Membership Information & Form, 5779 (2018–2019)

To those considering joining our community:

We invite you to contact Marcy Boroff, Membership Board Representative, to arrange for a tour of the synagogue

and to meet with Rabbi Shawn Zevit.

Thank you for joining, or re-joining, Mishkan Shalom for 5779 — the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. Your support sustains our vibrant community! This form provides information to update our Member Directory, so please complete each section.

Consistent with our values and Statement of Principles, we ask that each household make an informed decisionbased on Mishkan Shalom’s needs and your financial circumstancesof which Membership Commitment Level best reflects your ability to support our community through annual dues. We are committed to the principle that those with means will give more, and those with less will give up to their ability.

We do not have “categories” of membership. Our goal is that households who can afford it contribute $2,500.00, or more, in dues. This is the same, or less, than most similar-sized congregations charge. This amount enables us to cover at least 60% of expenditures through dues with the balance coming from rent, program income, fundraising events and additional donations. Help us build on our successes and rebuild average dues to where they need to be.

To help guide your decision, we have developed the following Membership Commitment Levels.

We hope that you will give with a full heart.
  • To Guard from Generation to GenerationLishmur l'Dor v'Dor: $5,000.00 and above
    At this level, you provide that extra financial support to ensure that Mishkan Shalom continues to be a vital community from generation to generation.

  • To Succeed — L’hatsliakh: $3,500.00 to $4,999.00
    At this level, you help Mishkan Shalom succeed (l’hatsliakh) as a strong and growing community by providing extra support for staff and educational programs.

  • To Sustain — Litmokh: $2,501.00 to $3,499.00
    At this level, you help to sustain (litmokh) us by providing the share needed to cover the dues portion of Mishkan Shalom’s operating expenses, recognizing that not all of our households can give at this level. The average dues of $2,500.00 is needed to meet around 60% of our expenses. This is a vital level for building our community and our Mishkan.

  • To Build — Livnot: $1,800.00 to $2,499.00  
    At this level, you help Mishkan Shalom build (livnot) connections between all members.

  • To Grow — L’hagdil: $750.00 to $1,799.00
    In this level, you help Mishkan Shalom grow (l’hagdil) in many important ways. It is also appropriate for those who are members of another synagogue or faith community.

  • Mishkan Shalom's policy is Open Door — Delet Petukha: $749.00 or less. We open our doors to all. Special circumstances or hardships, stages of life, temporary situations may put all the suggested levels out of reach. We welcome you as a full member.

Feel free to send in your check or pay by credit card, online, below.

Membership requires 1) Submission of your Membership Form (online or by printed form sent in to the office) and 2) An initial payment, under the payment plan you select.


You can complete it and email it back to:
You can print it out, complete it and return it to the office or mail it to:
Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128

You can pay online even if you complete the downloaded (printed) Membership Form.

Note: Memberships (and these listings) are by household. If your household includes two adult members, make one of you Member 1 and the other Member 2. We will alphabetize the directory under the name of Member 1, with a cross-reference listing under the name of Member 2. Note: School Enrollment Forms are available from the school or by clicking SCHOOL here. Tuition may be paid either by check or by clicking TUITION here.

Please tell us which describes you.


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