Temple Kol Ami Welcomes New Members!
We are delighted that you are considering making our home your home. We are confident that your life and the life of our congregation will be enriched when you join our community.
Temple Kol Ami is a place for Jewish self-expression, prayer, learning, and celebration. We are also a family, a shared community of concern. When you have a simcha, we share your joy. When you need strength and comfort, we are there with you.
At Temple Kol Ami, you will find Jewish singles and couples; single-parent and two-parent families; interfaith couples and families; Jews-by-choice; and LGBT singles and partners.
Temple Kol Ami recently became one of the first synagogues in the nation to scrap its dues system and replace it with a pledge system. What does this mean? Instead of paying an assigned fixed dues amount, you pledge the amount you wish to contribute as your annual financial commitment. The funds from our congregants’ pledges form the basis of our annual operating budget. Other standard fees–Religious School tuition, Bar and Bat Mitzvah fees and the Building Fund continue to remain separate obligations.
So how much do you pledge? Temple leadership provides a recommended target range for the entire congregation; most congregants choose to pledge in this range. Some choose to contribute more, and some pledge less. The bottom line is, your pledge—a gift from your heart, an investment in your Jewish future– is up to you.
Pledges are strictly confidential. Those needing to pledge less than the sustaining range no longer have to make the difficult request for a dues reduction. Submit the annual pledge form with an amount you are comfortable with, no questions asked.
We have received tremendous, positive reaction to this new system. Congregants who were formerly on reduced dues tell us how much more meaningful it is to pledge what they are able to pay, as opposed to not paying what they were supposed to pay. Others, who are able to pledge above the recommended range, perform the Mitzvah of helping provide the ability for anyone to be part of our TKA family.
Switching from a traditional Dues System that had been in place for generations in the Reform Jewish community was a bold move, but was not a decision made quickly or without a great deal of research and feedback gathering with our congregation. Temple Kol Ami is being watched very closely by Jewish leadership nationwide. If the early success we are seeing continues, TKA’s Pledge System will become a model for many, many Reform synagogues across America.
For more information about Temple Kol Ami, including our unique pledge system, please contact us online or call the Temple office directly at 248-661-0040. Cheryl Chaben Friedman, our Executive Director, would be delighted to speak with you. You may also download our membership brochure.