Membership FAQs

How do I become a member of BJ?

Thank you for inquiring about becoming a member! We are delighted to welcome you to our congregation. Schedule a time to learn more about joining our community.

How do I renew my membership?

Click here for information on this year’s renewal process. Current members were sent an email in three rounds beginning in mid-June with instructions on how to renew.

How much does membership cost?

We use a Sliding Scale Dues Plan which allows members to pay their dues based on their household income.

Types of Membership

The membership year is from July 1 through June 30. You can choose one of the following membership categories:

  • Individual: Single member (with no children who live with you).
  • Family*: Married couple or two individuals living in a partnered relationship, with or without children; single parents with children living at home.
  • Full-Time Student: Individuals pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.
  • Young Adult: First-time members aged 20-35.
  • BJ Friend**: For those living outside of the tri-state area or beyond commuting distance from the synagogue.

* Family membership includes children 23 years and under.

** In 2020, BJ Friend membership includes full access to the High Holy Days complementary virtual experience. (In typical years, BJ Friend membership does not include admission to High Holy Days services, but does allow you to purchase entrance cards for yourself and your guests at $600 each.)

Sliding Scale Membership Dues

July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021

Our sliding scale dues structure allows for significant flexibility, while also helping to ensure the financial health and sustainability of our community. Members pay dues based on their household income, found in the sliding scale plan below. You will not be asked to provide financial documentation of your income; we simply request that each member pledge honestly.

If you are having financial difficulties this year, please do not hesitate to contact the Membership Department to discuss dues or payment plans. No one will be denied membership because of financial circumstances. All financial information is confidential. If you join after October 31, dues are prorated each quarter (except for the BJ Friend membership).

Annual Household Income Individual Family
$0-$29,999 $510 $640
$30,000-$39,999 $720 $840
$40,000-$49,999 $890 $1080
$50,000-$59,999 $1080 $1300
$60,000-$69,999 $1260 $1530
$70,000-$84,999 $1530 $1810
$85,000-$99,999 $1760 $2150
$100,000-$124,999 $2205 $2660
$125,000-$149,999 $2660 $3205
$150,000-$199,999 $3405 $3955
$200,000-$299,999 $4370 $5240
$300,000-$499,999 $4820 $5770
$500,000+ $5250 $6285
BJ Friend $360 $360
Full-time Student $155 N/A

Special Young Adults and Young Families Rates

For first-time members, couples, or families where at least one adult in the household is aged 20-35. Renewing members who joined BJ at this rate pay dues in $180 increments for the first three years, or until age 35. If you are in a comfortable financial position, we encourage you to pay the sliding scale dues above.

Annual Household Income Individual (20-35) Family (20-35)
Year 1 (New Members Only) $180 $360
Year 2 (Renewing members who joined last year) $360 $540
Year 3 (Renewing members) $540 $720

Security Fee

BJ has taken significant steps to increase security in recent years. In the past year, our enhanced security costs were over $350,000. In light of recent events throughout the country, we are asking members to pay an annual security fee of between $18 and $180 (based on reported income) to fund additional improvements including enhancing the level of security provided by our security firm.

Can I pay my dues in installments?

Yes! You can pay in monthly or quarterly installments.

I am in a difficult financial position and cannot meet my designated level of dues. What should I do?

Finances are never a barrier to participating in the BJ community. No one will be turned away for financial considerations. Payment plans and adjusted contributions are available. Please contact Membership to discuss your situation.

What is the plan for the High Holy Days season?

Given the current reality and recognition that we will not be able to gather in the same ways that we have in the past, we have reimagined the experience of the High Holy Days.

Our main services will be available via livestream to all. We are developing a host of complementary programming for our members, which can be found here.

More information will be shared in our e-newsletter. If you do not currently subscribe to our e-newsletter or have recently unsubscribed, we invite you to be added to our mailing list via this link.

I am not a member. Can I purchase an invitation to the High Holy Days virtual experience?

While non-members will be able to view the main High Holy Days services via livestream in 2020, only members and BJ Friends will have full access to our enhanced complementary programming. Click here for more information.

In typical years, 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 ensure entry to High Holy Days services.

When do I need to submit my membership application in order to receive High Holy Days Entrance Cards?

Membership applications are available in early June and should be submitted as soon as possible. The specific deadlines for submission in order to obtain High Holy Days entrance cards differ each calendar year.

There will be no entrance cards in 2020, as the High Holy Days experience will be fully virtual. While we recognize that this has been a very challenging year for many families, we encourage members to renew sooner rather than later to ensure prompt access to our enhanced complementary programming.

New and returning members who have joined by August 16, 2020 will receive a special care package.

How many entrance cards do I get with my membership?

There will be no entrance cards in 2020, as the High Holy Days experience will be fully virtual. While we recognize that this has been a very challenging year for many families, we encourage members to renew sooner rather than later to ensure prompt access to our enhanced complementary programming.

In typical years, 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 23 years of age and younger. Additional entrance cards can be purchased for $600 per person.