We welcome new members wishing to be part of the B’nai Shalom community.

Members in good standing are entitled to seating during High Holidays, and receive our monthly bulletin, Traditionally Speaking, and other benefits.

Members are required to pay annual dues which vary based on age and on the number of people in their family. Members are also required to make a one-time contribution to the shul’s Building Fund, to assist us in maintaining our facilities.

Members are also entitled to purchase reserved seats in the sanctuary for an additional one-time fee. These seats are used primarily during High Holidays. If you do not own a seat in the shul, one is assigned to you during High Holidays, but this may be in one of the overflow areas adjoining the sanctuary. All seats have a full view of the bimah.

Membership dues, Building Fund contributions and all other donations to the shul are tax deductible. Members receive an annual statement of contributions for their tax records.

If you have membership questions, please call the shul office at (847) 415-1370. Our membership Vice-President, Ken Krakman, will be happy to call you back.

Members who request discounted dues or special payment arrangements should contact the Financial Vice President., Henry Brandys.  All discounted and special payment arrangements will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Current dues structure as adopted by the Board on Monday, March 19, 2018:

In consideration of the Synagogue’s financial needs, the potential loss of donations as a result of the recent revision to the Tax Code, and the dues structure of other area synagogues,** dues are set at the levels set forth below. The new levels (before and after an “early bird” discount of $100) would be as follows:

Regular Dues Structure

Family* Dues: $1,876

Family Dues as reduced by “early bird” payment by August 15 (date subject to change every year): $1,776

Single Dues: $938

Single Dues as reduced by “early bird” payment by August 15 (date subject to change every year): $838

Discounted Dues Structure

Family: <35: $990

Family: <35 as reduced by “early bird” payment by August 15 (date subject to change every year): $890

Single: <35: $495

Single: <35 as reduced by “early bird” payment by August 15 (date subject to change every year): $395

Family: = or >65: $990

Family:  = or >65 as reduced by “early bird” payment by August 15 (date subject to change every year): $890

Single:  = or >65: $495

Single:  = or >65 as reduced by “early bird” payment by August 15 (date subject to change every year): $395

New Family Membership 1st Year Special Discounted Rate: $938

New Single Membership 1st Year Special Discounted Rate: $469

*Family Membership includes spouses and children living at home (or in college or the armed forces)

**Comparable synagogue info:

Synagogue A Family <66 would pay $2,550 and >65 would pay $1,550
Synagogue B Family <70 would pay $2,100; at 70 discounted to $1,400
Synagogue C Family would pay $2,900 (there is no age-based discount)