Dear Fellow Congregants,
I am thrilled to announce that we plan to change our current congregational dues model in 2017 to one that we hope will be more inclusive, welcoming, and will help more people become and remain a part of our community. Like many other congregations, our new model will be based on voluntary contributions. Over the coming months there will be many opportunities for everyone to learn about the upcoming change, with a variety of events scheduled to ensure that every member has the opportunity to learn more about this exciting development and ask questions.
What will be different with this new dues model? Going forward, each member will be able to define his or her own contribution. As part of the ongoing effort to increase financial transparency, everyone will be told exactly what it costs to maintain all of the programs and services that we have come to expect from the Temple. Each member will then be able to decide how much they can give. All contributions, of course, will remain tax free. In order to make sure we pay our bills, pay our staff, and keep the lights on, we hope everyone will do their part. But the bottom line? It’s up for each person to decide. We each have our own connection to Temple Israel. We hope and believe that these connections will carry our 108-year-old congregation through this century and beyond.
I look forward to discussing this change with you on Sunday December 11th at 10 am at the Special Congregational Meeting. This is only one of the ways we’re continuing to reimagine all that Temple Israel can be. I hope to see you there.
Liz Weingast, Temple President