Why Join?

Indeed, why join? We want you to wholeheartedly opt-in to an active, caring, supportive, vivacious Jewish community. If you perceive joining like a commercial transaction, a list of items received for funds paid, we invite you to think about it a different way.

At TBEMC you’ll find:
• Shabbat and most holiday services free and open to the community.
• Classes and events from Bagels and Babies for the littlest tots (and their parents) through our We Care lunch and learns for our seniors
• Multi-generational activities targeting the needs of each generation both separately, and as a unified congregation.

We hope you’ll come by to see what we’re about. We pride ourselves on being a friendly community where the generations know each other. Whether you have other family in the area, or they’re far away, you’ll find family here at TBEMC. Even if you walk in alone, you’ll get a warm greeting from new friends inside.

We see ourselves a community that supports each other in simchas and hard times. We’re here for Jewish holidays, major life cycle events and for religious education. But we’re also here for everything in between. Membership is a way to support the community that sustains us and ensures we are here when needed. We do not see TBEMC as a peddler of ritual events. Membership does include High Holiday tickets. And membership is required for our Religious School families with kids in third grade and above. But mostly, we think that joining a community like TBEMC is just a good thing to do for you and your family. Visit us, and this should begin to make sense.

Our goal with our new Sustaining Pledge Model is to lower the barriers for membership. We want families to join earlier, so they can grow with the synagogue and the kids can form even closer bonds, making lifelong friends and building relationships with our clergy. We want post-B’nai Mitzvah families to stay on after their simchas, with the teens joining USY and getting active with their peers locally, regionally and nationally. We want empty nesters to join, whether they’ve stayed local or arrived here after their kids moved out. With child rearing mostly over and kids living their own lives, our empty nesters find a renewed sense of home at TBEMC. Some enjoy bringing their grandkids for Tot Shabbat and Bagels and Babies. The sound of children playing in the sanctuary’s play area during services engenders smiles, not scowls. We are betting that as you grow with us, your commitment to the community will grow as well.

We want you to come and visit. Let us welcome you and show you what makes TBEMC special. And if you see some of what we see in our community, we hope you’ll realize how much we offer and become a member.

Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim