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Membership

When you join Congregation Beth Or, you become part of our multi-generational community committed to connecting richly with Judaism and with each other. Our size is indeed our strength! In our vibrant and diverse community, you will find a wide range of opportunities to engage spiritually, educationally, socially and/or emotionally in Jewish life. For all ages and interests, backgrounds and experiences, meaningful connections are waiting for you at Beth Or.

We are fortunate to have exceptional clergy, and knowledgeable, friendly staff dedicated to guiding each person toward experiences that are personally fulfilling. Our professionals work together with many devoted volunteers to continually bring new and exciting ideas to life while paying homage to our traditions. Whatever your area of interest, you’ll find many ways to get involved in our Beth Or community.

Would you like to schedule a tour? Do you have general membership questions? Contact Jillian Glick, 215-646-5806 x234.

Download our Membership Form 


What Do our members say?

“The Cohn family came to Beth Or in 1972 to be a part of a vibrant Jewish Community. That community has embraced us and given us the opportunity to make lifelong friends, to express ourselves through volunteering in the many ways that have meant the world to us. and has given us a clergy who always become friends and who inspire us in word and music.” - Andy & Art Cohn 

“Being a member of Congregation Beth Or is important because our family feels connected to the Jewish community.  Being part of Beth Or is special because our family and we have met some of our best friends at Beth Or. We've enjoyed many simchas together at, and because of Beth Or. Being at Beth Or is essential because as members of this community we know that we have a support system to turn to in any situation, whether it be clergy, staff or congregants. The strength of Beth Or lies in the people and we are happy to be a part of it!” - Alyson & Jimmy Caplan 


FAQs:

What Does Being a Member of Beth Or Mean?

A lot! You and your family will…

  • join a sacred community made up of caring clergy, staff and fellow congregants to help you learn and grow, to celebrate your blessings with you, and to support you through life's challenges.
  • enjoy a community of friends to share life’s experiences.
  • be celebrated for your accomplishments and challenged to improve yourself and your world.
  • experience Jewish holidays and festivals through a variety of worship services and social activities.
  • enrich your knowledge with a wide scope of educational opportunities.
  • be part of a congregation that has been flourishing for well over 60 years.
  • have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting the continuation of Jewish life in Greater Philadelphia, and in the world.

What's The Process For Joining Congregation Beth Or?

It's easy! Simply contact our Director of Member & Youth Engagement, Jillian Glick, or call the main office, 215-646-5806 and ask for Jillian. She will answer your questions, take you on a tour and explain membership. She will introduce you to our clergy and make arrangements for committee chair people to reach out so you are able to get involved in the ways you desire.

Do I Receive High Holy Day Tickets With Membership?

Yes! High Holy Day tickets are provided for you and your children (under age 25) with your regular annual membership dues. Guest tickets are also available for purchase upon request.

What If I'm Part of an Interfaith Family?

Join us! Our goal is to help every family feel comfortable in our congregation, and we warmly welcome interfaith couples and families. A non-Jewish partner or parent can participate in most aspects of Jewish rituals. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Beth Or Outreach Committee for Interfaith Families. Please let us know if you are interested, and we will have a member contact you.

Do I Have To Be A Member In Order For My Child To Attend Religious School?

Yes, membership is required to attend Beth Or’s educational program. For full information on our re-envisioned educational program and fees, please contact School Director, Aaron Nielsenshultz, 215-646-7417 or visit our Religious School page.

Where Can I Find Information About the Center for Early Childhood Education?

Our Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) is open to all children 3 months through Kindergarten. We are Keystone Star 3 accredited. You do not have to be a member of Beth Or to enroll, however, we offer discounted tuition to our members. For more information, contact Lisa Yoskowitz, 215-646-8869 or visit our CECE page.

What if I can’t afford dues?

It is our wish that everyone who wants to be a part of our community can join us regardless of their financial abilities. Financial assistance is available, when needed. Please contact our Executive Director, Amy Abrams, 215-646-5806 to develop a plan that is manageable for you.