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This is a great time to consider membership at Congregation Beth Shalom. Our Senior Rabbi, Jill Borodin, and our Associate 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 online application form. If you would prefer to fill out a hard copy, you can use this PDF application form to print and send to us by fax at 206-525-5095, mail by snail mail, or you can 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?

The financial contributions of our members are essential to the day-to-day operations of our vibrant community. At Beth Shalom we use a “Fair Share” dues structure, and we ask all members to contribute 2% of their income as dues. This approach resonates with principles of fairness and justice that are central to our community. However, we never want finances to get in the way of anyone’s decision to join our community. Please reach out and talk with us if you have any concerns about dues.

Our 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.

To learn more about Fair Share dues at Beth Shalom, see our Fair Share dues brochure.

Here is a fillable form for setting your duesPlease save it to your computer first, then fill it out and use the built-in submit button. If you are sharing credit card information, please do so by calling us instead of sharing by email which is not secure. 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, though in 2021-22 it will be instead be used to help offset the cost of the technology that makes our virtual services possible.

In 2021-22, we are also asking members to pay a $250 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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