If you are interested in becoming a member, please call our office at 207-879-0028 so that we can describe what membership means, tell you about our membership structure, outline ways of becoming involved in our community, and see if you are interested in our religious school. We are also happy to have initial conversations with people seeking to learn more about Judaism. We would be delighted to welcome 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 no 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.
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.” To represent this idea, we ask $180 from each adult member of your household. Please contact our synagogue administrator or rabbi if that represents a hardship to you and we will send you a different membership form than the one below; cost is not a barrier to participation.
In Parashat Vayak’heil, Moses instructs each person whose heart is moved to give with nediv lev—gifts of the heart. We hope you will add an amount based on your household income to support the mission and vision of Bet Ha’am, and the work of our community, clergy, volunteers, and staff who bring Judaism to life every day.
How much might this additional contribution be? This chart may help you decide. In practical terms, our operating budget is around $540,000 each year. Basic financial commitments raise about $100,000 each year. We rely on generous additional contributions for the rest. 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 contact our office at 207-879-0028 for personal assistance.
Thank you for supporting our community!