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This is a great time to consider membership at Congregation Beth Shalom. Our Senior Rabbi, Jill Borodin, and our Assistant Rabbi, Paula Rose, are kind, compassionate and caring individuals who are committed to community building and strengthening relationships. They bring strong religious, moral, intellectual, and spiritual leadership to our congregation.

Members of CBS are entitled to all the services provided by our congregation including education (both adult and child), events and programs, the Rabbis’ counseling and services, use of the building for various Simchot (weddings, Brit Milah or baby naming ceremonies, B’nai Mitzvah, etc.), and participation in services for Simchot. Member rates (in some cases no charge) are available. Members receive the Ruach, high holiday seats, and are included in the membership roster. Beth Shalom welcomes all families and encourages individuals with questions of Jewish status to speak with our Rabbis.

Are you already a member, but want to give us additional yahrzeit or other lifecycle information?  Please contact us here.
To change the name on your member name tag or request a replacement for a lost or damaged tag, please use the Name Tag Change Request Form.

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Membership FAQ

How do I become a member?

To become a member, first fill out this application form. It’s a fillable PDF, which means you can type your answers on it directly. Please save it to your computer first, then fill it out and use the built-in submit button. 
(Not tech savvy?  Go ahead and print the form, fill it out, and fax it to us at 206-525-5095, or send it in by snail mail.  You can also scan and email it to us.)

Once we receive your membership application, we will be in touch with you to finalize your membership and dues. For a more detailed rundown of the membership process, click here.

What is the cost of membership?

Beth Shalom uses a “Fair Share” dues structure.  We ask all members to contribute 2% of their income as dues. Beth Shalom’s average cost for each member household is $2500 per year.  We’ll bill this average cost as dues until you have a chance to meet with us and set your dues.

Click here for more information on our dues structure.  And here’s a fillable form for setting your duesPlease save it to your computer first, then fill it out and use the built-in submit button. As with the membership form, you’re also welcome to print it and fill it out/mail it manually.

Are there other costs to join?

We ask everyone to contribute an annual $75 Kiddush Fee.  This money helps to underwrite our weekly Shabbat lunch.  In 2019-20, we are asking members to pay a $100 Fair Wage Surcharge to enable us to raise the wages of our lowest paid employees to a “living wage.”  We expect this surcharge to be in effect for a couple of years.

Are the costs set in stone?

Nope!  Our dues are “fair share” – this means if your income changes, up or down, you can and should adjust your dues.  We send out an annual support agreement every year in late April.  That’s a good time to change your dues if your financial situation has changed.  You can also let us know at any point during the year if an adjustment is needed.

I’m 30 years old. I’m still paying my student loans, and I can barely afford to pay rent.  How can I afford to pay synagogue dues?

Big mood, but don’t worry–we hear you! Beth Shalom offers a discounted rate for members 32 and younger.  Please refer to the second page of the Fair Share dues brochure to learn more. Beth Shalom has a strong cohort of young professionals, and we’d love for you to join us!

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Upcoming Prospective Member Events

 

Tuesday, September 17th, 6:00pm
New & Prospective Members are invited to meet Rabbi Rose and Executive Director, Carol Benedick. Stay afterwards for a High Holiday Prep class or check out our adult education schedule for a list of all High Holiday Prep classes.  RSVP by calling 206-524-0075 or email Lauren at the front desk.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Prospective Member Meet & Greet – Sunday, September 29th, 5-5:30pm
Be our guest at our Erev Rosh Hashanah Reception and Services.  Meet our Executive Director and learn about CBS membership.  Stay afterwards for “A Taste of Rosh Hashanah” and Erev Rosh Hashanah services. RSVP by calling 206-524-0075 or email Lauren at the font desk.

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