Come for the Holidays, Stay for the Year.
For first-time members we offer an enticing introductory membership package. For the same amount as High Holiday guest tickets—$225 for individuals, $450 for families—the introductory membership plan includes High Holiday tickets for 2019 and 2020 plus all the benefits of membership through December 2020.
At Congregation Rodfei Zedek we are committed to enhancing the spiritual dimension of our modern lives. We strive to be a learning congregation, developing our various interests and capabilities as Jews to advance our observance, celebration, study, and service to the community. We are dedicated to…
- Encouraging widespread involvement in many different forms of Jewish learning at many different levels;
- Enabling and encouraging widespread participation in prayer and observance, respecting different orientations toward religious thought and practice and guided by the principles of Conservative Judaism;
- Welcoming and serving a multi-generational community; and
- Providing a setting that is particularly appreciative and supportive of young children and their families.
Opportunities to participate in the Rodfei Zedek community extend beyond the High Holidays. Members and staff together—along with the Jewish calendar—have created a range of worship, learning, and social opportunities that take place throughout the year. Our goal is to meet the diverse interest and needs of our members. In addition to tickets for the High Holidays including all dependent children, we offer:
- Scheduled prayer for a variety of worshipers, including a lively monthly Shabbat service, Na'aseh V'nishma, featuring musical instruments and chevruta learning.
- Festival and holiday services and programs.
- Family education—regularly scheduled education through our Youth Education programs, Minyan Katan, and Minyan Gadol, and and our partnership with the Jewish Enrichment Center, as well special family education events.
- Adult Education—lay- and staff-led learning groups, including weekly Talmud study following Monday morning minyan and Sisterhood programs.
- Assistance in celebrating life cycle events—auf ruf, baby naming/brit milah, bar/bat mitzvah, conversion, funeral/cemetery, wedding. (Under certain circumstances, facility use may require an additional fee.)
- Pastoral counseling and hospital visitation.
The possibilities for participating in a vibrant learning community are bounded only by our imaginations.
Congregation Rodfei Zedek flouirshesbecause of the work of our members. Our lay leaders teach classes, plan events, balance the budget, and welcome new members. We encourage community members to join us in this fulfilling work. Do you have a good idea? An area of expertise? A particular talent or passion? Help us continue this valuable tradition of lay leadership and community support.
We continue to grow in size and in vigor because of your willingness to contribute to the future of this community. Two years ago, the congregation adopted a new approach to financing Congregation Rodfei Zedek, an approach that supports the learning, spiritual experiences, and relationships that mark us as an engaged Jewish community. We replaced the traditional dues model with a model called Terumah, named after the free will offering that our people gave to build the first sanctuary in the desert. We did this because we wanted the financial structure of Rodfei Zedek to reflect who we have become, and to be as clear and participatory as our coming together as a sacred community. Under the Terumah program, we welcome everyone who wants to be a member.
Terumah is based upon the operating budget of the congregation, on your personal finances, and on your commitment to sustaining the community in which we participate in many different ways. To maintain our current level of programs, education and observance, we recently recommended a Terumah commitment for 2019 of $1575 for single-adult households and $3150 for two-adult households. We ask you to participate at a level that reflects your heart, your resources, and your commitment to our community.
These contributions do not include the annual Kol Nidre Appeal, which we will continue as a separate appeal, or members' other general donations.
Terumah acknowledges that personal financial circumstances vary among members of the community, allowing some to participate at a substantially higher level than others. Terumah asks that each member of the community commit to supporting Rodfei Zedek at the highest level possible.
As a community, we value our responsibilities to ourselves, to each other, and to a Judaism that values both change and tradition. To date, we have had a very positive response to Terumah. We are glad to talk to you in person, by telephone, or by email if you have questions or would like more information about this model. For more information, contact Sara Segal Loevy, at segalloevy_at_gmail_dot_com.
Contact the Membership Committee for information about membership in CRZ ([email protected] or call the office at 773.752.2770).