We live in a world where commitment is no longer recognised as a positive thing. People want to be able to just walk away if things get difficult, if they feel hurt or offended, or if they feel like doing something new. We see this happening in all walks of life and in personal relationships.
At B'Nai Maccabim, we believe commitment is it is essential in the service of G-d. This is why we encourage membership, which involves you making a firm commitment to the synagogue, and the synagogue - that means leaders and members - making a firm commitment to you.
We take the responsibility of membership very seriously; our members become part of our mishpoucha (family) by taking that step of commitment. That doesn't mean that life will always run smoothly - all families have their squabbles and issues, and nobody's perfect - but it does mean that we can deal with any issues in an attitude of love and acceptance - and in a way that pleases G-d and blesses our community.
When you become a member, we commit to:
In return, we expect our members to:
Now, ask yourself these questions:
If you answered 'YES' to all four, ask to speak with the Rabbi about membership.
If you answered 'NOT SURE', ask the Rabbi answer any questions you may have.
If you answered 'NO', then we are delighted to have you to continue to worship with us as a visitor!