Gift Card/SCRIP Fundraiser

We have expanded our Gift Card/Scrip program! You can order Gift Cards to hundreds of stores, restaurants, and hotels. Price Chopper has joined Stop & Shop, Adams, Hannaford and ShopRite in supporting our gift card program. While most stores support the temple with 5% of the proceeds, Adams has gone above and beyond providing a 10% return.

For those of you who still don't know about Gift Cards, it's an easy way to support the Temple's budget without spending an extra dollar. Everyone buys groceries and Gift Cards make it easy to shop.  Gift Cards can be the perfect gift for family, friends and teachers, as gift cards are always the right fit!  Don't see what you're looking for? Go online to for all the options. Purchasing Gift Cards can be done by calling or coming into the temple office using cash, check or charge (for purchases over $250). While we keep over a dozen stores on hand, all others can be ordered in just two weeks time.

It's easy as 1-2-3
1) Come in or Call the temple office
2) Buy Gift Cards for shops you frequent
3) Use it as you would any gift card 

Common questions

What are Gift Cards?  Gift Cards is an amazingly easy way to make a donation to Temple Beth-El just by shopping in the stores you already know and love.

How does it work?  Retailers, restaurants and supermarkets sell their gift cards to Temple Beth-El below face value (ie. Adams sells Temple Beth-El a $100 gift card for just $90). Temple Beth-El then sells it at face value to you, thus profiting the difference between the discount and the face value. (to stick with the above example, you pay $100 for the card with $100 value and Temple Beth-El profits $10, and you did your regular shopping). Therefore, it costs you, the consumer nothing!

Are Gift Cards worthwhile to buy?  Without question, Gift Cards is a very worthy fundraiser. Some people think it's just a few dollars from each purchase and while that is true, the Gift Cards program returns $15,000 to $18,000 to Temple Beth-El annually.

What happens to the money that Gift Cards raise? The money that is raised through Gift Cards is an integral part of the budget. This past fiscal year, Gift Cards raised 3.2% of the annual budget. Those funds went into the general operating fund. By contributing to this fund, it helps Temple Beth-El board members from having to raise the dues more than is absolutely necessary.

What shops participate in the Gift Cards program? We have Gift Cards to many national groceries, pharmacies, online retailers, book shops, coffee shops, department stores, restaurants, home improvement stores, movie theaters etc.

For a national listing of participating retailers please click on the following link:

Any store seen on this website, can typically be obtained in under 10 days. (see the next question on how to do that!)

For your convenience, we do our very best to keep the following participating retailers on hand in the Temple Beth-El office.

Aerie, Adams Fairacre Farms, Aeropostale,, American Eagle, Babies R Us, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Bonefish Grill, Borders, Build-A-Bear, Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, Chili's, Coldstone Creamery, CVS Pharmacy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dress Barn, Dunkin' Donuts, Express, Fashion Bug, Gap, Hannaford, Home Depot, Hyatt Hotels, iTunes, JCPenney, Kohls, K-mart, LL Bean, Lands' End, Lane Bryant, Lowe's, Macy's, Marriott, Marshalls/T J Maxx, Old Navy, Office Depot,, Panera Bread, Pier One Imports, Price Chopper, Red Robin, Regal Cinema, Rite Aid, Ruby Tuesday, Sally Beauty Supply, Sears, ShopRite, Staples, Starbucks, Stop & Shop, Subway, Talbots, Target, TGI Fridays, The Children's Place, Toys R Us, Walgreens.

How do I order/buy Gift Cards? To get Gift Cards you can come to the Temple Beth-El office at any time during business hours. Let the ladies in the office know you'd like to purchase Gift Cards and they will gladly help you. Or, stop by on Sundays during religious school hours to be helped in the lobby by one of our Gift Cards sales volunteers.

For faster service, you can call in your order to the office 454-0570 and let the office know what you would like to purchase and when you will be in and they will ready your order for pick up.

How can I pay for Gift Cards? Checks and cash are always welcome. You may charge Gift Card purchases to a credit card with a minimum purchase order of $250. Very few stores, such as Target, offer a low percentage to Temple Beth-El and due to credit card service fees paid by Temple Beth-El, we regretfully do not accept credit card payment for that store, and require check or cash.

What if I have a hard time remembering to buy Gift Cards? We have two easy options. One is to receive a monthly email reminding you that it's time to purchase your Gift Cards again. Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line "monthly gift cards reminder" and you will be added to the reminder list.

The second option is to email [email protected] with the subject line "Monthly Gift Cards Order" and in the body of the email, indicate which retailers and the amount you would like to have set aside for you monthly.(ie Price Chopper - $200, CVS- $100, Dunkin Donuts - $20) You may even set up an automatic monthly charge to your credit card (on orders over $250) through the Temple Beth-El office. You will receive an email letting you know when your order is ready for pick up. Orders can be altered as needed, but this system is best used for the shopping you know you'll do. Pick up can be done during business hours and on Sunday during Religious School. Special accommodations can be made as well.

How do I use Gift Cards?
Use as a gift card to give to friends, as a pre-paid card to give to your high school or college student, or as a way to purchase your own items.

Gift Cards are used just like any gift card you've ever been given. When asked for payment, swipe the gift card, or present it to the cashier. Funds on the card will help to pay the balance of your purchase, in part or in full. It's really very simple to use!

For example;
If Michael makes a purchase for $63 and has a $50 gift card that he pays with.The $13  balance can be paid to the retailer with cash, credit or check.

If Joshua makes a purchase for $76 and uses his $100 gift card to pay, the balance to the retailer is paid in full and a $24 value remains on the gift card, to be used at a later date.

I still have Questions that are unanswered here!Questions? Email Sharon Dolinko [email protected] or Jane Dworkin [email protected]

Keep in mind: -  Sorry, no refunds or exchanges  

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