Membership

Beth David is an intimate, caring and vibrant community for Reform Jewish worship, learning and personal growth. We encourage inquiries from all prospective members.

Many of our members are interfaith couples who are committed to establishing a Jewish home, and the non-Jewish spouse is welcome at all synagogue events as a part of our community. We also warmly welcome LGBTQ, Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning members interested in joining us.

Beth David and its Religious School offer a wide range of spiritual and educational programs. We provide a rich learning environment to share our values — Torah, social action, (tikkun olam — repairing the world), (tzedakah - charity), the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Our Religious School features small, intimate classes where each child receives personal attention and families enjoy a single Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience. We do not have a waiting list and currently have openings in many classes, so we encourage interested families to call for further information.

Click here for information regarding special discounts for new, unaffiliated members.

To learn more, please email or call the Beth David office (610-896-7485), or email our Membership Chairs Rodd Bender or Deb Kauffman.   

Whether you are new to the area, seeking an alternative synagogue, or approaching temple membership for the first time, we would be honored to have you join us. We invite you to read on and to explore our website for more about Beth David, and to visit our Facebook page to see our latest happenings. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding membership, upcoming activities, or any other areas. Simply contact the Beth David office, 610-896-7485 or office@bdavid.org, and someone from our Membership Committee will be in touch.

When You Join, a Rich Synagogue Life Awaits

Belonging to a small synagogue means feeling like you are a part of the community. To get the most from your Beth David experience, we request that all new members get to know our community in the following three ways:

1.  Make an appointment with our rabbi:Rabbi Beth Kalisch is someone you can sit down and talk with!She wants to get to know all of her congregants personally, and answer any questions or concerns you might have.  Call 610-896-7485 x100 to make an appointment.

2.   Celebrate Community Shabbat with us: Learn…Pray…Nosh…Several Community Shabbatot convene throughout the year on Saturday mornings where our students attend school on Saturday rather than Sunday.  In lieu of Torah Study, Rabbi Kalisch or another learned scholar conducts a learning experience for our adults, and then we all assemble to pray and eat together as one community.  The schedule is: 9:30am Religious School for students and Life Long Learning for adults; 11:00am Community Shabbat Service, 12:15pm Shabbat Luncheon.   Check back for the 2016-2017 dates. 

3.   Attend New Member Learning Orientation Sessions: Dive into Jewish life!  Choose a topic that interests you the most from a list to be provided (or attend them all!) to study with our rabbi or cantor and learn more about related activities at Beth David.  Offerings will include sessions in November with Cantor Levy and in January with Rabbi Kalisch.  Check back for the 2016-2017 dates. 

4.   Meet Other New Members at Shabbat Dinner: Plan to join us for dinner and services in your honor on Friday evening December 9th.  A Tot Shabbat program for young children and their families will take place at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm and Shabbat services at 7:30 pm.  

We also encourage you to take full advantage of your new Beth David membership by Getting Involved. Join Beth David Men (BDM), Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), or Beth David Youth BethDY. Help us “repair the world” with our many Social Action endeavors.  Exercise your mind with adult learning opportunities. Participate in the varied family activities offered by our Religious School. Come together to worship, celebrate, schmooze, and have a good time.

We look forward to having you as part of our Jewish community.

For questions, comments, or further discussion, please contact our Membership Co-Chairs Deb Kauffman (dkauffman@bdavid.org or Rodd Bender,rbender@bdavid.org).

To make an appointment with Rabbi Kalisch please call the office at 610-896-7485, x100