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Contributing Membership Guidance

It has always been Kol Hadash's culture to welcome everyone regardless of ability to contribute financially. If you intend to become a Contributing Member of Kol Hadash and self-select your financial contribution, please consider the following per-household costs and suggested guidelines.

The total annual cost of running the congregation is about $2,600 per household, which covers all of our staff, teachers, activities and services. The approximate breakout is depicted in the chart below.  Family Supporting Members pay what used to be our standard, fixed dues of $2,450 which covers most of our costs.

The success of our flexible Contributing Membership depends on members supporting Kol Hadash financially to the fullest extent possible. Regardless of the pledge level, however, Contributing Members are full members of the congregation.

  • If you do not feel comfortable with a Family Supporting Membership, we suggest a minimum pledge of $1675 to cover the core, non-school activities of the congregation ($1200)—Rabbi Chalom as a full-time rabbi, facility rental, music for services, etc.—and the associated administrative costs ($475).

  • If you intend to enroll a child in Sunday school, we suggest a minimum membership pledge of $1900. This amount plus your Sunday school fees of ~$500 covers the ~$2000 per student that Kol Hadash invests in the Sunday school. (The $675 shown in the chart above is the total congregational investment in the school divided by all member households; $2,600 is the cost of the school divided by the number of students. As in most Sunday schools, the congregation subsidizes the cost as an investment in the future of Humanistic Judaism.)

  • If you are primarily interested in High Holiday services, we suggest a minimum pledge of $750 per couple/family or $375 per individual, which is approximately the cost of High Holiday tickets over the past few years, plus our affiliation and membership engagement expenses.

  • If this is your first year at Kol Hadash and you are unable to afford a higher amount, we suggest a minimum pledge of $365—$1 per day.

  • At minimum, we ask for a commitment of at least $225 to cover dues we pay to the Society for Humanistic Judaism for each member household, plus our printing, postage and social media costs.

Whatever amount you choose,

everyone is welcome in our community.


If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy in the office at or call (847) 383-5184

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782