Membership

The synagogue is the heart and soul of the Jewish community. And it is our members that make up the welcoming, nurturing, exciting environment that is Congregation Beth Sholom.

Joining Congregation Beth Sholom is a commitment to family, to community, and to Judaism. Though the task seems great, the responsibility has numerous benefits. As you worship with us on Shabbat and holidays, as your children learn and grow together at Junior Congregation services and in Kadima and USY, as you develop life-long friendships with other synagogue members, and as you inspire the next generation of committed and talented Jews, you carry on the promise our ancestors made and the legacy our forefathers built.

And you can also have fun. When you join the Beth Sholom community, you will meet friends who feel more like family – and who genuinely enjoy sharing their lives with one another. In addition to the many formal committees within the synagogue, informal groups and activities keep popping up from the grass roots. Life at Beth Sholom includes a weekly multi-generational choose-up basketball game; guided hikes through nearby Palisades Park; family havurot; volunteering at the local soup kitchen; golfers known more for their bragging than their bogeying; the Abbas on Bikes cycling club; and periodic “FNPR” (For No Particular Reason) dinners at the synagogue coordinated by our Ruach Committee featuring karaoke, trivia contests, and other excuses to spend time together.

Membership at Congregation Beth Sholom is a sign of your commitment to sustaining and developing our community. We offer various membership levels to meet the needs of your family.

  • Family Membership includes couples, married or joined by civil union, each of the Jewish faith, and all of their unmarried dependent children of the Jewish faith who pay full annual dues (see dues structure for additional details), which are pro-rated throughout the year.
  • Individual Membership and Individual Parent Family Membership includes individuals and individual parents of the Jewish faith and all unmarried dependent children of the Jewish faith, who pay dues which are half the amount of the full membership dues.
  • Associate Membership includes any individual or family of the Jewish faith who wishes to support and maintain connection with Congregation Beth Sholom, but who is unable to participate as a congregant or is a bona fide full member in another synagogue. Associate Membership is determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sustaining Membership includes any former member of Congregation Beth Israel of Northern Valley, Inc., not becoming a member in any other category of membership at Congregation Beth Sholom.

Here is a breakdown of our 2013 dues structure. Please note: while dues are assessed on an annual basis, it is synagogue policy to work with individuals and families to see that finances not hinder anyone from being part of the Beth Sholom community. Requests for dues reductions are made at the discretion of the President or a designee.

You can also download a membership application.

Our community welcomes new members and encourages members to take an active part in the daily life of the synagogue family. Please contact the synagogue office with any questions regarding activities, committees, and other issues relating to membership.

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