Terumah is a voluntary financial commitment – you can join at a level that you can afford. We ask that you be both generous and realistic. No questions asked.
Ideally, you’ll contribute $2400 per year ($200 per month). While we ask for this, if you can’t afford it, please join anyway. $2400 per year is an amount that keeps our synagogue going, including supporting those who can’t afford it. When our members are generous, we don’t have to keep asking for more just to balance the books.
Be a member regardless of what you can pay. And please choose to be generous.
Now let’s get to the nuts and bolts…
Annual member support (Terumah/dues) covers about 55% of our operating income. The balance is covered by fundraising, tuition, and other income.
We trust that our members will take the time to understand the Temple’s financial needs. We trust that our members know their own capacity to give.
We ask you to give $2400 or more if you can, especially in these difficult times. This amount allows those who cannot give as much to continue to fully participate, and assures Temple Beth-El’s financial stability.
Each spring we’ll ask you to pledge for the coming year. You can adjust your gift in accordance with your financial well-being. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30; your Terumah pledge and first payment is due on July 1 each year.
Your confidential financial information is only accessible on a need to know basis only among trusted and very senior leadership.
Current members, click here. New members, when you fill out our online membership form, there is a page to indicate both the amount of your Terumah for this fiscal year and your preferred payment plan.
No. Families must be members in good standing to enroll their children in the school so make your Terumah pledge commitment first. Then, enrollment is here.
“Terumah made it so easy for me to join as a single person just out of college.”
“Giving extra through Terumah is my way of making sure no one is turned away from this congregation that has been my Jewish home forever.”
“Our family showed up looking for a baby-naming and Terumah meant there was no excuse not to join right away.”
“I am proud to belong to a temple on the cutting edge. Bold thinking is what we should be all about.”
“Beth-El has always been sensitive to my financial situation. Thanks for making me feel even more welcome by not having to request special arrangements.”