Membership Application

Temple Beth-El Membership Application


Temple Beth-El welcomes you to our congregation which has been at the center of Jewish life in San Antonio for over 140 years. For over six generations our congregation has grown and evolved by building on the traditions of the past while celebrating all the future has in store. The gift of Jewish community we possess should not be taken for granted. With your participation and dedication to Temple Beth-El, our Ner Tamid (eternal flame) will continue to burn very bright.

We recently instituted a new membership structure designed to better fulfill our sacred mission and stimulate membership giving and growth. The new policy moves away from our traditional dues system and replaces it with a personal pledge system. The difference now is that your pledge (an investment in the Temple’s future) is up to you. It is designed to build membership by adopting a policy that is more closely aligned with contemporary Jewish culture and values.

Instead of paying an assigned dues amount, each member household has the responsibility to fairly assess its own commitment level and to give accordingly. Members are asked to contribute based on what the household determines is consistent with their ability to support, sustain, perpetuate, and strengthen Temple Beth-El.

The sustaining contribution level is $2,600, which reflects the actual cost per member household to maintain our Temple programs and facilities. As a guideline, Temple leadership has created recommended annual contribution levels:

Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) Levels

• $25,000 and above M’lachim (Angels)

• $18,000 to $24,999 Adumim (Pillars)

• $10,000 to $17,999 Shomrim (Guardians)

• $5,000 to $9,999 Manhigim (Leaders)

• $3,600 to $4,999 Bonim (Builders)

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• Sustaining Level $2600 – $3599

• Suggested Minimum $1200

• Sugg. Min., Under 30 years old $180

In gratitude for their exemplary support, all who donate at the Ner Tamid levels will be publicly recognized unless anonymity is requested.

Together, we can ensure that Temple Beth-El has the resources to thrive. Together, we can do much more. Together, Temple Beth-El can shine even brighter for generations to come.

COFR: In addition to your annual commitment, there is a COFR (Capital and Operations Fund for Resource) assessment. This is billed at $60 per quarter ($240 annually) for the initial ten years of membership. Thereafter, the fee is $60 annually. The COFR assessment is waived for all active-duty personnel and those with financial hardship. This fund is used to defray the cost of non-budgeted major improvements to our historic building and grounds.

Security Fee: Each member is asked to contribute $75 annually as a security fee which offsets the cost of having security personnel present on all holidays and during Religious School.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Rabbi Alan Berlin, via email, or at (210) 733-9135 ext. 118.

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