Membership

B’nai Jeshurun is Spirituality, Community, Activism, & Growth…

 
BJ is known for its vibrant, lively prayer, for its music drawing on a vast spectrum of influences, and for its community-building and activism. We are forward-thinking change-makers creating a new, multi-access presence and constantly re-imagining what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. If you’re not familiar with our community and the values that drive us, please read more.

You can count on BJ and our newly expanded community for spiritual guidance, leadership, engagement, and support. It’s a place to come, whether it be online or in-person, to navigate rebuilding our world and our lives together with our new realities.

Whether you’re near or far, there’s a home for you here. Join us.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of membership?

Your membership provides:

  • Access to meaningful members-only online programming and small, safe, Covid-conscious gatherings that provide a rich tapestry for soul searching, reflection, and connection with fellow community members
  • Seating for the High Holy Days at no additional cost
  • Priority access to in-person Shabbat services as seating is safely re-opened to our members
  • Pastoral care and guidance for important life moments and milestones
  • Access to Kadima@BJ registration, opportunities for immersive experiences, and support for B’nai Mitzvah journeys
  • Spiritual nourishment that comes with being part of a loving, caring, and vibrant Jewish community—and of knowing that you are contributing to its present as well as its future

What will the High Holy Days look like in 2021?

In accordance with strict safety guidelines, BJ will be opening its doors in 2021 for limited-seating High Holy Days services. Every member household in good standing will have the opportunity to attend at least one service in-person for the High Holy Days, subject to the Covid-19 guidelines at that time. In light of our reduced capacity, we will be offering tiered access to services. Join or renew before June 30th to be a part of the first group to select a preferred service to attend.

Do you have special pricing for students, young adults, seniors, or out-of-town households?

Young adults, seniors, students, and out-of-towners are important contributors to our community, and we endeavor to do all that we can to help them join and remain members. Rather than having special membership category pricing, we invite those whose income is limited — for any reason — to set their own membership dues. Becoming a member this way is easy and requires no interview or additional paperwork.

Can I pay my dues in installments?

Yes! You can pay in monthly or quarterly installments. For more information about payment plans, please contact Matthew Davey.

How do I pay my open balance online?

You can use this form for payment of open balances on your household account. Please make sure that you have already completed your membership renewal form prior to submitting payment for your membership dues.

I am in a difficult financial position and cannot afford my designated dues amount. What should I do?

Finances are never a barrier to joining the BJ community and no one will be turned away for financial reasons. If sliding scale dues are not affordable for you, you have the option to pay what you can by setting your own dues. Monthly or quarterly payment plans are also available.

I am not a member. Can I purchase an entrance card to the High Holy Days?

Seating at our High Holy Days services is limited; therefore entrance cards are issued only to members and their guests. We encourage you to become a member to gain access to High Holy Days services.

Our High Holy Days and Shabbat livestreams are always available to the public at no cost.

By what date must I join or renew in order to receive High Holy Days entrance cards?

For renewing members, your form will be sent to you in late June and should be submitted as soon as possible. Deadlines relating to High Holy Days entrance cards vary according to the calendar year. We encourage members to join or renew sooner rather than later to gain access to High Holy Days seats.

In 2021, we will be offering tiered access to our services in light of our reduced capacity. Join or renew before June 30th to be a part of the first group to select a preferred service to attend.

  • Join or renew by June 30 — First Tier
  • Join or renew by July 16 — Second Tier
  • Join or renew by July 30 — Third Tier

How many High Holy Days entrance cards do I get with my membership?

Those with individual memberships receive one entrance card. Those with family memberships receive two adult entrance cards and youth cards for any members of the household 26 years of age and younger.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Contact Matthew Davey, Membership Services Manager, or email us at membership@bj.org!

Pay an open balance

Please use this form for payment of open balances on your household account. Please make sure that you have already completed your membership renewal form prior to submitting payment for your membership dues.