Membership Options

Temple Emanu-El welcomes 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.


The minimum membership dues for the fiscal year beginning June 2018 is:

  • $1,650 for one-member households
  • $2,000 for two-member households.

Dues are billed in June each year and cover most aspects of membership in Temple Emanu-El. Dues also are a credit toward reserved seating during the High Holy Days. (Tickets to Open Seating services for the High Holy Days are included in temple membership.)


We currently offer two additional membership plans:

Associate Membership

Temple Emanu-El offers Associate Memberships for individuals and couples between the ages of 22 and 34.

Children of temple members may remain on their parents’ membership until age 25, at which point they are invited to become Associate members.

We offer a dues-free first year for Associate Members under the age of 30. Associate Membership at Temple Emanu-El offers full membership benefits, plus unreserved seating at High Holy Days services (one or two seats depending on membership type).

After the first year, the dues structure is as follows for the fiscal year beginning 

June 1, 2018:




22 – 25



26 – 29


















35+ (Full Dues)



Associate members also are asked to pay a security fee of $25 per person.

Assigned seating at regular membership rates is available by contacting the Membership Office at (212) 507-9514.

Lowenstein Family Membership

With the Lowenstein Family Membership, seats in the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary (10 East 66th Street) will be assigned to each parent and each child between the ages of 5 and 25. This provides parents and children the opportunity to sit together and share the worship experience at our regular High Holy Day services, in addition to the afternoon Family Worship services geared toward young children.

In 2018-2019, this membership will be available at a special dues level of $1,925 for single-parent families and $3,375 for two-parent families, regardless of the number of children.

If you would like to discuss family membership or if you have questions about attending High Holy Day services, then please contact our Membership Office, or call (212) 507-9514.


Seating is available in both the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary and the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary. Your membership dues are a credit toward reserved seating during the High Holy Days. Temple members wishing to add seating to their membership, as well as persons interested in becoming temple members, should contact the Membership office at (212) 507-9514.

2018–2019 Reserved Seating Rates

Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary

Per Seat Section
$1,500 A
$1,200 B

See the Lowenstein Sanctuary Seating Map (.pdf)

Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

Per Seat Section
$3,475 E
$2,700 F
$2,025 G
$1,725 H
$1,245 J
$1,100 K
$1,100 L
$1,100 M

See the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary Seating Map (.pdf)


To help maintain the highest standard of professional support and a state-of-the-art infrastructure, for your safety we charge a security fee of $125 per adult. Associate Members contribute $25 per adult.


Should you have questions regarding membership or application, please contact the Membership Office at 212-507-9514 or .