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How To Join BJC

Are you interested in becoming part of our community? You can call the BJC Office at 301-469-8636 or contact us at admin@bethesdajewish.org for more information. Our Rabbi will always make himself available to you.  And, of course, our Membership chair would be delighted to talk to you. Click here to connect. 

Here are some important factors to consider:

1. All are welcome. We are a diverse congregation, not only from the perspective of how we practice Judaism, but also in our makeup. Many of our members have had traditional Jewish upbringings, others less so.  BJC stresses equal participation of all its members. At BJC you will find singles, couples, and families. We are committed to involving and respecting those with special needs, interfaith families, LGBTQ individuals and families, and people of color. We welcome anyone who wants to be a part of our community. 

2. BJC chooses to remain independent, that is, not officially affiliate with any of the established movements. BJC takes a trans-denominational approach to Jewish worship and thought. We use prayer books of both the Reform and Conservative movements for their even-handed balance between Hebrew and English in the liturgy. We also use liturgies prepared by our Rabbi. 

3. We don’t pay dues; we pay synagogue support. Support of our synagogues and Jewish institutions is called for in the Torah. It is in this spirit that we need our members to contribute to keep the synagogue a center for education and spiritual life.

BJC offers a support schedule that varies based on families, singles, single parents, couples, and retirees. No one will be refused membership based on an inability to pay. Anyone wishing special arrangements should contact the BJC office for more information.

For our 2020-2021 year, the following are our synagogue support levels. 

  • Family (non-retired couple, with or without children):  $2710
  • Retired couple:  $2090 
  • Single:  $2010 
  • Affiliate: $1000 (member of another congregation, who also wants to join BJC)

4. There’s no building fund!  Because BJC does not own its own facilities—we have permanent, shared sacred space at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. You pay only your synagogue support and any applicable religious school fees.

5. Families do pay additional fees for Hebrew instruction. Families new to BJC with children in the religious school have a 25% discount on first year tuition for Judaic studies classes. There are also special rates for families with more than one child in school.

Religious School Tuition: One child:  $1120; Two children:  $1815; Three children:  $2405

6. B’Nai Mitzvah: Every Bar or Bat Mitzvah receives individual support and tutoring from the Rabbi. We will help your child become ready for this meaningful Jewish rite. 

7. We walk the walk when it comes to making new members feel welcome.  We’ll pair you with someone who will help you fit right into BJC.


 

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781