As a congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Or Adam believes that there should be no barriers to if one wishes to be part of a congregation. While other congregations often spend much of their time fundraising for buildings, projects, and the associated administrative expenses, Or Adam believes that dues should never be a reason why one chooses not to attend services, observe holidays, or miss being part of a congregational family.
We believe that anyone who connects intellectually, spiritually, or ancestrally are invited to be part of our community. To that end, Or Adam has introduced a new voluntary dues structure. In short, members will be asked to pay what they feel the congregation is worth to them or what they can afford. $100 minimum dues has been set as the requisite amount (this covers each member’s membership to the Society For Humanistic Judiasm).
This structure arises from the writings of Rabbis Kerry and Avi Olitzky in their book, New Membership & Financial Alternatives for the American Synagogue (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2015), xxiii,
“We have come to a time to change the way synagogue leaders and members think about dues, to drop the image of dues as a form of taxation—which few people actually enjoy paying—and to promote the notion that dues are an expression of philanthropy, giving from the heart, which has the potential to elevate the soul.”
With this in mind, Or Adam will be focusing on what our members value most. This includes creative, fun, and interesting services, holiday celebrations, educational, and community service opportunities.
Congregants may donate as they see fit either an amount of their choice or at one of the many levels available such as Chai Supporter ($180), Double Chai Supporter ($360), all the way up through a Multiple Chai Benefactor ($1080). Members can also sponsor Oneg’s for $18.
We also offer our children’s Sunlight School at $50 for members and $100 non-members. Again arrangements can be made as we don’t want tuition to stand in the way of a child’s learning about their Jewish identity.
High Holidays (celebrated at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center), this year, will be “ticket free” with guests asked to make a minimum $25 contribution. Military personnel are invited to be our guests free of charge.
Or Adam invites anybody who is Jewish by birth, by choice, by association, and with partners who wish to retain their own religious and cultural identification to visit us and find out more about us and Humanistic Judaism.
You can also learn more about us at our website: http:/oradam.com, by emailing our Madrikh (spiritual leader) Jeffrey Schesnol at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 480-865-4710.
We invite you to come learn about Humanistic Judaism. We will welcome you with open arms!