Jul 1, 2012
Donor Offers Matching $5000
Rabbi Motty Lipskier says The Beis Medrash in Crown Heights is contemplating ending its lease at the Crown Condos. UPDATE: Businessman Yerachmeal Jacobson pledged to match donations up to $5,000.
21 months ago my wife and I opened The Beis Medrash, a Torah learning center in Crown Heights offering men and bochurim a bright and comfortable place to learn, farbreng and gain a feeling of camaraderie. Encouraged by the success of TBM for men, my wife Chanel and Mrs. Dvora Lakein launched The Women’s Circle which was met with enthusiasm by the women of Crown Heights- a clear indication that it is filling a real need. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. Of course we owe it all to the generosity of so many who make it possible.
Last week, we circulated an email in which we shared an “open book” of our accomplishments and expenses over the past 21 months as well as our urgent and future goals and the funds required to support them. View here. http://www.thebeismedrash.com/blog/ We also clarified our desire to keep TBM’s doors open at 580 Crown (as opposed to relocating); and that we’d need financial commitments in order to accomplish this.
Our email was met with enthusiasm and tremendous generosity by many dedicated TBM regulars as well as the community at large. But we are still in need of $759 in monthly commitments for fixed expenses (see breakdown for details). We have only a few days until we have to decide whether we can sign a two- year lease for the space at 580 Crown, or not. Let’s make this happen!
I am asking for your help:
Would you consider a monthly contribution to support this worthy cause? I assure you that your contribution will bring you nachas- you need not look far! Simply step into TBM any weeknight and feel the energy as a room full of men of all ages sit and learn Torah.
Yesterday’s Hayom Yom could not be more applicable:
"אלע אידישע עלטערן וועלכע באדארפען האבען א ספעציעלע ישועה און הצלה פאר זייערע קינדער, איז דער זיכערסטער מיטעל צו שטיצען תורה לערנער" --היום יום ט' תמוז
The greatest guaranteed assurance (of Divine assistance) for all Jewish parents in need of special help and deliverance for their children is through their support of those who study Torah.
To join in our efforts by setting up a monthly contribution or to make a donation of any size, please visit our website: TheBeisMedrah.com/Donate. Or mail your contribution to The Beis Medrash 1650 Carroll Street Brooklyn, NY 11213.
To dedicate a shiur, a farbrengen, a day, a week, or a month of learning in honor of a simcha, yortzeit or any occasion, please click here www.thebeismedrash.com/donate.
Rabbi Baruch Mordechai (Motty) Lipskier
UPDATE (Monday, 3:37 PM):
Since posting this above letter last night on COLlive.com about The Beis Medrash (TBM) in Crown Heights and its financial situation, there has been immediate progress.
Rabbi Lipskier just got a call from Yerachmeal Jacobson, a real estate executive and owner of Bluejay Management LLC. "We saw the article on COLlive," Jacobson opened the conversation.
"The Beis Medrash is a tremendous asset to our community and we'd like to make a dent in the fundraising goal, especially considering that it is Yud Beis Tammuz- an opportune time to strengthen Torah study," the Crown Heights resident said.
Jacobson and his wife Rivka Leah are offering to match donations received in the next 24 hours up to $5,000. With the monthly deficit at $9,481, Jacobsons' goal of raising $10,000 will cover a complete month at the Beis Medrash.
"I am very grateful to the Jacobsons for this show of support - on behalf of all the people who are throwing themselves into this project with passion and enthusiasm to make The Beis Medrash survive and thrive," said Rabbi Lipskier.
In order to meet Jacobsons' offer, the Beis Medrash needs to raise $4,098 by Tuesday afternoon ($902 was donated since last night). Every donation counts, no matter how small, Lipskier says.
Join the effort at thebeismedrash.com/donate