We are very pleased about your interest in joining The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. We hope that you will make us your Jewish communal and spiritual home. Our congregation has a rich history, and there are a number of exciting programs and educational opportunities to help nurture Jewish meaning, connection and continuity.
All of us at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah look forward to getting to know you. Please feel free to come to services or any congregational events. If you know in advance that you’re coming please let us know. We would be happy to meet you, arrange for someone to sit with you at services, introduce you to other members, and show you around.
Also, contact us if you would like to meet with the clergy, learn more about our religious school or preschool, or just be added to our email or mailing list.
What is my membership commitment?
At B’nai Jehudah we ask you to pay an annual commitment called Terumah. This form will give you a schedule of annual membership contribution for this year. No one will be denied membership due to financial circumstances. Individuals and families who have questions about our Terumah program may work with our Executive Director, Jennifer Green Baer. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I become a member of B’nai Jehudah? What is the process?
We’d love to have you join us. Just e-mail Jennifer Green Baer at email@example.com or call 913-663-4050 for more information and a membership packet. You can also download our membership application, fill it out and mail it to Jennifer Green Baer.
Who will feel comfortable at B’nai Jehudah?
Our members reflect the diversity of the area, coming from all walks of life and many different religious backgrounds and ethnicities. We welcome Jewish singles and single parents, interfaith families, Jews of color, and Jewish families in all their diversity, including LGBT couples with or without children. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse spiritual, religious, educational, and social needs of our members.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways to become involved at B’nai Jehudah and to become acquainted with other congregants. During your membership process, we hope to get to know you personally so that we can connect you with programs, groups, and classes that complement your interests. We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere in which you can expand and explore your Jewish life.
I don’t read Hebrew. How can I possibly follow the Shabbat/Worship service?
Our prayer books are written for all levels of understanding. The text is written in three types of wording: Hebrew, English transliteration, and English all on the same page. (A transliteration is a phonetically written version of Hebrew.) Throughout the service the Rabbis will guide the congregation through the prayer book so that the congregant may follow the service in the wording that is most comfortable to the individual.
How do I meet the professionals who serve B’nai Jehudah?
We encourage you to get to know our clergy, executive director, and other staff by attending Shabbat services and by your involvement in our programs and activities. You may also request a private meeting with any of our staff.
Why should I join B’nai Jehudah?
B’nai Jehudah is a community, a family. At B’nai Jehudah, we support one another with a caring community and a culture of inclusiveness. We have weekly worship opportunities, adult education, religious school for children, youth group, multiple social justice activities, and great opportunities to meet and connect with other people.
Why should I join now? My child is only two years old.
It is never too soon to be a part of the Jewish community. While we often think that synagogues are around to “teach Judaism” to our children, the synagogue’s greatest purpose is to support and to enrich each of us so that our own confidence as Jews can become the example from which our children will learn. Synagogues provide ongoing opportunities to study, experience, and enjoy being connected to a Jewish community. We support this by offering reduced dues to young families. We offer special programs for families with young children and a monthly Intergenerational Shabbat service. Shelley Hedrick, our Early Childhood Director, is a great person to help you. You can reach Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My kids are grown. What do I need a synagogue for?
While we offer many family-oriented programs that does not mean that we are only open to families with younger children. In fact, so many of our programs are for adults, as we seek to nurture a mature development of spirituality and Jewish connection for people at every age of their lives. We focus on community building, with Sisterhood, Brotherhood, adult education, social action activities, our Mitzvah Garden and, of course, our regular worship experiences. The congregation endeavors to enhance your connection with other Jews and your personal search for connection and meaning.
Do you have other interfaith families at B’nai Jehudah?
Yes. B’nai Jehudah has many interfaith couples/families. Our goal is to welcome and include all members regardless of their religious upbringing.
My spouse/partner is Jewish and I am not. If we join will I be welcome at B’nai Jehudah?
Yes, all family members are warmly welcomed at B’nai Jehudah. We encourage members to attend as a family so that the family unit can become closer and understand Jewish history, traditions, and culture.
When we join B’nai Jehudah, will my spouse/partner, who is not Jewish, be consider a member?
Yes. When a family/couple joins B’nai Jehudah all immediate family members/partner are considered full members. All spouses/partners are welcomed and encouraged to participate on all levels including our committees, attend classes, and holiday events.
We are considering enrolling our child in religious school. Are parents who are not Jewish welcome to participate in religious school programs?
Jewish tradition places a high value on family life. We encourage both parents to be involved in their child’s religious school experience and we welcome your participation.
Will my spouse/partner, who is not Jewish, be able to participate, as our child becomes a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
Yes. At B’nai Jehudah, we include the entire family. For those few areas that are offered only to Jewish family members, please visit the B’nai Mitzvah page, which can be viewed by clicking here.
What is the Ner Tamid Circle and how can I participate?
In the Book of Ecclesiastes it is written, You shall give, as you are able, according to the measure which God has given you. Ner Tamid Circle supporters contribute at levels that more than pay for their proportional share of our operating costs and they make it possible for every congregant to participate in the life of our synagogue regardless of financial circumstances. Their extraordinary contributions are a vital component to the financial health of our synagogue. An annual commitment at one of these levels helps sustain our congregation and demonstrates an investment in our future.
CONTRIBUTION LEVELS AND BENEFITS
Ner Tamid Cornerstone …$18,000 and up Annually
Ner Tamid Pillar…$9,000 and up Annually
Ner Tamid Visionary…$7,200 and up Annually
Ner Tamid Guardian…$5,500 and up Annually
Ner Tamid Leader…$3,700 and up Annually
Ner Tamid Builder…$2,500 and up Annually