Become a Member
We would be delighted for you to become a part of our community. This congregation is filled with beautiful contradictions – an elegant, historic sanctuary and an intimate, embracing chapel; an active group of knowledgeable sages and a vibrant young adult community; a love of enduring Jewish traditions and a drive for spiritual innovation and forward motion; a commitment to the inner life of our congregational family and a constant energetic force that engages in the work of building a more complete and just world. It is a very full experience of Jewish life. We hope that you will find membership an enriching experience and we encourage you to explore the diverse opportunities that Touro Synagogue offers.
Since 2014, Touro Synagogue has operated under a voluntary annual support system, turning away from a fee-for-service approach to congregational life, and asking our members to give from their hearts, at a level that they feel is both comfortable and meaningful. Cited in the New York Times, our progressive approach to synagogue membership is more closely aligned WITH our values. We hope our new membership system continues to open the doors of the Touro synagogue community.
We value the uniqueness of each congregant and we are committed to providing a community that is inclusive and accessible. If you or someone in your family requires special accommodations in order to access the fullness of synagogue life, please contact the office at (504) 895-4843.
VOLUNTARY ANNUAL SUPPORT
Touro Synagogue operates on a Voluntary Annual Support System based on the projected budget for the fiscal year, which represents the actual annual operating cost per household. If each household were to support Touro at the same sustaining level, that amount would currently be $2,600. The $2,600 level is a guidance to help you determine an appropriate amount to give; it is our hope that those who can give more, will, in order to supplement those who cannot. And that those who cannot afford that level will give what they can – no questions asked. While the actual annual operating cost per household is $2,600, every contribution, no matter the size, is deeply meaningful and helps make it possible for Touro to be here for you. Everyone who requests membership at Touro Synagogue is welcome regardless of their financial ability.
Amudim / Pillars: $15,000 +
Bonim / Builders: $10,000 – $14,999
Shomrim / Protectors: $5,000 – $9,999
Chaverim / Friends: $3,000 – $4,999
ANNUAL SUPPORT (Suggested Guidelines)
Sustainer: $2,600 – $2,999
Chai Supporter: $1,800 – $2,599
Ozrim / Helpers: $720 – $1,799