FAQs About Membership

Membership in Temple Beth Shalom represents a commitment to our mission statement:

Congregation Temple Beth Shalom commits to nurture and celebrate our connection with God, to cultivate a love and understanding of the Jewish heritage, and to strengthen community through the wholehearted practice of Tikkun Olam, the repair, healing and transformation of the world.

What’s in it for me?
From baby namings to funeral services, the benefits of Temple membership are numerous and varied. But the real benefit is community: as you are there for us, so we are there for you. Whether you come once a year for High Holy Days or share in our services every Shabbat, your membership makes you part of a Jewish family. Like any family, we will both delight and annoy you. What more could a Jew ask?

What’s in it for TBS?
“These are the obligations whose reward is without measure.” The words of our Shabbat prayer have special significance in this context. The Jewish community can survive only if every member supports it. Just as you take responsibility for our needs with your contributions, we in turn pledge to care about yours. We welcome your honesty with regard to your own financial situation. At Temple Beth Shalom, there is no such thing as “I can’t afford to be a member.” Come talk to us: we want to bring you closer.

Can I join at any time?
Yes. Dues may be prorated depending on when you join and dues relief is always available. The TBS fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. If you purchase tickets for High Holy Days at a non-member rate and then decide to join within 60 days, the cost of the tickets can be applied to your annual dues.

What is Temple Beth Shalom doing to insure its financial future?
Because we care deeply about our synagogue today, we have had the foresight to plan for tomorrow. The Temple Beth Shalom Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable organization, was established with the sole purpose of managing Temple Beth Shalom's endowment. It is a goal of the Foundation to create designated funds which will underwrite important areas of Temple life, such as rabbinic leadership, religious school, the community Passover seder, prayerbook acquisition, the maintenance of our Torahs, and adult education, to name but a few. We encourage you to consider the Foundation when doing estate planning.

What if Santa Fe is not my primary residence?
Those who live in Santa Fe or Northern New Mexico six months or less annually and do not consider Santa Fe or Northern New Mexico to be their primary residence and/or those who belong to another Jewish congregation at their primary residence are eligible for part-time membership. All the benefits and obligations of membership at half the cost, excepting only the right to vote at congregational meetings.

What if I am like one of the four sons at Passover and I don’t know what to ask?
In that case, you must be like the wise son. In our Jewish world, we truly see each of our congregants as an individual and we know that every individual has a unique perspective that demands a unique answer. All of our staff members will be glad to make themselves available for some “face time” – just give us a call.

Anything else I should know?
Well, we are members of the Union for Reform Judaism, the umbrella organization of the Reform Movement in Judaism. The URJ seeks to foster the vibrancy of Reform Judaism through Torah (lifelong Jewish education), avodah (worship), and gemilut chasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace, and deeds of loving-kindness). They support Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion which trains the rabbis, cantors, educators, and other professionals essential to our religious community. Finally, the URJ is supportive of the State of Israel and the Jewish people and works to develop Liberal Judaism worldwide under the auspices of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. In exchange, URJ member congregations are assessed dues in accordance with their size, their expenses, and the nature of their programs. As you support us, so we support them.

Where can I learn more?
Just go to the front page of our website (www.sftbs.org) and subscribe to our weekly e-digest. Click the email digest icon underneath the picture at the top-left corner. The digest is free and full of up-to-date information about events in our community.

How To Make the Connection

We make it easy to connect to your Judaism.

Services: Every Friday, every Saturday morning, Monday morning minyan, Saturday morning Torah study, Jewish holidays galore! Worship is our business and tradition is our middle name. And, for the youngest members of our family, there is a joyous Tot & Family Shabbat on the first Friday of each month whenever Religious School is in session. For up to the minute details about dates & times, view the home page at our website or call the office: (505) 982-1376.

Religious School, Preschool, & Youth Group: Our children are our greatest asset! Our Religious School is spectacular (even the kids think so!). Director Joy Rosenberg gives our teenagers not only the best of their Jewish heritage but a place they think of as their second home. Preschool Director Rabbi Jenny Goldfried Amswych leads a dedicated group of teachers in a setting full of warmth and excitement. Ellen Zieselman, Youth Group (BSTY) Director, welcomes all Jewish high school students in Santa Fe – Temple membership not required. (How’s that for a way to connect?)

Adult Education: Our courses are delicious! Whether you want to learn Hebrew or Kabbalah, whether you want a single class or a year’s worth, we probably have something in our Adult Education program that will be just the thing you are looking for. And, if we don’t, we invite you to ask for it, or even teach it!

Still on the fence? Don't be a stranger! Everyone is welcome at services, events, and classes. Drop in, sign up, get to know us. We think you'll like us!

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Services & Study This Week

Friday, November 24
6:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service with Friday Night Live!

Saturday, November 25
9:00 am Bagels and Coffee followed by Torah Study
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service

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