|July 1, 2017
Welcome to Temple Beth Israel!
Now in its second century, Temple Beth Israel is a caring community where each person truly makes a difference. Whether you’re the 10th at a weekday minyan, or participate in our varied social, educational, religious, cultural, and family programs, we welcome you and your family to Temple Beth Israel for the 2017-2018 year.
As approved at its annual meeting in August 2016, Temple Beth Israel welcomes non-Jewish members of Jewish households to join the synagogue with their Jewish spouses or partners in a family membership. Privileges of membership are specified in the Temple Beth Israel bylaws.
We welcome all members to give at a level in which they are comfortable, and ensure the congregation will meet its budgeted expenses. In assessing recommended membership contributions for the coming year, the Board of Directors has elected to keep the sustaining membership model introduced last year. We calculate this sustaining amount by subtracting from our total annual operating budget the amount of income available from sources other than membership and High Holy Day pledges, and then dividing the difference by the expected number of members.
The sustaining membership amount is a combination of a former building fund pledge, a required membership contribution and a voluntary High Holy Day Pledge.
The sustaining amount for 2017-2018 represents a modest increase of $25 per person / $50 per family over last year’s rates.
While we recognize that most members will be able to meet this membership level, we also know that there is no one formula that is right for every person or family. Therefore, we allow for both those who can give more, and those whose situation requires them to give as much as they are able at this time. If you need guidance regarding a reduced membership contribution, please contact Rabbi David Finkelstein in confidence at 781-891-5416 during his office hours. We trust you will select an amount that reflects the value you receive from being a member of Temple Beth Israel. Please be thoughtful about your financial ability to contribute and, if you are able, to consider pledging at a higher level so that our Temple can remain open to those who could not otherwise afford to be part of our community. If you are giving an amount different from the sustaining amount, please indicate that amount on the membership form. If this amount is lower than the sustaining amount, you have our complete confidence; if it is higher, you have our sincere appreciation. We gratefully will acknowledge all donors.
High Holy Day Pledge and Additional Contributions
To help with our planning, we would like to meet our goal for High Holy Day Pledges before Rosh Hashanah. Please indicate the amount of your High Holy Day Pledge on the membership form. You may pay it now if you wish, or we will send you a reminder after Yom Kippur.
In addition, we invite you to sponsor Shabbat lunch during the year, and contribute to the Temple funds of your choice. See membership form attached.
Please complete the membership form and return it to the Temple Office with your check before August 20. You can also download a copy of this form from www.tbiwaltham.org, fill it out, and return it in person, by mail or email. The form is required to process your membership, even if you have been a member for several years.
Mark Frydenberg, President Ellen Macklin, Membership Secretary
Questions You May Have
What if I need to pay less, or want to pay more than the ‘sustaining’ amount? On your membership form, you state how much you will pay. Some congregants will pay more, and some – due to circumstance – will need to pay less.
Can I pay my membership or pledge with my credit card online? We encourage you to pay by check. As a convenience, you can make your payment using PayPal through the Temple website. If you choose to pay online, we will add a convenience fee of 3% of the total amount to cover our cost of processing your credit card payment through PayPal.
Can I make a contribution from a Directed Fund or by using stock? Yes. Please contact the Temple Office to offer gifts of stock to the temple, or to set up a fund as part of your estate planning.
Please save the date for our annual congregational membership meeting, on Sunday August 27. Please attend morning minyan at 9 A.M., and the congregational meeting will follow at 10 am. Elections of officers and directors at large, and a vote to approve minor bylaws revisions will take place.
If you need to arrange a payment plan, please call Andrea in the Temple office at 781-894-5146 between 9:30 A.M. and 1 P.M. any weekday. You also can download a copy of the membership form from www.tbiwaltham.org.
For any other membership questions, please email Membership Secretary Ellen Macklin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Application 2016 – please print and mail in this form even if you pay online. Your membership will not be complete without it.
Pay online with Paypal. (a transaction fee has been added to the total)