OY!  Synagogue membership!   Why do they always have to bring up joining as a member????

You may have noticed that we use the word “community” a lot.  Our community entails a diverse, dedicated, and caring group of individuals and families.  We welcome people wherever they are in their Jewish practices and traditions – including those who are new to Judaism and are just curious.  We are a contemporary Jewish Renewal synagogue that is joyous, creative, spiritually rich and inspiring, socially progressive, egalitarian, and earth-aware.  Our community members play an active role in our congregation. Members lead services, learn together, provide support to each other in times of illness through our Bikur Cholim ("visiting the sick") committee, and have a voice in the way we study, pray and celebrate.

While all of this is important – even essential -- to who we are as a community and a congregation, membership dues also keep the lights on, pay the Rabbi, cover our rent, and all the rest.   So, while we welcome all to celebrate and study with us, we would be especially pleased if you were to join us!


We want membership to be available to everyone.  Therefore, our dues are on a sliding scale, based on your ability to pay, and cost little more than High Holy Day tickets – which are included in your membership.  Our "fair share" approach is based on an honor system to reflect our awareness that each of our members has unique circumstances and resources.  To see our suggested guidelines for dues, print out our Membership Dues Form in the next column.

You can also enter your information in the Questions white boxes below and right, and we will send you more information about membership.

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Become a Member

Download and fill out the Membership Dues Form here

  • Scan and Email the form to jaqi@makomshalom.com OR

  • Print, complete and mail the form to the address at the bottom of the attached Membership Dues Form.

Make your payment, partial or full:

  • Mail a check, made payable to "Makom Shalom," with your Membership Dues Form OR

  • Pay online below using the "Add to Cart" button using our Fair Share guidelines

  • Please add $36 for Aleph, described below

NOTE:  *Aleph is the umbrella organization of the Jewish Renewal movement. All members are asked to add $36 annually (see below) to their dues to help support Aleph's renewal programming offered throughout the U.S.

Find your fair share dues here

If you need to pay a different amount than what the grid shows you may do that by using the “donate” button below. For people who pay dues directly to Aleph, we did not include the 36.00 in our grid. If you do not already pay Aleph dues, please add the 36.00 to whatever your Makom dues will be and use the DONATE button below.

Click to select appropriate dues.
Please add $36 for Aleph dues*
Special request or message:

If you wish to pay your membership dues using a dollar amount not offered above OR if you wish to make a donation, please use the "Donate" button below.


If you have questions about Makom Shalom Membership, please fill out the form below and one of our staff members will get back to you. Or call 224-326-3883.

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