Our shul is more than a building, it is a community. Joining a synagogue assures many benefits and we hope you will join us at Congregation Shearith Israel, not just to reap the benefits but to be among the benefits to others in our community.
Membership is an acknowledgement to yourself and the members of your family that you have a spiritual home, that our Rabbis are your teachers, spiritual mentors and pastoral counselors, and that our sanctuary is your sanctuary. When you belong to Shearith, you belong to a warm and loving community of more than 1,000 families who call Dallas home. If you are looking for a deeper connection to God, for inspiration, for answers, for the tools to complete your personal mission in life or for an enhanced social life for yourself and your family, you’ll find it at Shearith.
Membership at Shearith Israel includes:
- Rabbinic support for lifecycle events and in times of difficulty
- Our clergy marry you, either here in the synagogue or at any other venue
- Vibrant Hebrew School
- Having a bar/bat mitzvah
- Affordable Dues Plan ensuring no one will be turned away based on financial considerations
- Voting at membership meetings
- Seating for High Holidays
Types of Membership
Membership at Shearith Israel is open to all Jewish people and their spouse/partner and children. People of other faiths may be included in a Family Membership if their spouse/partner is Jewish. Membership spans the one-year period July 1 – June 30.
Members choose one of the following membership categories:
Benefactor – We offer four levels of Benefactor dues; Mensch, Supporter, Partner and Patron. Our voluntary Benefactor structure helps us provide assistance to those who cannot contribute at the full dues level. It is our hope that those congregants that are financially able will choose one of our Benefactor dues levels.
Individual – Single member with or without children.
Family – Married couple or two individuals living together in a partnered relationship, with or without children.
Kehillah – Join the JCC and Congregation Shearith Israel for one affordable price. If you are a young adult between the ages of 21-29, you can take full advantage of the Kehillah program, a partnership between the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas and Congregation Shearith Israel. The Kehillah program is a unique way to become involved in the greater Jewish community. Participants receive full membership privileges to the JCC, including the fitness center, as well as at Shearith. For more information, please contact the JCC Membership Department at (214) 739-2737.
Associate Membership – For those who belong to several synagogues or live beyond commuting distance of Shearith Israel but wish to remain connected to our community.
Married By Clergy – If you have been married by one of our clergy members, you qualify for this great membership. Members will receive one complimentary year of membership with High Holy Day seats in Kaplan Auditorium*.
Choose Your Dues – Are you new to the area? Or are you under the age of 30? You can then take advantage of our new membership option! If you are new to the area and our Synagogue, you will receive this option for one year. If you are under the age of 30, you will receive this membership until you turn 30! Members will be able to name their price with us, and receive a High Holy Day ticket in Kaplan Auditorium*.
* If you are interested in sitting in a section other than Kaplan, we ask members to pay the difference between the tickets.
Becoming a Member
Admission to High Holy Day Services
Come Visit Us!
Thank you for your interest in our synagogue community! We would be delighted to meet with you in person. Let us know if you’d like to schedule a time to come visit our shul for Shabbat or during the week sometime to meet our Rabbinic team and perhaps some of our members. You’ll enjoy seeing our beautiful building and gardens at your own pace and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about life in our community.
If you have any questions about membership, please contact Katie Venetsky, Membership and Program Director.