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2022-2023 Member Renewal

Congregation Shaarei Shamayim is remarkable. Despite the many changes and challenges over the past year, our community has continued to be resilient and vibrant. We still celebrated and prayed - albeit in ways that would have been unimaginable just three years ago. We welcomed young people as b'nei mitzvah and our havurot (fellowship groups) continued to meet. We continued to hold committee meetings, planned, organized, and made decisions that have allowed our community to thrive. And we continued to grow, welcoming 18 new member households this past year. And vitally, you all were generous, not just with your time but with your resources as well. Because of you, Shaarei Shamayim is financially healthy, not something every faith-based organization can say. As we continue to look for the most valuable ways to enrich members' Jewish experience both virtually and in-person we once again ask you to renew your financial commitment to our community.

Shaarei Shamayim is an inclusive congregation. Together we have created space where we connect to our Judaism and our community, educate our families and ourselves, celebrate lifecycle events, and work together for a better world. We have created a rich and diverse community while turning no one away for economic reasons.

As we continue to grow, the needs of our diverse community grow with us. This year we will be expanding our office staff with the addition of an Events & Membership Coordinator to ensure that we are able to continue meeting member needs. The coordinator will allow us to increase outreach, increase staff capacity at congregational events, and help members reconnect to the CSS community as we adapt to our changing world.

Keeping our community strong means that we all have to do our part through renewing our membership, paying our fair share, donating extra when we can, and volunteering when we are able. In the coming year, the annual grant from the Goodman Foundation will end. While CSS has diligently prepared for this eventuality, your support is essential for our continued financial health.

Next month we will welcome the Jewish year 5783. As you plan for the fall and a hopeful return to normalcy, we ask you to consult the dues guidelines below to assure you are paying your share. Please consider increasing your dues if you can to help keep our community thriving during this transition time and in the coming year.

Lisi Schrimpf, President
Adam Streiffer, Treasurer
On behalf of the Congregation Shaarei Shamayim Coordinating Committee

Annual financial commitments are Shaarei Shamayim's main source of revenue. They fund our staff salaries, adult and youth education, social action projects, ritual services, and holiday celebrations. Your financial commitment is based on your individual gross income. Please see our dues guidelines below. Membership runs from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023.

Dues Guidelines

At Shaarei Shamayim no one is turned away because of an inability to pay the published membership commitment levels. In case of need, please contact the office at 608-257-2944 or email to discuss your situation with us.

Please consider adding a voluntary 5% increase to your membership dues this year to support the Sustain Our Future campaign.
All members have access to an online directory in the member-protected section of our website.
  • The General Social Action email list is sent periodically with social justice activities.
  • The Social Action Organizing Group is a discussion group for people doing social action at CSS.
  • The Acts of Caring list receives infrequent emails to provide meals, rides, and/or visits to members in need.

Please confirm the following information on your account. If corrections are needed, please make them below.
Provide first and last name of deceased, relationship to you, and date of death (mm/dd/yyyy).
The Hebrew date is not always the same each year because the Jewish calendar differs from our secular calendar. Please choose which date you would like to observe for your yahrzeit(s).

Upon hitting the submit button, you will be directed to a payment confirmation page where you can enter your credit card/banking information and payment schedule or indicate that you will submit payment by check. Payments shall be completed in a single sum or recurring charges by August 31, 2023.


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