If you are interested in becoming a member, please feel free to call the office or email our administrator so that we can tell you about our membership structure, ways of becoming involved in our community, and our religious school. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.
If you are already a member, you know that our “House of the People” is for everyone, no matter where they are on their Jewish journey and matter their background. We want to be sure our approach to membership and our financial support system reflect these values. To that end, we have crafted a support model that both reflects and makes manifest those values.
Machazit HaShekel (“Count Me as a Member”)
In Torah, Moses and Aaron take a census of the Israelites by collecting a half-shekel from each adult member of the community. That contribution said “I want to be counted.” Our machazit hashekel contribution plays the role in our community. Set at a level intended to be attainable for almost all, we ask $180 from each adult member of Bet Ha’am. Please contact our synagogue administrator or rabbi if that represents a hardship to you and we will send you a different membership form; cost is not a barrier to participation.
Nediv Lev (“Generous Offerings of the Heart”)
In Parashat Vayak’heil, Moses instructs each person whose heart is moved to give with nediv lev–to bring offerings for the construction of the mishkan, Judaism’s first synagogue. The Israelites were so generous in their giving that their contributions had to be suspended. Nediv lev is your opportunity to support the mission and vision of Bet Ha’am, the work of our community, clergy, volunteers, and staff who bring Judaism to life every day.
In practical terms, what do machazit hashekel and nediv lev mean? Our operating budget is around $540,000 each year. Machazeit hashekel contributions raise about $100,000 each year. We reply on you, through your contributions of nediv lev, for the rest. How much might you contribute through nediv lev? This table may help you decide. We hope that you’ll give to the greatest of your ability.
If you are ready to renew your membership, you can do so below. If you are a new member, please click here instead.
Thank you for supporting our community!