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Supporting TBI
for generations to come

Mission

To establish and maintain the TBI L’dor Va’dor Foundation which will administer a pool of funds intended to financially assist TBI achieve its mission for generations to come.

Mission

To establish and maintain the TBI L’dor Va’dor Foundation which will administer a pool of funds intended to financially assist TBI achieve its mission for generations to come.

Since its founding in 1930, Temple Beth Israel (TBI) has developed as an institution with a rich history. It is both a not-for-profit organisation and a sacred community whose members practise a living Judaism.

The Tbi L’dor Va’dor Foundation’s mission is to inspire philanthropy and provide opportunities for the community to support TBI by making donations to the Foundation to ensure its’ strong financial future. You can make a real difference and ensure TBI continues to be the premier progressive synagogue in Melbourne for which it has always been renowned.

In addition to donations, the Foundation offers an opportunity to make a tangible and lasting gift through a gift in your will. Bequests enable future generations to benefit from progressive Judaism and to help secure TBI’s future. The TBI L’dor Va’dor Foundation recognises and honours those who have notified the Foundation of their intention to leave a bequest.

We value the generous support of our community and recognise that any contribution is significant to the future of TBI. Our community is extremely generous and we are very grateful for the support we receive. Every gift makes a difference.

For more information about how you may support the future of TBI, please contact us on info@tbifoundation.org.au or call our Foundation Chairman Robert Hershan or TBI President on (03) 9510 1488

Since its founding in 1930, Temple Beth Israel (TBI) has developed as an institution with a rich history. It is both a not-for-profit organisation and a sacred community whose members practise a living Judaism.

The Tbi L’dor Va’dor Foundation’s mission is to inspire philanthropy and provide opportunities for the community to support TBI by making donations to the Foundation to ensure its’ strong financial future. You can make a real difference and ensure TBI continues to be the premier progressive synagogue in Melbourne for which it has always been renowned.

In addition to donations, the Foundation offers an opportunity to make a tangible and lasting gift through a gift in your will. Bequests enable future generations to benefit from progressive Judaism and to help secure TBI’s future. The TBI L’dor Va’dor Foundation recognises and honours those who have notified the Foundation of their intention to leave a bequest.

We value the generous support of our community and recognise that any contribution is significant to the future of TBI. Our community is extremely generous and we are very grateful for the support we receive. Every gift makes a difference.

For more information about how you may support the future of TBI, please contact us on info@tbifoundation.org.au or call our Foundation Chairman Robert Hershan or TBI President on (03) 9510 1488

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By the time the Foundation Stone was laid in 1937, the founders of the synagogue had already invested a lifetime of energy and work into creating this community. This is the much abbreviated story of how Temple Beth Israel (TBI) was built, who built it and what we have achieved as a community, from 1930 to 2013.

The first gathering of those interested in Liberal Judaism took place on 1 April, 1930. Among those present were the sisters Ada, Belle and Millie Phillips with five others, under the chair of Ernest Levinson. Ada Phillips and Ernest Levinson were early presidents of the congregation, which changed its name several times before arriving at its current name, Temple Beth Israel, in 1937. This is the name inscribed on the foundation stone which was laid by Sir Isaac Isaacs, the Governor General of Australia. The President of TBI at the time was Dr Montefiore David Silberberg, who served 1932-1949, longer than any other president.

TBI was served by three short-term rabbis before the arrival of Dr Herman Sanger from Berlin in August 1936. Rabbi Sanger revolutionized Judaism in Australia by establishing a home for the German and Austrian Jewish refugees who fled Europe for these shores in the pre- and post-War periods. Including Rabbi Sanger, there have been only four Senior Rabbis at Temple Beth Israel in 83 years. Rabbi Sanger was succeeded by Rabbi Dr John Levi, Australia’s first native-born rabbi, an academic who carried out seminal research in the field of early Jewish settlement in Australia, and a significant ethical spokesman within Australian society. Rabbi Levi in turn was succeeded by Rabbi Fred Morgan, an American who was ordained at the Leo Baeck College in London and had served a congregation in the UK for several years before coming to Melbourne. Rabbi Morgan’s interests focused on community building, interfaith dialogue, and the study of midrash and contemporary Jewish thought. Rabbi Gersh Lazarow, an Australian who trained at Hebrew Union College in the USA, took over the post in August 2013. The Senior Rabbis have been supported by a number of assistant and associate rabbis over the years, including several female rabbis and two rabbinic couples.

In 1938 Dr Herman Schildberger arrived to take over the musical direction of TBI. He introduced the majestic music of Lewandowski to the congregation. Over the decades the community has been blessed with the input of several cantorial soloists and choirs, and in June 2012 we welcomed our first invested cantor, Michel Laloum, another native Melbournian who was trained in New York.

In the 1950s TBI seeded new synagogues in Kew and Bentleigh. Many of the other Progressive shuls around Australasia also owe their establishment to this congregation. The King David School was founded in the mid-1970s, and the first Israeli shaliach was brought to Melbourne to work with the newly-formed Progressive Zionist youth movement Netzer in the beginning of the 1980s. Through these initiatives and many others, TBI has become the flagship synagogue for the Progressive movement in this region of the globe.

TBI has provided direction to the Jewish community of Victoria and Australia in a number of other areas as well, including the introduction of bat-mitzvah and baby-naming ceremonies for girls, interfaith work with both the Christian and Muslim communities, active support for social justice issues such as Aboriginal reconciliation and refugee welfare, hands-on celebrations of Israel, multicultural forums and synagogue open-house events, adult learning opportunities, communal pastoral care programming and hospital visiting, and social networking. We have created dynamic and imaginative ways to celebrate the festivals, putting on major events that appeal to young families. Through all these activities, developed over our eight and more decades of existence, we have successfully aimed to marry tradition with innovation.

Rabbi Gersh Lazarow showing students from The King David School an illustrated Torah scroll during a recent visit.

The Rt. Hon Bob Hawke MP, Prime Minister of Australia opening the Isador and Ira Magid Centre in 1987.

The full history of the TBI Windows can be found at https://www.tbi.org.au/about/our-windows/

News

The L’dor Va’dor Foundation was established on the 26th October 2018.

The Foundation wishes to thank those who have already made donations the first of which was received on 23 April 2019 .

FAQs

The Foundation helps fund the major, long term capital development and programs of Temple Beth Israel.

1. Where do the funds go? The Foundation has been established to help fund TBI into the future. The funds are professionally managed by Credit Suisse and governed by the TBI Foundation trustees.
2. Are there any charges to donors associated with the Foundation? No
3. Are the Rabbi’s involved? The congregation Rabbis are involved in planning and utilising funds in some cases. They provide inspiration and direction for how the funds are used.
4. Is the Foundation a charity? Yes, The TBI Foundation is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission. For more information visit https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity
5. Who are the trustees are senior members of TBI with experience in raising funds and managing investments? The trustees are shown in the Trustee section of this website https://www.tbifoundation.org.au/trustees
6. Can I speak to someone about my donation? Yes, call TBI on (03) 9510 1488 and ask for the President of TBI.

Who

The TBI L’dor Va’dor Foundation Pty Ltd has five trustees who include the sitting TBI President and the Treasurer. Our current trustees shown here:

Robert Hershan

Daniel Sharp

Robert Sward

Craig Levin

Rebecca Silk

Alla Medownick

Email

TBI Foundation

76 Alma Road
St. Kilda
VIC 3182

(03) 9510 1448