A Note from the Senior Rabbi

Our rabbis taught that the construction of the Temple was not completed until everyone had contributed to the efforts, “each with a personal gift, according to the blessings that Adonai has bestowed upon you.”

Today, our synagogue continues to rely on the generosity of its members to sustain our sacred community and to ensure that it holds a central place in our lives for worship, Jewish education, and community. Together our Peninsula Temple Beth El community is strengthened by each and every one of us as we build our spiritual, emotional, and intellectual home now and for our future.

- Rabbi Dennis J. Eisner




What is Legacy Circle?

Legacy Circle members have declared an intention to make a gift after their lifetime (also known as an estate gift) to PTBE. They are recognized for future gifts that require NO COST today, and enjoy special events and opportunities to be with like-minded members who share their commitment to the future of PTBE.

Why give?

Legacy gifts support our endowment fund, which in turn secures our future. At PTBE we provide remarkable programs. A legacy gift is a chance for you to make it your legacy to support your family, friends, and community in these special Jewish experiences.


Anyone who wishes to give, whether it be through a will or living trust, life insurance, or qualified retirement plan, becomes an integral part of PTBE's Legacy Circle. For more detailed information please email Endowment’s Legacy Committee or phone (650) 341-7701.


Annual Giving

Chai is the Hebrew word for life and the number 18. Chai Giving is about making life the best it can be for our PTBE families! It provides a way for us to contribute annually as a community.

Why give?

While membership dues and fees make up a substantial portion of the yearly operating budget, the rest must be secured in other ways. With your support each fall, we can maintain and build on our full range of meaningful worship services and events led by exceptional clergy; innovative educational opportunities; dynamic Jewish cultural programming; connection and caring for our families; and fulfillment of our commitments to tikkun olam (repairing the world), K'lal Yisrael (Jewish peoplehood), and membership to all who wish to join regardless of ability to pay full dues or fees.

All members are asked to participate at whatever level is comfortable. Our goal is for every member of the congregation to fulfill the mitzvah and honor of tzedakah through Chai Giving.


Our pledge period each year begins in September and lasts until
December 31. Donate Today!


60 years ago, a small group of visionary families built PTBE as a Reform Jewish community that was egalitarian, social-action based, modern and enduring.. This community has grown and thrived and in the process we have outgrown our current buildings! Physically and functionally we are not able to serve our members as well as we would like.  From surveys, parlor meetings, and strategic planning we have built design scenarios that reflect our community’s stated desires and 21st century needs.  We are in the process of raising funds to rebuild our community.


We are raising funds to rebuild and expand our temple facilities. Bonim B'yachad has continued to be a highly successful community undertaking, but there is much more we could do with additional gifts.

Why give?

Our community has thrived and grown, and in the process we have outgrown our current buildings! Physically and functionally we are not able to serve our members as well as we would like. The Bonim B'yachad project plans include an expanded main sanctuary, renovated social hall, additional chapel, and new classrooms and meeting spaces.



This campaign is about YOU. Be a part of this once-in-a-generation opportunity. Please consider making a multi-year pledge for your family's future. For more information contact Lorna Siepser, 650.740.3902, or Rabbi Eisner, 650.341.7701.


To rebuild our site as a beautiful, functional, and spacious home that will accommodate the 21st century spiritual life of our community.


They shall not appear before Adonai empty-handed, but each with a personal gift, according to the blessings that Adonai
has bestowed upon you.
— Deuteronomy 16:17

Peninsula Temple Beth El

An Extraordinary Community.