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Congregation Kol Ami Membership Application FY 2022-23

We are delighted you have decided to join our family! We are a progressive Reform Jewish congregation founded in 1992 and affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism. We are respected for our commitment to social justice while warmly embracing and nurturing the spiritual, educational, and familial needs of our diverse community. We welcome everyone: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and straight people, their loved ones, families, and friends.
 
To further your full involvement in the life of the congregation, we ask you to complete this application form. The data you share remains completely confidential. This information helps us gather an accurate profile of our membership and thus enables us to more efficiently plan for our present and future programs.
 
Thank you for joining us! We look forward to welcoming you as a member of Congregation Kol Ami.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

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JEWISH/HEBREW BACKGROUND

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JEWISH/HEBREW BACKGROUND


FAMILY

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YAHRZEIT INFORMATION

CEMETERY INFORMATION


CONGREGATIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Our covenant of membership includes our members’ involvement in the life and activities of the synagogue. Please check the box beside the activities in which you are interested. Domestic Partners/Spouses may show different areas of interest by checking the second set of boxes provided.

MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE

DUES AS A SOURCE OF FUNDING
Congregation Kol Ami is a non-profit religious institution belonging to its membership. The primary source of funding for Kol Ami’s programs is derived from the dues contributed by its members. The member leadership conducts the business affairs of the synagogue in consultation with Rabbi Eger and the Executive Director. Through careful planning and review, the costs of operation are held to a minimum and are comparable to similar costs of other congregations in urban areas throughout the country.
 
STANDARD
Standard membership is $1,834 for an individual and $2,723 for a family. There are also membership rates for individuals and families 30 years old and under (see Membership & Donations section). In addition to membership, there is a $100 per household Security Protection fee and a $225 per household Building Maintenance Fund fee. Membership is for a one-year period, based on the synagogue’s fiscal year which begins July 1 and ends June 30. Membership may be paid annually (July 1), or over 10 months, starting July 1. Payment can be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX) or by check (see Membership & Donations section). Anyone unable to pay the Standard membership must speak with a member of the Executive Committee to request dues relief.
 
GIBORIM (HEROES)
Members are asked to contribute the Standard dues and are encouraged to consider joining our enhanced dues program, Giborim. Members of the Giborim program will receive special recognition as well as the gratitude of our entire community. It is in keeping with Jewish tradition that one contributes in accordance with the material blessings they have received.
 
RABBIS CIRCLE
Our Rabbis Circle is for members able to contribute $7,500 or more a year and they are invited to exclusive events with our Rabbis. It is our greatest hope that all congregants elect to contribute more than the Standard dues, increasing their level of annual support. This generosity directly enables individuals and families with more limited resources to remain an integral part of the Kol Ami community and advance our mission as a progressive Reform congregation that pursues social justice, supports Israel, and provides a diverse Jewish spiritual home.

LEGACY CIRCLE

AN INVITATION FROM KOL AMI’S LEADERSHIP
We have established the Legacy Circle to honor and recognize members and friends who have remembered Kol Ami through their wills and trusts. We invite you to become a member of the Legacy Circle, helping to ensure the future of Congregation Kol Ami for generations to come. Help to secure the continued availability of our warm and nurturing sanctuary of acceptance and our commitments to Israel and the principals of social justice and diversity. The Legacy Circle will ensure that Kol Ami can generate enough income to maintain the synagogue for years to come. It will be one of your finest legacies.
 
MEMBERS WILL BE RECOGNIZED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS
  • Invitations to special gatherings, including dinner with Rabbi Eger and Rabbi Levy
  • Acknowledgement on the Legacy Circle plaque placed at the entrance to the synagogue
  • Invitations to estate planning seminars
TYPES OF BEQUESTS INCLUDE
  • Designating Kol Ami in your will or trust
  • Creating a charitable gift annuity
  • Donating your house or other property, continuing to live there, and receiving an immediate tax deduction
“Great is the privilege of the philanthropist, for [they] awaken the good in the Jewish community. In as much as tzedakah is the Tree of Life, it saves us from death.” - Zohar iii, 111a

MEMBERSHIP & DONATIONS

DONATIONS (please check all in which you want to participate)
[$150 each, *date(s) chosen by you]
[$750 each (member price)]

METHOD OF PAYMENT (dues may be paid over a 10-month period by credit card)

By signing this application, you hereby grant permission to Congregation Kol Ami to use photographs and/or video of you in publications, news releases, online, and in any other communications related to the mission of Congregation Kol Ami.

For questions, please contact Kol Ami's Administrative Office at 323.606.0996
Mon, September 26 2022 1 Tishrei 5783