In order to strengthen and support the Jewish community and the continuity of Judaism, all Jews should be encouraged to become part of the synagogue community. While there are specific, tangible, benefits of membership, we place equal or even greater importance on the non-tangible benefits. Those benefits are the friendships that we make and the community that we feel by being members of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am. A price cannot be assigned to those benefits, and we believe them to be the most important of all. Please contact the Administrative Office or Membership Vice President if you have questions or need clarification about the various services listed below:
Baby namings. It is our honor and pleasure to join with our congregational family to welcome the birth of a baby. Our clergy will perform baby namings of the children and grandchildren of members of our congregation at no charge.
Weddings. The clergy performs weddings free of charge for members or the children of members only. While our clergy perform weddings for non-members, including relatives of congregants, those will be done at the prevailing fee for professional services and room rentals. In addition, when our clergy officiate at a wedding outside the building, even for a member, it is appropriate that they be reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses, such as parking and travel costs.
Funerals. Our clergy will officiate at the funerals of members, their parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren without charge. The clergy may, at their discretion, conduct a funeral service for a non-member provided that the service and preparation do not conflict with previously scheduled Temple business, and that they are appropriately compensated for their services.
Shiva. The synagogue will make its best efforts to provide Minyan leaders for services for congregants, their parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren, regardless of who conducted the funeral.
High Holy Day Tickets. Admission to High Holy Day services is by ticket only. Tickets are not transferable. All members in good standing will receive tickets. A member in good standing is one who is current in all financial obligation to the congregation, or who has made other arrangements to bring accounts to a current status in a mutually agreed upon manner. Tickets will also be made available to the dependent children of members in good standing. Members in good standing may also purchase guest tickets for relatives who are not members of a congregation and who live 100 miles or more from Abington. The cost of such tickets is $250. per person. Members in good standing of other congregations at a distance of 100 or more miles from Beth Am may request from their “home” congregation a courtesy seating request form. These people will receive tickets at no charge. Additionally, we will provide tickets to military personnel and college students at no charge. We never turn anyone away who is financially unable to join. Our confidential synagogue commitment process works to provide an opportunity to request financial assistance.
Religious School. In order to enroll children in Religious School, the parent(s) must be members in good standing of the Temple.
Memorial Plaques. Memorial plaques may only be purchased by members of the congregation, or by a non-member in memory of a deceased member.
Notification of a member’s passing. The Administrative Office will send e-mail notification of the death of a parent, spouse, child or sibling to those congregants on our list-serve. During the period of shloshim (30 days), the name of a recently departed family member will be listed in the weekly Shabbat handout.
Fee structures. We welcome you to celebrate your simchas here at Beth Am. Members in good standing receive a favorable rate when renting space for celebrations here. Non- members pay a premium and pay for clergy services when provided.
Hospital visits by clergy and inclusion on our sick list. Because of Federal confidentiality regulations (HIPA), hospitals no longer advise the Temple if a congregant is hospitalized. Our clergy visits congregants and close members of their family in local hospitals. Please contact the administrative office to let us know about a hospitalization and/or if the name of a congregant, family member or close friend of a congregant should be placed on the list to be remembered each Shabbat, when the Congregation prays for a full and complete healing for those who are ill.