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Membership Application and Information

At Temple Emanu-El, we welcome all who wish to participate in Jewish life: singles, couples and families in all their forms, interfaith couples, individuals with disabilities, and all people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or financial means.

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The minimum membership contribution
for the fiscal year beginning June 2015 is $1,490.

We currently offer two exceptions to this: a reduced rate for Associate Members (individuals between age 21 and 29) and a Full Family Membership. New this year: A security fee, similar to that charged by other congregations, will be applied to each member household. The fee is $100 for one-adult households and $200 for two-adult households. This fee will ensure that rising security costs are covered adequately.

Dues are billed in June each year and cover most aspects of membership in Temple Emanu-El, including services by the clergy, use of the facilities, access to member-only events and services, and special consideration at events open to the public. Dues also are a credit toward seating during the High Holy Days.

Use our secure, online credit card form to pay membership dues and Religious School tuition, as well as to join our auxiliaries.

Prospective temple members should download and complete an application for temple membership and return it to the Temple Office.

Sanctuary Seating

In order to accommodate our large congregation, seating at services for the High Holy Days is handled by specific seat assignments in two sanctuaries: the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary and the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary on 66th Street. Contributions are dependent on where the seats are located. Should you wish to have seating for the High Holy Days, your dues will be based on the contribution per seat. Should you require only one seat valued at less than the minimum of $1,490, then the minimum contribution will apply.

Refer to the following tables and examples for the contribution per seat:




Per Seat Section
$1,555 A
$1,360 B
$1,215 C
$  980 D


Per Seat Section Per Seat Section
$3,180 E $1,085 J
$2,445 F $  940 K
$1,820 G $  910 L
$1,535 H $  810 M













The number of seats that can be assigned for the basic minimum dues is limited. If you already have paid the basic amount and subsequently want seats, your prior contribution will be considered a credit toward the total cost of all the seats you reserve.

You want 1 seat in Section J—Seats are $1,085 each.
Your dues will be $1,490 (minimum contribution applies).

You want 2 seats in Section J—Seats are $1,085 each.
Your dues will be $2,170. You do not have to pay an additional $1,490.

You want 5 seats in Section J—Seats are $1,085 each, and you already have
paid $1,490. Your dues will be $5,425. You will be billed for the balance, $3,935.

Download a Seating Preference Form to request your seats for the High Holy Days.

Additional Fees

Small additional fees are required for membership in our temple auxiliaries,
the Men’s Club and the Women’s Auxiliary.

Enrollment in Temple Emanu-El’s Religious School is open to children of temple members only. In addition to the fees for temple membership, families will be charged tuition for each child enrolled. The tuition rate for the current fiscal year is $1,225 per child ($50 discount per student if registration forms and payments are received by July 31, 2015), which includes books and supplies.

Contact our Membership Director.

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