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MEMBERSHIP

Becoming a Member

Shalom! We are delighted that you are considering joining our synagogue! Temple Beth Sholom is the only egalitarian Conservative synagogue located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. We are a proud affiliate of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, climbing towards 400 families.

We have created a warm, caring, vibrant, and innovative community where individual and family lives are enriched through spiritual, educational, and intergenerational bonding. Our goal is to become your extended family and support you in all your life-cycle events and simchas. Temple Beth Sholom is our Jewish home that offers a place to worship, study, and lead Jewish lives together.

We provide a wide range of religious, educational, social, and community activities for all ages. Many of our members are snowbirds or new residents to our community. At our services, our “Rabbi with the microphone” walks through the congregation to welcome new faces and to foster new connections. When you become a member, you will be paired up with an existing member who will assist you in exploring all the Temple Beth Sholom has to offer.

In addition to full memberships, we have seasonal memberships (for those spending 1-6 months in Sarasota). We also offer young adult memberships.

Please call our office and speak to Kelly at 941-955-8121 if you have questions, to receive a membership application, or to schedule an appointment to meet Rabbi Werbow as you consider becoming part of our TBS family. 

 

See benefits below

  • Daily morning services in the Band-Desenberg Chapel, offering a Minyan for anyone who needs to say Kaddish 
  • Weekly Shabbat services on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Tot and youth Shabbat on Saturdays
  • Shabbat dinners on select Fridays
  • An environment where you can form close friendships and become part of a caring, giving, and supportive Jewish community
  • A membership "buddy" when you join to help you find everything you are looking for
  • An extensive range of volunteer opportunities 
  • A vote at our annual meeting
  • Personal counseling by our Rabbi as well as hospital visits and assistance in celebrating life-cycle events
  • A monthly newsletter, The Messenger, and weekly e-mail updates to keep you informed
  • Supported religious education for children
  • Youth Group programming for students in grades 3 – 12
  • Active Sisterhood and Men's Club programs
  • Personal calls on your birthday
  • A vast array of programs to join
  • Lunch & Learn
  • Adult B'nai Mitzvah classes
  • Cup of Joe and the Five Books of Mo
  • Shabbat Shmooze
  • Yiddish Reading Circle
  • Beginning-Advanced Hebrew classes
  • Mah Jongg
  • Yoga
  • Scholar in Residence program
  • Several seasonal events such as outings to the Sarasota Opera, concerts, and the annual Sisterhood Fashion and Arts Show
  • The opportunity to be part of our lay leadership. New members and new faces are encouraged to bring their ideas and energy. If you want to do something new, we have a place for you here.
  • Submit to our monthly newsletter, The Messenger.
  • A wide array of volunteer opportunities both at the synagogue, in the wider Jewish community, and in terms of social action
  • The opportunity to be a minyan leader, Torah reader, shofar blower, greeter, usher, etc.
  • Active Sisterhood and Men's Club programs
  • Opportunity to join the Board of Directors
  • 10+ committees that members can be involved in
  • We have an open door policy.
  • Seek counseling and guidance from Rabbi Werbow about anything in your life.
  • Explore your Jewish spirituality with the rest of the congregation as well as 1 on 1 with Rabbi Werbow.
  • We have a beautiful and peaceful cemetery for traditional Jewish burials
  • Check out materials from our Idelson Library
  • Spend time reflecting in our Holocaust Remembrance Garden.
  • Rent one of our many rooms

We look forward to welcoming you into our kehillah!

We ecourage people from all Jewish backgrounds regardless of denomination, gender, race, age, sexuality, or background. We pride ourselves in balancing the traditional and the contemporary. As the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism states, "We envision and pursue an authentic and dynamic Judaism that inspires today’s and tomorrow’s generation of Jews to seek meaning, find connection, and experience wholeness (shleymut) in a world that is complex and ever evolving."