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Membership FAQ

 

How Do I Become A Member of Congregation Shalom? What is the Process?
We hope you will join our community! Linda Holifield, Executive Director is happy to speak with you regarding membership. Contact her by email at linda@cong-shalom.org or by phone at (414) 352-9288 for more information and a membership packet. Once you have completed and submitted the membership forms, you are considered a temple member.

 

How Can I Meet Congregation Shalom's Clergy?
We encourage you to get to know our Rabbis and Cantor by attending Shabbat services. You may also arrange a private appointment with any of our clergy by calling the Temple.

 

We are an Interfaith Couple. If we join, will we be welcome at Congregation Shalom?
Yes, all family members are warmly welcomed at Congregation Shalom. We encourage members to attend services and participate in programs as a family so that the family unit can become closer and understand Jewish history, traditions and culture. When a family joins Congregation Shalom all immediate family members are considered full members. All non-Jewish spouses/partners are welcomed and encouraged to participate in programs. Congregation Shalom has many interfaith couples/families. Our goal is to welcome and include all members regardless of their religious upbringing.

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Will I be able to Participate in Services if I Don't Read Hebrew?
The prayer books are written for all levels of understanding. The text is written in three types of wording: Hebrew, English transliteration, and English. Throughout the service our Rabbis and Cantor guide the congregation through the prayer book so that the congregant may follow the service in wording that is most comfortable to the individual. We offer Adult Education Classes in Hebrew if you would like to expand your knowledge.

 

How Can I Get Involved?
If you are looking to become active in synagogue life, Congregation Shalom has much to offer. One of the best ways to get involved is to join a committee. Committees offer a way to meet other congregants with similar interests while working on projects and activities that further the work of the synagogue. When you first become a member or at any other time, we can discuss the programs, groups and classes that interest you. We encourage you to become an active member in our warm and welcoming community.

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Why Should I Join?
At Congregation Shalom we support one another with a caring community and a culture of inclusiveness. We have weekly worship opportunities, adult education, religious school for children, youth groups, and many other activities. Not only are there many opportunities to meet others with like interests, but there is an environment of warmth that makes us not only a special congregation, but a true community.

 

Why Should I Join Now? My Child is Too Young for Religious School
Being part of the synagogue community enriches each of us. At Congregation Shalom, we provide ongoing opportunities to study, experience, and enjoy being connected to one another. We also have special programming and reduced annual commitment levels for young families.

 

What If We Are Experiencing a Financial Hardship?
No one will be denied membership due to financial circumstances. All Jews, or those with Jewish spouses or partners, are welcome to become members. Individuals and families who have questions about our Annual Commitment schedule may work with our Executive Director to arrange for a mutually agreeable commitment of support.
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Fri, September 30 2022 5 Tishrei 5783