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Financial Commitment

Finances are never a barrier here! We can’t wait to get to know you and introduce you to your new community. 

Those under the age of 31 are eligible for free membership until one household member turns 31. Early Learning Center, Shwayder Camp, cemetery, and wedding fees are not adjusted for those with free memberships.

No one will ever be turned away from our congregation for inability to contribute. We ask that you support our congregation in a way that is significant and meaningful, with the intent of enabling our community to thrive.

Temple Emanuel’s Annual Financial Commitment is called Kehila 1874, symbolic of our community (kehila) and the year of our founding (1874). Additionally, $1,874 is the sustaining amount per member family necessary to maintain our community. Each member is asked to join the Temple Emanuel community at the Baruch Haba, or sustaining, level of $1,874 per household.

Kehila 1874 is based on the one-year period of Temple Emanuel’s fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30. Memberships are prorated to date of joining. Kehila 1874 commitments may be paid during the current membership year annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly. A statement is mailed monthly to the address provided for any balance due. Your Kehila 1874 commitment may be increased annually.

While this is the minimum sustaining level, we understand that some may not be able to contribute at this level. Please contact us to discuss a comfortable contribution. 

Kehila 1874 Annual Opportunities

Welcome: Baruch Haba- New Member Rate
(Sustaining Level)

  • Includes camp and school discounts

Identity-New Member Rate

  • Benefits of Baruch Haba level
  • Name published in Kehila 1874 donor list annually

Inspiration-New Member Rate

  • Benefits of previous levels
  • Invitation to Kehila 1874 member appreciation event
  • Access to 6 tribute cards sent from Temple Emanuel, in your name, to recipients of your choice

51 Grape Club

  • Benefits of previous levels
  • Access to 12 tribute cards
  • Invitation to one "pre-event" reception with speaker or performer where space is limited
  • Two complimentary tickets to annual fundraising concert
  • Custom wine with Temple Emanuel label

Tzedek Circle

  • Benefits of previous levels
  • Access to unlimited "no cost" tribute cards
  • Dinner with other Tzedek Circle members
  • Special "on the road" trip with Rabbi
  • Once a year special list recognizing Tzedek Circle
  • Opportunity to be a one-time, featured member on website and social media
  • Sponsor recognition at annual fundraiser

Pearl Society

  • Benefits of previous levels, plus
  • Special pearl pin
  • Framed photo of original Pearl Street Temple location
  • Special listing on Pearl Street donor display

Capital Improvement Fund Pledge

All new members are asked to make a pledge to the Capital Improvement Fund of Temple Emanuel to maintain our beautiful facility and plan for future needs. The recommended pledge is twice the amount of the Kehila 1874 commitment. Members under the age of 31 are to determine this pledge upon reaching the age of 31. This pledge is payable over five years and, unless otherwise indicated, charges begin the second year of membership.

Mitzvah Circle (Recognition of non-financial volunteerism)

  • Special recognition for volunteers in one or more of Temple Emanuel's opportunities and based on ongoing commitment and consistent involvement.

Union for Reform Judaism

Update this content.The URJ is the collection of affiliated Reform Jewish synagogues in North American, of which our synagogue is a member. To be affiliated with the URJ, Temple Emanuel pays dues. The URJ provides Temple Emanuel with vital resources such as training for lay leadership, clergy, and professional staff, educational materials to use for both youth and adults, programming for youth and adults, and sustained support of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. We are a vital member of this organization, and benefit greatly from its support in all areas of our congregation.

For any questions about giving levels or financial commitment, contact Susan Chayet, Membership Engagement Director.

Tue, January 31 2023 9 Sh'vat 5783