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Membership

"Find for yourself a rabbi (to support and teach you), take for yourself a friend (to do mitzvot together), and judge each member of the community for their merit."

(Pirkei Avot 1:6)

Membership is an opportunity to develop friendships, learn, become involved in your heritage, and support the only LGBTQ+ synagogue in the Washington, DC area. Come join us!

To join Bet Mishpachah as a member is easy.  The Membership Information Guide provides important information on the benefits of membership. Our membership year runs from July 1 through June 30. 

To join or renew, download our four-page membership packet. The first two pages provide us with information about you as well as the dues that are applicable. Note that Bet Mishpachah offers special dues rates for full-time students, young adult members, new members, and those living outside the Washington/Baltimore area. Reduced dues are available for those who cannot afford the full amount.  No one is denied membership for financial reasons.

Members may use the Yahrtzeit form on the fourth page of the packet to update their list of loved ones or to add new Yahrtzeits to be mentioned at our services.  In addition, we welcome you to complete the form on the third page of the packet to indicate specific interests that you might have to enhance your participation with our congregation.

There are several ways to submit your membership materials:

Membership Forms

1.         Print and mail the forms to Bet Mishpachah, PO Box 1410, Washington, DC 20013; or

2.         Download the forms, complete them electronically, and email the completed PDF forms to membershipdirector@betmish.org.

 Dues Payments

1.         Mail a check or credit card information to Bet Mishpachah, PO Box 1410, Washington, DC 20013.  This can be mailed together with the membership forms; or

2.         Pay your dues via PayPal on the website.  In the field on the PayPal form titled "General Donation or Specific Fund," indicate "Membership: Full Payment" or "Membership: Installment," as applicable.  PayPal can be accessed through the Donate page.

       Do not sent credit card information by email as it is not secure.

Member benefits end at the end of the membership year.  If you have difficulty in renewing your membership for any reason, please contact the Director of Membership.

 

Benefits of Membership

Benefits of membership include:

•          Inclusion in a vibrant, dynamic, welcoming, social, and spiritual community;

•          Opportunities to celebrate joyous occasions, milestones, and life cycle events;

•          Support during times of illness or loss;

•          Participation in religious rituals on Shabbat and other Holy Days, including aliyot and other Torah honors, leading services, and singing in the choir;

•          Leadership and service opportunities both within the congregation and through community-wide social justice projects;

o          Projects with HIAS

o          Founding member of the World Congress

o          Founding membership in the new National Capital Synagogue Coalition for Refugees and Immigrants;

•          Yahrtzeit reminders - individually by mail, by listing in our newsletter, and by announcement from the bima during services;

•          Our bimonthly newsletter, Mishpachah Matters;

•          E-mail notices of special events and happenings: "This Weekend and Beyond," “Social Justice Special Edition," and more;

•          Jewish education programs and classes;

•          High Holy Day and Break-the-Fast Tickets;

•          Discounted membership dues for students, young professionals, seniors, and income-sensitive memberships;

...and more!

 

Out of Town Membership

Out-of-Town Membership is available for those who live outside of the following jurisdictions. Membership dues are approximately one-half. All benefits of membership are retained.

•          Alexandria

•          Anne Arundel

•          Arlington

•          Baltimore

•          Calvert

•          Charles

•          District of Columbia

•          Fairfax

•          Howard

•          Loudoun

•          Montgomery

•          Prince George's

•          Prince William

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