Temple Beth Ami Financial Aid

Starting in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019), Temple Beth Ami is instituting a new process for financial aid meant to best meet the needs of our families experiencing financial hardship. The biggest operational change will be that congregants will need to submit a financial aid request form by June 30, 2018, preferably electronically. All congregants requesting aid are required to fill out the request each year.

Note that the deadline for requests is prior to your receiving your actual bill; therefore as part of filling out this form you will be guided through the process to estimate it. Your estimated bill is automatically computed as you complete the worksheet area of the form.

Please be sure your current year’s (2017-2018) commitment is paid in full; we cannot discuss the new year until the past year’s commitment has been met. Please continue to pay, in July and August, the monthly amount you were paying this past year.  When the adjustment process is complete, these payments will be factored into the new monthly amount due. 

All forms will be reviewed together by the full Financial Secretaries Committee rather than by a single person. Names and other personal identifying information will be removed before the review by the full committee to ensure anonymity. The ENTIRE request form must be completed in order for it to be considered for financial aid.

Please consider your actual need when making your request this year to ensure that we are able to adequately meet the needs of congregants who demonstrate the need for assistance. Distribution of aid will stop once the funds allocated to financial aid in the annual budget have been exhausted. 

We have also moved to a system where e-mail correspondence and the request form go through a central e-mail address (FinAid@bethami.org) rather than through individual secretaries. We hope that with these changes, the distribution of financial aid will be more efficient.

We know that change can be unsettling and ask that you work with us to benefit both you and the congregation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this new financial aid process, please feel free to reach out to us at your convenience.

Thanks!

Carol S. Martin, Financial Secretary Chair
Burt Feldman, Financial Secretary Vice-Chair

  • All congregants requesting financial aid must follow the steps below:

    1. You MUST have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order for the form to open and operate correctly.  The form will NOT work on an iPAD but should work on other Macs.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can download the reader for free at https://get.adobe.com/reader/?promoid=KSWLH
    2. All congregants requesting financial aid MUST fill-out the ENTIRE form.
    3. Right Click here to download the form
      1. From the menu that pops up, select “Save link as…” or “Save target as…” or Download linked file…” or “Download linked file as…” (Which one you select will depend upon on your browser and whether you are using a PC or Mac.)
      2. Save the file to your Desktop or to your Documents folder where you can find it. The name of the file is TBA_Application_for_FY2019_Financial_Aid.pdf
      3. To open the file, you must use Adobe Acrobat Reader. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is your default .pdf reader, all you need to do is to double-click on the file name.  It Adobe Acrobat Reader is not your default .pdf reader, then:
        1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader
        2. Click on “File”
        3. Select “Open”
        4. Navigate to the location of the form file and select it.
    1. Complete the form in its entirety.
    2. After completing the form:
      1. Save it on your local computer
      2. E-mail it as an attachment to FinAid@bethami.org by June 30. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting the form.  If you can’t e-mail it, you can print it out and mail it to Financial Aid Secretary Committee, Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Road, Rockville, MD 20850
    3. If you have any questions, please e-mail FinAid@bethami.org.