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Member Community Commitment

The First Year of the Member Community Commitment has been a Great Success.

Spring 2016


Last year at this time, the leadership of the congregation came to you, the members, with a proposal for a new approach to annual member support for Beth Hillel Temple. Instead of outlining a set amount for dues, we told you what the Temple needed and asked each of you to be stakeholders in support of the community as a whole. We concluded it was time for Beth Hillel Temple to adopt a more progressive Member Community Commitment” program. Past membership dues levels were communicated to each of you, and how that compared to what an apportioned cost of annual operation was, to allow members to confirm the level of support they were best able to provide to our community.

Our intent was that this cooperative process better aligned with Beth Hillel Temple's values and reinforced our goals to be inclusive and welcoming to all regardless of financial means. Importantly, the system was meant to reinforce each member’s understanding of their individual role in sustaining our Jewish community and ensure Beth Hillel Temple has the funds required to sustain high quality programming and education for all ages, maintain our building, and afford our highly experienced full time Rabbi. The members were informed that the sustaining level of $2500 was the amount of money needed per member unit this year to meet the congregation’s total expenses.

The Member Community Commitment has been a success!

We are pleased to report the outcome of the first year of this new process. At present, the congregation has 129 member families. This number has held fairly steady over the past several years. 

For the 2015-16 Fiscal Year,:

        members pledged in total 2% above the amount budgeted  for annual member support.

        as of May 27 , members had returned payments of 94% of the budgeted amount.

Phenomenally, 82 member units, about 2/3 of the total, pledged at 3% or above what they paid in dues last year (2014-15).  Seven families are new and 29 pledged the same or less than they paid last year.  Sixteen families pledged at or above the sustaining level of $2500.

New members have commented that they appreciate the low pressure approach of being given the chance to determine the level at which they will support the congregation.  Established members have commented that this approach allows for a more positive sense of engagement with the Temple.

What next?

If you have not fulfilled your Member Community Commitment for the 2015 -6 year, please do so at your earliest convenience.  You should have received an invoice recently identifying any outstanding amounts between what you pledged and have paid. If you cannot fulfill your MCC pledge, please fill out a new pledge form with your updated commitment.  This is important so we can maintain our budget for the fiscal year which ends on June 30. We happen to be an unusual small congregation in that we have chosen to work hard to maintain a full time Rabbi, a building of our own, and a robust education for our children. These factors have led to the caring community we cherish. The pledges committed help pay for all of this. If the money collected falls short we will eventually need to cut programming and staff.

Soon members will receive a request to submit their 2016-2017 pledge. Please return your MCC pledge by July 1, 2016. This can be done at the Temple website or by mail.

 It is essential that every member affirm their continued membership and stake in the congregation by completing their pledge. Thank you all for being a stakeholder in this congregation we all hold dear.



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