Artwork by Tova Weinberger

Congregation B’nai Avraham
Virtual Benefit

August 2-5, 2020

Virtual L’Chaim
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
8-9 PM


The COVID-19 crisis has created some very difficult challenges for Congregation B’nai Avraham. We had to cancel our annual Gala, which accounts for one-third of the Shul’s annual operating budget.  Additionally, membership dues and donations are behind previous years, given that Shul activities have been on pause due to the pandemic. As a result, we face a critical need for support.

To help secure the future of our Shul and community, CBA will be holding a virtual Gala on Tuesday evening, Tu B’Av (15) August 4, 2020 (8-9 PM). The event will feature inspiring presentations and a Virtual L’Chaim.

The event will be preceded by 4 days of online fundraising. Our goal is to raise at least $150,000 – about 1/3 of the funds needed to run the Shul for a year. Proceeds will benefit CBA and Chabad of Brooklyn Heights, which are essential components of our community. Give now!


We are proud that this year’s Gala will honor the physicians in the CBA community, who have played a leadership role during the COVID-19 crisis. We are deeply grateful for their service to our community and our city.


Thanks to a group of generous sponsors, gifts will be matched 1:1.

So your gift will go twice as far in helping us meet our $150,000 goal.

Gifts of all sizes matter. Give today!


Below are some of the costs necessary to run CBA. Gifts of all sizes will make a difference!

$36,000 – Sustains the operations of the Shul for one month

$20,000 – Underwrites the High Holidays services, including a special guest cantor

$12,000 – Funds the maintenance of the Mikvah for one year

$10,000 – Provides Shabbos security for the Shul for an entire year

$8,000 – Sets the Brooklyn Heights eruv for one year

$5,000 – Presents a holiday party

$2,500 – Cleans the Shul for one month, to meet hygiene standards for COVID-19 OR Presents Zoom classes for one month

$1,800 – Sponsors a Shabbaton

$1,000 – Educates a child at the Heights Hebrew School for a  year

$550 – Buys tefillin for someone who cannot afford it

$275 – Feeds our neighbors through Stoop Soup for one week

$200 – Pays for one week of Tot Shabbat

$100 – Buys a siddur and Chumash for the Shul 

$54 – Buys a mezuzah for a community member in need

$36 – Buy a new siddur for the Shul’s collection

$5 – Sponsors one meal for Stoop Soup



Make your gift during our 4-day online fundraising drive (August 2-5, 2020). Gifts can be made online here.

Ready to give today? Give early by clicking here.



All donors
Will be invited to our Virtual L’Chaim.

Gifts of $275+ ($550+ for couples)
Will receive a gift basket to celebrate at the Virtual L’Chaim, including sparkling wine and other goodies!

Gifts of $1,000+
Will receive a gift basket, plus a print of Tova Weinberger’s painting of the Shul.

Will also receive a virtual ad at the Virtual L’Chaim on August 4. Your ad will be displayed during the event, and after the event on the CBA web site.

PLEASE NOTE – copy for
ads must be received by Thursday, July 30
. You can reserve your ad early by emailing John Bernstein at



At the Virtual L’Chaim, we will be showing video greetings from members of the shul. Help us celebrate! Please send a video greeting to John Bernstein at by Thursday, July 30.



Tova Weinberger is a Brooklyn based artist and actress.  Her parents have been contributing members for nearly 30 years, and she and her siblings have grown up in the Congregation Bnai Avraham Community.  Tova and her mother have collaborated on many Jewish paintings with Tova as painter and her mother as calligrapher.  The “Bless This Home” painting was not commissioned, but rather a product of the love they feel for this community. The original painting was gifted with to Penny and Stephen Rosen, the beloved founders of CBA.

We hope to see you there!