Membership… It’s not like joining a gym.

If you’re ready to join, apply here.

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Why Should I Join?

"Do not separate yourself from the community."
~ Rabbi Hillel

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

~ Kurt Vonnegut.

Becoming a member of Emanu-El isn’t like joining a gym. Membership means you are taking responsibility for ensuring the vibrancy and livelihood of YOUR community. You will immediately become part of one of the most historic congregations in the world and carry on the legacy of our community.

Why Does Membership Cost Money?

At Congregation Emanu-El we ask you to "choose your dues" for your first fiscal year of membership, under our voluntary system.  

No one has ever been denied membership due to financial circumstances. After the first year of membership, we will help all who are interested to continue as members of the congregation. All Jews, or those with Jewish partners, are welcome to become members. To learn more about membership, contact Terry Kraus.

What Are Some of The Benefits Of Membership?

High Holy Day One Pass
There are tens of thousands of Jews in our community and our synagogue has limited number of seats..  Despite all the additional High Holy Day Services we have added, there still is not room for everyone. Therefore, a High Holy Day Pass is for members of Emanu-El.

Access to Clergy
Members can meet with our clergy for religious counseling and lifecycle events including weddings, b’nai mitzvahs, funerals, and more. Even if these events are years away, joining now allows you to develop a personal relationship with our clergy so you know who you prefer to be by your side during your life’s defining moments.

Wedding Discounts
Members pay virtually nothing for a wedding at Emanu-El. All sanctuaries are free to use and the clergy waive their wedding fees. However, these discounts only apply if you have been a member for more than a year. Even if you are single, you never know when you will meet “The One.” Don’t wait and you’ll save big bucks to help pay for your wedding party, your honeymoon, or a big screen TV!

More Discounts and Priority Registration
Members receive special discounts on programs such as classes, dinners, and more. Members also receive priority registration and discounted rates when reserving Emanu-El event spaces, such as the Main Sanctuary.

Young Adult Leadership Committee (YALC)
Only members are invited to join the committee, which works closely with our clergy and staff to conceptualize, plan, and implement all of our exciting young adult programs and events. If you want to be a leader in our community, then become a member and join YALC. Additionally, only members are eligible to be elected to our Board of Directors and serve on other committees.

Priority Enrollment in Preschool
The longer you are a member, the higher priority your children have when enrolling in our popular preschool. Even if children are just a “twinkle in your eye,” if you wait until you have children, then your priority will be lower than if you became a member earlier.

Member-Only Benefits
These are benefits that are free or offered at a discount for members only:

- Brit milah/baby naming (offsite for members only)
- Funeral or memorial service (offsite for members only)
- B’nai mitzvah training and ceremony
- Clergy home or hospital visit
- Priority enrollment in preschool, youth education, and adult education
- Union of reform judaism benefits (camps, NFTY, conventions)

Benefit Extension to Family
Clergy services for weddings, funerals, and memorial services are extended to your family, including your spouse, same or opposite sex domestic partner, grandparents, parents, children, and siblings. It also extends to your spouse or partner’s family and any “step” family members. So by joining Emanu-El you can provide some crucial services for your family.

Membership at Congregation Emanu-El is unique, affordable, and flexible. We invite you to learn more by contacting Terry Kraus at or (415) 751-2535


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