Become a Member

We encourage people who are interested in joining a vibrant, participatory congregational life to spend some time with us: come to services, attend an adult education event, or visit our religious school. Many of our member households have found us through friends, our welcoming and engaging High Holy Day services, or when seeking out a religious school for their children. There are two main reasons we hear from people about why they join: we’re very friendly and our services are inspiring.

Benefits of membership at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek include being part of a caring, welcoming community, feeling part of the community by being responsible for helping with an occasional event (like a Kiddush luncheon or at a holiday party), and helping make decisions for our community through our Members’ Meetings.

For more information about membership, contact Melanie Adler at outreach [at] dorsheitzedek [dot] org.

You are Welcome!

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek is a diverse and welcoming community. We honor all families and individuals who wish to join us. We also embrace non-Jews who are partners of Jewish members and individuals in the process of conversion.  For more information, see our Guide for Non-Jewish Members.

Quarterly Member Meetings

Members’ Meetings are held three times a year. We urge every household to send at least one representative. The meetings are wonderful opportunities to meet other members, learn about what is going on in the congregation, participate in discussions about the future of Dorshei Tzedek, and vote on issues brought to the membership. They are for members only.

Dues

Our dues structure is comprised of two parts. The first part is a fixed amount, which represents a hatzi shekel (from Exodus). The second part is based on a percentage of household income. New members (or members returning after 10 years or more) pay half-dues for their first year. Learn more in About Our Dues.

Fundraising

Like most non-profit organizations, we do not raise all of our operating costs through our dues collection. Each year we hold a nediv lev campaign inviting all households to contribute beyond their dues. Nediv lev means ‘gift of the heart.’ We hope that all members will contribute what they can.