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2021-2022 Membership Renewal with Voluntary Commitment

Shir Hadash is committed to excellence - in programming, education, staffing, and service. Excellence includes meeting our budget. Shir Hadash exists because members recognize and fulfill their responsibility toward its preservation. When you become a part of Shir Hadash, your commitment of financial support helps assure the ongoing vitality of our community.


And congratulations on making our voluntary commitment model a huge success. Two years ago, we initiated a voluntary commitment model to replace our old, outmoded dues model. Shir Hadash believes our members are our most important asset. We believe that you should decide what you can afford to pay to be a member of the Shir Hadash community. Your membership, and this community, is most important to us.

Our experience over the last year has been Covid-19 challenged!  But the world today is returning to a new normal and we have re-opened for in-person events while still maintaining a presence on Zoom, which is appreciated by many members. 

Now is the time to review your voluntary commitment. The proposed budget has been sent to each of you and was passed at the Annual Meeting. Based on our increased number of members, the break even (the total expenses divided by the total number of adult members) is $1,615 per adult. This break even is the total of the voluntary commitment and other contributions, such as the High Holidays appeal, made to the synagogue. It does not include religious school tuition/fees or the Building Fund, which is becoming increasingly important in our 46 year old building.

Remember, the more members we have, the lower the amount we need per member to get to break even. So the best thing members can do this year is to spread the word to help us grow again. And to monetarily contribute as much as your head and heart tells you is right, even in this difficult time, but especially, even more so now!

The budget our members passed still projects a deficit, but that deficit will evaporate if, on average, we brought in $1,615 per adult member ($3,230 for a 2 adult household). Some can contribute at a higher level and we really need their help. If you can contribute at least 10% more than you did last year, that will significantly help us as during these uncertain times when others members are struggling.

We need you now to think about all the benefits of being a member of Shir Hadash, to once again evaluate your family’s financial situation, and to make a voluntary contribution with which you are comfortable. As you know we want you as our member, we want you to decide what you can afford to be a member, and remember that no one will ever second guess your commitment amount.

Last year we did great things together. Let the coming year be even greater.

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