The mission of the Membership committe is to welcome, assist, facilitate, introduce and help the community in any way we can.
Our focus is to support both prospective members and present members
When we hear about prospective members, we reach out and see how we can help. This often leads to email exchanges, phone calls or a plan to meet for coffee – whatever works. Some prospective members hear about us from friends; others are new to the area having relocated for work or school, and have loads of questions. We are happy to respond to all inquiries in a caring, professional and confidential way, knowing that the decision-making process takes time. Some are familiar with a Conservative synagogue environment, and for others, it is entirely new and this process can seem daunting. Our community is made up of members from a variety backgrounds and religious observances. If you are curious about whether the TE community is the right match, we can help or find a member with further insight. We are always available to reply to your questions. We welcome your questions. Check out the TE calendar and see what we're up to: stop in at a minyan; join us for any events; or maybe just for a Kiddush on Saturday morning and see what's up.
What are the benefits of membership in the Temple Emunah community?
Full participation within the welcoming inclusive and egalitarian community is our hallmark. There are a number of varied opportunities for social, intellectual and religious growth, as a way to foster personal development and meaningful connections. Just to mention a few of our many ways to engage: learning to lead a service, read Torah and Haftorah, Social Action initiatives, food pantry coordination, coaching synagogue youth sports teams, teaching, meeting delegates from Israel's Technion University, mixing martinis for party nights, and more!
Benefits of Membership:
Additional, less tangible benefits:
Beyond all the advantages listed above, being a member of Temple Emunah brings you invaluable benefits such as:
It is quite understandable that these advantages are, as a whole, rather symbolic. It is there to express a sense of belonging and fidelity, but not to allow the members to "get value for their money", like when one joins a gym or a club. On the other end, there is no such thing as a free lunch and a financial participation is essential to the survival of our synagogue. Without money, our community simply does not exist. It goes without saying that we are totally non-profit and that what is given to us is totally invested in the life and edification of the community. All the members of the community are entitled to access the financials, to check how the money is used, and the budget is submitted each year to the general assembly of members.
We facilitate the creation of connections within the Emunah community. Some members find their place in the community through worship or leading services, while others through study, volunteering at the pre-school, library, or kitchen, tutoring, singing, social action or Israel trips. Still others connect through bike rides, softball, cooking classes, beer brewing, Ping-Pong, yoga, and more. We sponsor a number of events to encourage participation and we assist in the formation of havurot. This is a special community that fosters scholarship, meaning, friendship and fun. Let us know how we can support you.
About the Membership Committee:
First, we simply like to get together. We know what our mission is and from there we just start planning fun stuff to do. As a group, we mirror the synagogue's membership: young professionals, new parents, retirees, new to Emunah, and life-long members. Contact us anytime.
We welcome your questions & comments - contact:
the Executative Director: Amy Zazlow
a current member
the membership committee
See what we're up to:
Read our current monthly bulletin to get a sense of our community
Add yourself to our listserve
Meet us for services sometime
Become a member:
Download and print our membership form