Renew Your Membership

Membership renewal for 2020-21 is now open.

We are so grateful and glad that you have made BJ your spiritual home. Your membership is essential to keeping our community strong and helps to cover the costs of general operations, innovative programming, and other expenses that come with maintaining a large nearly 100-year-old campus in New York City.

Current members were sent an email in mid-June with instructions on how to renew. (Check your inbox for messages from membership@bj.org. If you can’t find it, email us!) All you have to do is review your pre-filled personal information and make any corrections, answer a few additional questions, and click ‘submit.’ You will be able to pay with your credit card, set-up a payment plan, or send in a check.

Prefer a less technological approach? You also have the option to renew over the phone by calling ext. 302. If you have any questions, please contact our membership department. Our team is here to help!

 

What’s new on the membership form?

We’ve made some changes to the renewal process based on the feedback we got from you last year. Some of what you’ll see:

  • This year’s form is shorter, more intuitive, and easier to complete—you will have the opportunity to review the information we have on file, but you don’t need to tell us the same information you told us last year.
  • The options to Renew, Freeze for one year, or Resign your membership are within one form. Members can now complete the entire process within minutes!

  • Last year’s demographic survey has been removed and replaced with the simple request to confirm household member name(s) and date(s) of birth.

  • Members will have the ability to add members to their household aged 23 or younger.

  • The option now exists to connect with a member of our team to update gender identity, marital status, and other demographic information.

For more information, please review our Membership FAQ.

 

A Year in Review

It has been an inspiring year at BJ. Shabbat dinners, the introduction of the Upper West Side’s only egalitarian evening minyan, havurot, the launch of our new website and refreshed visual identity, sold out retreats, the pivot to VirtuShul and Prayer at Home, the dedication of our Teen Lounge, and the expansion of Race and Us, our racial justice initiative. Through all these offerings and many more, BJ members connected, celebrated, and continued to build and support our beloved community in 5780.

Membership levels are unchanged. As always, finances are never a barrier to participating in the BJ community. Payment plans and adjusted contributions are available. The Membership Services team is here to help make your renewal as easy as possible.

Membership renewal is always inextricably linked with anticipation of the High Holy Days. This year is no different. However, 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. The health and safety of our community are of primary importance, as is the spiritual transformation that we experience together. We will feel the deep loss of not praying and celebrating together in person, alongside Jews around the world. Together, we will move forward with creativity and innovation, and with the depth of prayer, learning, and community connection that are so important in these unprecedented times.

Thank you for sustaining B’nai Jeshurun over the past year, which has allowed this very special community to thrive. We are so grateful that you have chosen to make BJ your spiritual home.