Kraft Educational Foundation

The Rabbi Jacob Kraft Educational Foundation was established in 1988 in memory of Rabbi Kraft, who served as the Rabbi for Congregation Beth Shalom from 1930 – 1970 and as Rabbi Emeritus from 1970 – 1987 with a brief hiatus during World War II when he was a chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1943 – 1946.

The Foundation furthers Rabbi Kraft’s life-long devotion to learning by funding educational programs to enrich the congregation and the community. These programs cover areas such as scholars-in-residence, congregational Kallahs, education for parents of Hebrew School students, continuing education and enrichment for teachers, scholarships for higher education and special programs like, religious camps and trips to Israel for children in the school. The fund initially raised approximately $250,000. An independent, rotating Board of Trustees governs the foundation.

Rabbi Jacob Kraft was a man of righteousness, wisdom, and love. His life inspired others to appreciate the true values in life and to achieve their full potential. He was a magnificent spiritual leader of our congregation and in our community. Through the foundation, Rabbi Kraft’s influence continues to be felt by present and future generations.

Board of Trustees:

Gary Harad, Chair (Email)
Rabbi Ellen Bernhardt
Steven Klein
Bethany Kutz
Myrna Ryder
Edward Sobel


Rabbi Naomi Levy
October 26 - 27, 2018
Friday, October 26
Shabbat Dinner, 6:00pm
(reservations required)

Friday, October 26
Shabbat Services, 8:00pm
Oneg following services

Saturday, October 27
Shabbat Services, 9:30am
Kiddush luncheon following services

The Bible Players
January 6. 2019

Sunday Morning, 11:00am

The Bible Players teach Jewish Values through improv games. Learners have fun and appreciate kehilla (community) and kavod (respect) for one another. Using games to teach how people should treat each other makes the values memorable and meaningful. The Bible Players have performed for college students, adults, high school students, religious schools, camps and for interfaith groups.

Lauren Belfer
March 10, 2019

7:00 pm

She will discuss her latest book "And After The Fire."

A New York Times-best selling author of "A Fierce Radiance" as well as Washington Post best novel, and first novel-"City of Light"-returns with a new powerful and passionate novel-inspired by historical events-about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives.

The book will be available for purchase with an opportunity to have it signed. The presentation will be followed by a dessert reception.


The Traveling Suitcase
April 14, 2019

7:00 pm
Dessert reception following presentation