Support our Temple family with your 2019 Calendar Year Annual Commitment. Please assist us in keeping our records current by completing all sections of the form, even if we have your information on file from previous years, and kindly return by December 15, 2018.
Should we not receive your form, we will assume no changes in your pledge payments for the coming year, and will continue to process your Annual Commitment payments for 2019 accordingly.
- To make your 2019 Annual Financial Commitment online, click here
- To mail your 2019 Annual Financial Commitment, click here for a printable form
Why am I required to make an Annual Commitment in order to belong to the Temple?
Membership at a religious institution should not be evaluated with the same criteria as membership at a health club is about supporting our warm and embracing environment, which provides engaging spiritual and meaningful life-cycle experiences for a diverse population. Our Annual Financial Commitments (dues) are a significant source of revenue to pay the salaries to attract and retain high caliber clergy and staff, cover our day-to-date operating expenses, care for our facilities, and underwrite many of our programs.
Is there a minimum requirement?
It costs about $220 a month per family household of two adults (or one adult with children) to operate our Temple, of $2,650 a year. However, your leadership is committed to keeping membership affiliation accessible to all, and therefore maintained our sustaining (or minimum) level at $2,500 per family or $1,250 per individual.
Temple Emanu-El currently provides financial accommodation to those who demonstrate financial hardship, therefore we appreciate those who are financially able to contribute more to do so. Our ability to make synagogue life accessible to all is critical as we aspire to never lose anyone from our circle of worship, religious education or cultural enrichment due to an inability to afford annual membership.
What is the Torah Circle?
As mentioned above, the sustaining Membership Commitment covers only a portion of the Temple’s total operating expenses. It is through the additional contributions of our Torah Circle donors that we are able to fully meet our financial obligations. Because of our Torah Circle, Temple Emanu-El takes pride in never turning an adult away from membership or a child away from a Jewish education due to financial hardship or inability to meet sustaining membership. If you are financially able, we greatly appreciate your thoughtful consideration to contribute at one of our Torah Circle levels, which is key to ensuring that we remain a caring and inclusive community.
What is the timeframe of my Annual Commitment payments?
Our Annual Financial Commitment cycle follows the calendar – January through December. We hope to receive all 2019 commitments or pledges by December 15, 2018 so that we can plan accordingly. We request that payments are received as follows:
- All one-time gifts be received no later than June 2019
- Quarterly gifts will be spread between January, March, June and October
- Monthly payments will be scheduled on the 15th of the month for 12 months, beginning in January through December 2019.
Do I have to pay a full year’s Annual Commitment if I join after the start of the new year?
Our membership is on a calendar year, therefore, we will pro-rate your commitment based upon the month you join after January 1st.
Are Religious School and Hebrew School fees included in our Annual Membership Commitment?
No, these fees are separate and cover the expenses related to teachers, supplies and snacks/meals for your child/children. Even so, these fees do not completely cover school operating expenses, which are subsidized from the congregation’s operating budget and our Grafman Endowment Fund.
High Holy Day Tickets and Congregational Meetings — In order to receive tickets to the High Holy Days or to vote at a congregational meeting, congregants must be in good standing.
Religious School Fees / Bar & Bat Mitzvah – In registering for Religious School or for your child to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah, again, all Membership Commitments must be current.