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Processing new memberships will be put on hold until Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Contact our administrative director Katie Schneider for more information 

 

When the ancient Israelites came together to build the mishkan, they gave freely from the heart. They each brought a piece of themselves to create a space for the Divine.

At Shir Tikvah, the members of our community build a version of this space: a place where we study, celebrate, and mourn together. We depend on our members to welcome newcomers, lend a hand in the kitchen, and treat staff and each other with respect. Membership dues, volunteer hours, and additional donations make it possible for us to do the vital work of educating our children and observing the mitzvot.

We are well aware that, these days, synagogue membership can feel more like an obstacle rather than a free will offering. Some bristle at the idea of "paying to pray". But contributions to this community are not the same as joining a gym or taking a class, membership is not a fee for service. Together, we are building a shared Jewish future, in which each contributes a fair amount. It's a very old idea that seems radical in these times.   

At Shir Tikvah, we take pains to balance our financial needs with the Jewish values of community and diversity. We are very proud of our Fair Share Dues policy, a sliding scale which recognizes the dignity of each community member. We don't ask for your tax returns. We don't sell tickets for High Holy Days. We contribute according to our ability and our means.  

Dues pledges should be recalculated each year. Membership renewal is in September/October. (Dues will be pro-rated at other times of the year.)

 

Fair Share Dues Structure 

 Up to $40,000 
Dues are 1% of a household's adjusted gross income. 

 $40,001+
Dues are 2% of a household's adjusted gross income, with a cap of $3,600.
 

Keren Zeriyah (Seed) Fund:
An additional investment over the first 3 years of membership, based on the same sliding scale and equal to your first full year's dues commitment.

 

What the Sliding Scale Looks Like:
David Malka has an adjusted gross income of $60,000/year. He pays $1,200 in dues (2% of $60,000) and $400 in KZ (1/3 of $1,200) his first three years of membership. 

J.C. Otley has an adjusted gross income of $12,000/year. They pay $120 in dues (1% or $12,000) and $40 in KZ (1/3 of $120) for the first three years of their membership. 

 

Lack of funds should never be a barrier. 

We say it and we mean it. Please contact Administrative Director Katie Schneider or Rabbi Ariel Stone directly if you are concerned about finances. We have funds that enable us to be flexible, especially during times of economic downturn. 

 

Associate Membership

If you have a primary home in another congregation, but would like to support Congregation Shir Tikvah as well, we welcome you. .

As an Associate Member, we would enjoy having you to join us for Torah Study, Shabbat and many of our celebrations. We’ll have a nametag for you and list you in our Member Directory. If you’d like to volunteer for one of our committees or join in on our social justice projects, your work there would be appreciated. 


It is understood that major life cycle events and the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover will be celebrated with your home congregation. Full membership is required for participation in our Nashira Education Program.

If you would like to explore Associate Membership at Shir Tikvah, contact the office.

Membership Form

Processing of new members will not be completed until after Rosh Hashanah. Contact our administrative director Katie Schneider for more information.

 

 

 

 

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