Become a Member

Become a Member

Temple Beth-El has played a central role in the Jewish life of San Antonio for over 140 years. We welcome you to our congregation!

With your participation and dedication to Temple Beth-El, our Ner Tamid (eternal flame) will continue to burn very bright.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Strategic Engagement Joel Swedlove, via email, or at (210) 733-9135 ext. 151.

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 $2,800, which reflects the actual cost per member household to maintain our Temple programs and facilities.

$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)
Sustaining Level $2800 – $3599
Suggested Minimum $1800
Sugg. Min., Under 30 years old $180

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.

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.