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OUR COMMUNITY

As a synagogue community, Temple Beth Avodah, prides itself on nurturing a warm, inclusive, and relationship focused atmosphere. Belonging to TBA means belonging to an extended temple family. We believe that every individual who comes through our doors is an essential part of the community and seek to foster an environment where everyone feels valued and supported. We recognize the importance of connections between people of all ages and embrace an intergenerational approach to Jewish life.  Deeply rooted in care and compassion, TBA celebrates joys and provides comfort for all our members. Our vibrant programs and diverse opportunities cater to the needs and interests of our community fostering spiritual growth, intellectual curiosity, and personal connections.  Whether through engaging services, meaningful learning opportunities, or social action initiatives, we create a vibrant community where relationships thrive, and individuals are valued.  

MEMBER COMMITMENT

TBA’s membership model, the Member Commitment, empowers members to make an informed choice about their contribution to TBA. This is a philanthropic model built on giving meaningfully, building relationships, and working together to build a strong community.  

 

New members are invited to join us and are not required to make a Member Commitment in their first year. This allows us to focus on building a relationship with you and helping you find your place in our Temple community.  For more information about joining TBA, please contact our Executive Director, Becky Oliver. Ready to join us? Click here to fill out our membership form. Once it is received, we’ll be in touch to get to know you better.  

Why are we changing the Member Commitment?  

Over the course of two years (2021-2023), the TBA leadership explored the needs of our community, the landscape of Jewish communal life, and potential models for membership. Click here to read more about what we learned in this process and why we are changing our model.   

What is the Member Commitment?  

The Member Commitment replaces and consolidates multiple requests into one contribution including:  

  • Membership Dues 

  • Annual Sustaining Campaign 

  • Security Fee 

  • Participate Fees for many programs and events 

Items such as school tuition, rental fees, and trips/retreat fees will remain separate based on participation.  

The fundamental premise is that it gives you, our members, the power to choose your contribution to align your Member Commitment with the value you experience as part of the TBA community.  

How does the Member Commitment work?  

Our newly formed Member Commitment Committee will focus on implementation, maintenance, and valuation of this model in consultation with the board.  If you are interested in our implementation plan, please click here.  

Each year the Temple leadership will provide members with a financial review to better understand the expenditures and sources of revenue. Based on this information, an optimal contribution per member/family will be provided along with options for giving levels. In addition, you will be reminded of their past contribution along with a personalized recommendation for the coming year. You are not obligated to give at the recommended level; it is there to assist you as you desire.  This information, along with the knowledge of your own personal situation, will guide you in your decision making about a contribution amount. Click here for the 2023-24 Financial Review and Giving Recommendations 

Current members please click here to make your Member Commitment for 2023-24. Please note you must be logged into Shul Cloud to complete this form. If you need help logging in, please contact us in the office.  

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