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Old 09-19-2013, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I have read that Jews must pay monthly dues to be considered members of a synagogue. Why is that?
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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I have read that Jews must pay monthly dues to be considered members of a synagogue. Why is that?
Because they couldn't pay the yearly membership fee in one payment. What a silly question. Might as well ask the same silly question in the other Religious forums.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:32 PM
 
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Jews do not tithe; nor do they pass a collection plate as many churches do on Sundays (the Christian Sabbath) because Jews aren't supposed to touch money on Shabbat. Just like every other religious institution, they need money to operate.

You are free to go to services any time of the year without paying membership. Nearly all congregations, however, require a payment (usually very steep) for the High Holidays, although some congregations hold HH services at no charge for the community. Services also are available online, obviously for free.

At least in the Reform movement, under Union for Reform Judaism guidelines, nobody can be denied membership because of an inability to pay. At least half of our congregation pays reduced rates.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Because they couldn't pay the yearly membership fee in one payment. What a silly question. Might as well ask the same silly question in the other Religious forums.

Some could in one payment.
(Not us)
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Because they couldn't pay the yearly membership fee in one payment. What a silly question. Might as well ask the same silly question in the other Religious forums.
That wasn't meant to be a silly question! What is the point of paying a "membership fee"? You have been good in answering my questions in the past. I'm going to chalk up your attitude to having a bad day!
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Jews do not tithe; nor do they pass a collection plate as many churches do on Sundays (the Christian Sabbath) because Jews aren't supposed to touch money on Shabbat. Just like every other religious institution, they need money to operate.

You are free to go to services any time of the year without paying membership. Nearly all congregations, however, require a payment (usually very steep) for the High Holidays, although some congregations hold HH services at no charge for the community. Services also are available online, obviously for free.

At least in the Reform movement, under Union for Reform Judaism guidelines, nobody can be denied membership because of an inability to pay. At least half of our congregation pays reduced rates.

Thank you for your response. This proves that some people can answer questions without copping an attitude!
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:08 PM
 
Location: small Southern town balabusta
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My Rabbi told me that it's expensive to be Jewish. And he was correct.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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And on the same token, synagogues will never turn away someone who can't pay. Most of my local synagogues have lower rates for "young adults" (typically under 30, but sometimes under 40) and the elderly. When I couldn't afford to pay for tickets for high holy day services during chemo, all I had to do was reach out to the Rabbi and I was told not to worry - even though I did not belong to that synagogue.

Those who can pay do, and many strive to give more than membership dues, for the betterment of the entire community. Those who can't afford to pay aren't made to feel less, and often give back in other ways. For instance, the young adults at the synagogue I go to do the bulk of the volunteering on behalf of the synagogue, both within the Jewish and Boston metro communities.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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And in some congregations, you have to pay extra for seats for the high holidays where some include it in your membership.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Membership dues....
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