Our primary interest is to build a very special kind of transformative spiritual Jewish community filled with people who are interested in promoting a world based on love, kindness, generosity, social and economic justice, and environmental sanity. If you share those values, JOIN US, either as a member, or at least as a participant in our High Holiday celebrations. You do NOT have to be Jewish to participate with us or to join as a member.
Anyone who really wants to pray with us will be able to come at a price they can afford. We have a sliding fee scale according to your household income listed below. Our fees are far lower than most Bay Area synagogues. And if you really really really can't afford to pay at any level, you can come for free if you register by September 1st.
Let us explain our situation. Right now, we are a synagogue-without-walls, so we have to rent facilities, pay for musicians, and many other expenses. Our rabbi works for free but since he has no other source of income, we'd like to be able to pay him some salary in 2018. We hate to have to charge anything.
The best way you can help us is to join as a member, paying 1% of your annual household income. But if you really believe in our mission and want to support it, but can't afford that 1%, then pay what you can afford (in the past we've said "not less than $300 for an individual and $400 for a couple," but if that is too much, the join for what you think you can afford). You can also arrange to pay membership dues monthly or quarterly-contact Leila@tikkun.org to set that up and make sure you specify that this is for Beyt Tikkun memberhship (she also handles membership in the Network of Spiritual Progressives) Membership involves free entrance to High Holidays, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu B'shvat (environmental holiday) and our Passover Seder celebrations). You also receive a free online subscription to Tikkun magazine and a copy of Rabbi Lerner's Embracing Israel and Palestine or Cynthia Moe Lobeda's book Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. Rabbi Lerner serves our members in many ways: from birth ceremonies to bar or bat mizvahs, weddings, conversions to Judaism, visits to the sick, and funerals/burials.
If you don't want to join, but do want to make a donation to our synagogue over and above what you'd pay for High Holidays, please send a check made out to Beyt Tikkun to 951 Cragmont ave, Berkeley, Ca. 94708 or donate online here.
Our bottom line is this: if you want to pray with us, we want to pray with you and we don't want money to be an obstacle.