We are fortunate to have a thriving, progressive Jewish community at Congregation Tikkun v’Or. We find it deeply meaningful that so many from our community come together to create and celebrate our High Holidays. We look forward to the year ahead, filled with the blessings of more such communal celebrations, learning, tikkun olam (social action), and spiritual sustenance. Rabbi Brian Walt continues to inspire us, and is welcoming to all members of our diverse community. His adult education classes offer thoughtful perspectives on Jewish teaching and values. Rabbi Brian’s and Cantor Abbe’s involvement with bnei mitzvah deepens those families’ relationship with our tradition and with each other. Our congregation thrives also because of the myriad ways we are each moved to give—of our time, funds and skills. All of these things combine to create our vibrant Tikkun v’Or community. We look forward to your continued membership.
Congregation Tikkun V’Or raises the funds we need through dues, gifts and fees. Our financial structure is inspired by traditional Jewish values of fairness, dignity, inclusivity and generosity. Finances should never be a barrier to Tikkun v’Or membership. However, to ensure the long-term viability of the temple, we ask that you think seriously about your level of support and follow the suggested guidelines to the best of your ability. Dues, gifts and fees are all fully tax deductible.
Dues are assessed in two parts, the hetzi-shekel (half-shekel) portion and a portion determined by an income-based sliding scale. The hetzi-shekel portion ($90 per household) is intended to symbolize the equality of all members in the community, regardless of income. The concept derives from the story told in the book of Exodus that Moses and Aaron collected a half-shekel from each of the Israelites as their first contribution toward building the sanctuary. The income-based (“fair share”) dues are 1.6% of household income from all sources. The sliding scale dues structure reflects our community’s commitment to justice and fairness. Our projected budget depends on most members self-assessing and paying at the 1.6% level. However, if life circumstances affect your ability to pay dues at the target level or at the times indicated, please self-assess at a lower level or adjust the payment schedule as needed. Finances should never be a barrier to Tikkun v’Or membership.
The hetzi-shekel and income-based dues comprise about 66% of our budget. Thus, Tikkun v’Or also relies on nediv lev, which translates as “generosity” or “giving from the heart”. This phrase comes from the book of Exodus where it is told that the Israelites offered materials for building the sanctuary with a “willing heart,” each contributing according to their ability. Nediv lev contributions to Tikkun v’Or account for approximately 15% of yearly revenue and are requested during our annual spring fundraising campaign.
Fees for our religious school and b’nei mitzvah program help cover the costs of these programs. If school fees pose a financial hardship, please be in touch with us, Shawn Murphy and Miranda Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org), to make an adjustment. Note that first-year families with students in grades K-5 are given the option of paying a slightly higher school fee that includes temple membership (i.e., if this option is chosen, other temple membership dues are waived for that first year).
Benefits of Membership in Congregation Tikkun v’Or
A vital, progressive Jewish presence in our community
A Rabbi who inspires, educates and supports our congregation
A beautiful building that houses our community
Many meaningful life cycle events
Inspiring Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and other holiday services
Growing religious school and b’nei mitzvah programs
Adult education opportunities
Prayer services on most Fridays and many Saturdays
Theater outings and other social gatherings
Social justice projects
Programs to stimulate our minds, conscience, and spirit
Community Shabbat dinners
A community Passover seder, meaningful and delicious
Jewish community events shared with other Ithaca congregations
Income-Based (“Fair Share”) Dues Worksheet
Suggested rates have not increased for the last five years. These reflect 1.6% of the middle of the ranges provided