MEMBERSHIP

We invite you to join our Temple Beth El family. We offer a vibrant community of congregants, clergy, and staff who enrich each other’s lives through times of joy as well as in times of sorrow. TBE will create meaningful experiences for you through worship, learning and caring, as you develop life-long friendships with our members.

We welcome you to experience and expand your part in our synagogue life with our many opportunities to connect with the Jewish community while exploring your cultural heritage. We are a congregation of diverse ages and backgrounds; there is a place for everyone at TBE– no matter their age, marital status, race, ethnic background, or level of observance or ability.  LGBTQ families are welcome.  Intermarried Jews/Interfaith families are encouraged to check us out because we are The FRIENDLY temple.


FAQ

What do I get for my membership dues?

A lot! You get a sacred community made up of caring clergy, staff and synagogue members to help you learn and grow, to celebrate your blessings with you and support you through life's challenges. You get a community of friends who share life’s experiences. You will be celebrated for your accomplishments and challenged to improve yourself and your world. You will be a part of congregation that has been flourishing for well over 100 years. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting the continuation of Jewish life in Suffolk County, and in the world. 


What is the process for joining Temple Beth El?

It's easy. Simply contact the office at (631) 475-1882 (or email tbepatchogue@gmail.com) or call Star Wahnon, our Membership Chairperson, at (631)398-2811 . She will answer your questions, take you on a tour and explain the benefits of membership. Star will also put you in touch with Rabbi Pardo, who will meet with you in person, or chat on the phone, whichever you prefer. When you are ready to join us, simply fill out the membership application found below and then Star, or one of our Co-Presidents, Cheryl Gavin and David Stern, will be in touch.


What if I can't afford membership?

No one is turned away for financial reasons. Special new first-time membership programs are available as well as a membership assistance program. When you are ready to discuss finances, if you have a concern, you can have a private and confidential conversation with one of our Co-Presidents, and together you will come up with a plan that works for you and your family. 


Do I receive High Holiday tickets with my membership?

Yes! All synagogue members in good standing will receive 2 tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased if needed.


What if I am part of an Interfaith family?

Our goal is to help every family feel comfortable in our congregation, and we warmly welcome interfaith couples and families. A non-Jewish partner or parent can participate in most aspects of Jewish ritual. During a baby naming, or Bar/Bat mitzvah, the non-Jewish parent traditionally joins their spouse and child on the bima. The non-Jewish parent may also deliver an English reading as part of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah service. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in Beth El committee life and events.  

 

Do we have to be a member in order for our child to attend Hebrew School?

Yes, membership is required to attend Temple Beth El’s Hebrew School.  For full information on our re-envisioned educational program, please contact the office at (631) 475-1882 (or email tbepatchogue@gmail.com)