Membership

Temple Beth David
 

Membership at TBD

Wedding Dance
Holding Candle
Kids making picnic blessing

Joining Temple Beth David of the South Shore

Looking for a terrific Temple? There is so much we can say about our amazing community! Who we are: Temple Beth David is welcoming and inclusive, open to individuals from different backgrounds and divergent points of view. We are vibrant, innovative, supportive of each other, relevant, diverse and a participatory Reform Jewish Community serving the urban and suburban South Shore communities of Boston. Through lifelong learning and teaching of Torah, we search for meaning, seeking comfort, healing, and celebration in our lives. TBD reaches out to neighbors in the communities where we live and beyond through community service, embracing causes of social justice and providing opportunities to accomplish deeds of loving kindness. Worship and Community Temple Beth David is open to all who seek spiritual and personal growth in Judaism. Our synagogue prides itself on warmth, friendship, music, song, learning, and helping others. We are an active and inclusive community that welcomes individuals, couples, and families from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. We are proud to be a home for LGBTQ members and families, as well as non-Jews who are exploring Judaism or are members of Jewish families.

Education

Temple Beth David has a preschool for our young ones and a one-day-per-week religious and Hebrew school program on Sundays. Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah program is excellent, and we are proud to be affiliated with Prozdor for our post B’nai Mitzvah students. Our adult education offers lectures, weekly Torah study, frequent “lunch-and-learn” sessions with the Rabbi and other in-depth topics of interest. Our library is newly renovated and a great place for study.  

Social Life

Our dynamic Chai Society (formerly Sisterhood and Brotherhood) offer a wide array of social programs, including Sunday brunches, presentations, cookouts, knitting, book group, evenings out and more. It is easy to make new friends and establish lasting relationships over the years.

Come and Visit!

At Temple Beth David, visitors are always welcome. Feel free to drop in on a Friday evening Shabbat service or Saturday morning Torah study. If you enjoy your experience, and we are confident you will, we would be honored to have you consider membership.

Membership is available to you regardless of your financial situation and confidentially is honored. We invite you to inquire about joining our Temple family via the contact form below.

Fair Share Dues

For many Jews, choosing to belong to a synagogue reflects a serious commitment to the Jewish community. Often, our strongest and deepest connection to the Jewish people is first through family and second through our affiliation with a congregation.
 
At Temple Beth David, we strive to make this a special place that nurtures each member’s relationship to Judaism and the Jewish community. And although the synagogue is a spiritual home, we can not ignore the reality of fiscal considerations: we need money to keep our doors wide open. By far the greatest financial resource for us at TBD is membership pledges.
 
Fair Share is the pledge structure we use at Temple Beth David. The basic premise is that each member unit contributes according to its ability to pay, not according to arbitrary dues categories (i.e., single, family, senior, etc.) that do not necessarily reflect the true financial situation of the member/family. Fair Share is an attempt to allow people to contribute what they can actually afford without the constrictions of arbitrary categories. We do not ask for proof of financial status. No financial documents are required. Rather, we ask that each member/family pledge as honestly and as accurately as possible.
 
Helpful guidelines are given that suggest a pledge based on income. For those who cannot afford the suggested pledge, we have an Abatement committee that reviews any requests from congregants.
 
We are committed to making EVERYONE feel welcome, regardless of ability to pay; no one is ever turned away because they can’t “afford” to join. We are proud of our commitment to the Fair Share system. We believe it is truly the fairest way to be financially responsible.

Contact Membership Chair

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Shabbat Dinner at TBD

Every Friday Rabbi Winship is in town (and some when he is not), he and Jasmine host an informal and delightful Shabbat dinner prior to Friday evening services. They cook up a big batch of chicken along with a few sides. Other attendees also bring sides and some come early to help set up the tables.

Attendance at the Shabbat Dinner is OPEN TO ALL and is absolutely free! Whether you’re a TBD member, searcher, family or friend, you are welcome at our Shabbat dinner table. A contribution of a side dish or salad is always welcome, and you are always welcome to bring your own special beverages.

We ask folks to RSVP to rabbi@templebethdavid.com by Thursday afternoon, so that he knows how many tables will need to be set up and to make sure there is more than enough food. However, an RSVP is not necessary if you decide to attend at the last minute. There is always enough to go around!

If you have a craving for company and the rich tradition of a sit-down Shabbat meal on Friday night, please join in and become a regular!

Dinner is served at 6:15 pm Services begin at 7:30 pm Kiddush and Oneg follow services

Rabbi Winship tells this story: While he was growing up, his family always had Friday night dinner together. After a week of wearing jeans and T-shirts he dressed for dinner. His mother on the other hand, dressed in a business suit all week and wore PJs to dinner. The point of the story is, come however you want, be comfortable, and relax.

Just come!

Get Involved! Committees at Temple Beth David

Adult Education
If you are interested in helping to plan classes, programs, guest speakers and trips to help adults of all backgrounds grow and learn together, please contact adulteducation@templebethdavid.com
Chai Society
All new members of TBD receive a complimentary one-year membership to our Chai Society (formerly the Sisterhood and Brotherhood). Chai provides help with raising the sukkah at the beginning of the year to the end of the year religious school party, with many other activities during the year. They also provide much needed funds for the temple by hosting the Hanukkah supper, one of our most popular events! Contact chai@templebethdavid.com
Chesed
If you are interested in providing services, support and comfort to congregants in need, or if you or a family member are in need, please contact chesed@templebethdavid.com
Communication
If you are interested in helping to create ads, garner publicity for TBD in local newspapers, and contribute information for our weekly e-blast and/or our website, please contact communications@templebethdavid.com
Religious School
Our religious School includes Hebrew instruction and is staffed by paid professionals and meets once a week on Sunday mornings. Additional information and the school calendar can be found in the School brochure. For more information or to get involved, contact school@templebethdavid.com
Building and Grounds
If you are interested in helping to improve the Temple building and grounds or helping with set- up and clean-up needs, please contact the Building and Grounds committee at buildingandgrounds@templebethdavid.com
Membership
If you are interested in helping to recruit and integrate new members, to form special interest groups, and to retain long-time members, please contact membership@templebethdavid.com
Music
Under the direction of Cantorial Soloist Howard Worona we have an adult choir that leads us in song during the High Holidays, some Shabbat services, and special occasions. If you are interested in joining the choir or any participating in other musical aspects of our community, please contact music@templebethdavid.com
Religious affairs
If you are interested in helping to determine the nature of worship at Temple Beth David, planning the High Holy Day services, setting policies regarding b’nai mitzvah celebrations,
leading services, and helping with festival programming throughout the year, please contact the Religious Affairs committee at religiouspractices@templebethdavid.com
Tikkun Olam
If you are interested in working with others on social action programs to help “repair the world,” please contact the Tikkun Olam committee, at tikkunolam@templebethdavid.com
Youth
If you are interested in helping to plan programs for our youth, please contact youth@templebethdavid.com
House
If you are interested in renting the building or placing a program on the calendar, please contact house@templebethdavid.com

Temple Beth David of the South Shore | PO Box 479 | 1060 Randolph Street | Canton, MA 02021 | 781.828.2275