seeking their support and commitment. The Board agreed to the following three-channel approach to raising sufficient funds:
- Members and supporters giving
- Jewish community giving
- Wider community giving
Jewish giving – tzedakah …
Tzedakah is more than charity. Tzedakah is based on the Hebrew word (צדק, tzedek) meaning righteousness, fairness or justice. It refers to the religious obligation to perform philanthropic acts, which Judaism emphasises are important parts of living a spiritual life. According to Maimonides,. the highest form of tzedakah is to give a gift, loan, or partnership that will result in the recipient supporting themselves, instead of living upon others. BPJC’s Board looks to members and supporters to help us move forward with tzedakah to enable the congregation to become self-sufficient.
Our call to tzedakah from within the BPJC community rests on three strategies – donations, pledges and bequests.
Donations – we will actively solicit donations to our Building Fund at all reasonable opportunities, including at membership application and renewal and also at our functions. Furthermore we will undertake specific fundraising activities from time to time through activities such as raffles and auctions.
Pledges – we will seek financial support from members and supporters through (non-binding) expressions of financial commitment – easily manageable by way of regular payments into the Congregation’s account. A standard regular contribution can be made by arrangement with the Treasurer. You can also download and send us a pledge form.
Bequests – Leaving a gift in your Will is the biggest way you can help support the growth and ongoing maintenance of Progressive Judaism in Queensland. The process is easy, and will make a world of difference to our vision for “A vibrant and enduring focus for Progressive Jewish life and thought in Brisbane”. Advice on, and suggested wording for leaving a bequest is in the Form of bequest.
How you can help …
In order to secure a permanent home for Progressive Judaism in Brisbane, financial support is most welcome, today, tomorrow and into the future. We plan to be as inventive as possible in securing precious funds in the search for a synagogue.
We are grateful for the generous donations we have received to date. All contributions, whether financial or otherwise, are most welcome. You can donate using the Paypal button at the bottom of this page. Or you can donate by cheque to BPJC and mailed to The Secretary BPJC, PO Box 799, Indooroopilly, 4068.
Recognition of Contributors
Contributors will be publicly recognised, unless anonymity is requested. Fund contributors are recognised in the following categories:
- Platinum – A donor of more than $50 000 in total contributions
- Gold – A donor of between $25 000 and $50 000 in total contributions
- Silver – A donor of between $10 000 and $25 000 in total contributions
- Bronze – A donor of between $1 000 and $10 000 in total contributions