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MEMBERSHIP

We would like you to join our community. We want to embrace you, in the joyous parts of your life, in the hard parts of your life, the parts of your life that are lonely, in the parts of your life that are full. We want to walk with you on a Jewish path, to find meaning, Torah, and God in a world where these things sometimes might be hidden.

Tiferet Bet Israel has always been in the forefront of change. We were one of the first egalitarian synagogues that embraced women reading from the Torah and participating on the bimah. As interfaith families became a growing component of our membership, we welcomed non-Jewish spouses as part of our community. We also changed how we think about membership when we moved from a traditional dues model to a new model, Heshbon Lev.

Heshbon Lev is a financial model that emphasizes building community and creating value for you as a member.  We will provide you with information about the full financial needs of the community, and suggest a sustaining amount that represents our operating cost divided by the number of member units in the community. You choose the level of financial commitment. Regardless of the amount you contribute, you will be a member of the synagogue, entitled to all its benefits.

Our tradition says that a synagogue is three things in one place: a house of prayer, a house of gathering, and a house of study. Tradition also teaches that the world stands on three things, Torah, avodah and gemilut hasadim- learning, work and acts of loving kindness. Each of us is drawn to our synagogue community because we value one or more of these elements. Learning, being among our people, music, reflection, shared values, the opportunity to be of service, the knowledge that others are there to help you when needed: what parts of Tiferet Bet Israel do you hold dear? 

You are part of us; we are part of you.

What are the goals of Heshbon Lev?

To empower you to give from the heart as you see fit

To engage our community in a new way

To reduce financial barriers to joining our community

To change Tiferet Bet Israel’s culture of giving

To improve financial transparency and make all of us partners in the success of our synagogue

When I make my Heshbon Lev commitment, what am I paying for? What is not included?

Your Heshbon Lev contribution will cover items traditionally covered by dues, the building fund, and an annual fundraising drive. We will no longer charge for reserved High Holy Day seating or parking. Social, educational and cultural events (community dinners, concerts, Bingo) will not be used as fundraisers. All synagogue-wide fundraisers except the annual gala will be discontinued; the gala will continue to be a great opportunity to honor our dedicated congregants. If you have a child in the Abramson ECEC or TBI’s Religious School, you will continue to pay tuition and fees. There will also continue to be membership dues for Women’s League, Men’s Club, and USY.



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Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782