Temple Am Shalom (“People of Peace”) is committed to sustaining and building a Jewish presence in Lake and surrounding counties in Northeast Ohio.

We are committed to the principle and practice of inclusion at Am Shalom, knowing that each individual who seeks peace, justice, and tikkun olam—the healing of the world—enriches our congregation and the Jewish beliefs by which we abide, leading to deeper interfaith dialogue and loving advocacy for those who lack the peace and justice we all desire.

We are committed to promoting and nurturing meaningful and enduring relationships with God, with Torah, with one another, with the communities we live and work in, and with the people and the land of Israel.

What You’ll Find at Temple Am Shalom

Spiritual leaders who are knowledgeable and dedicated. Our co-spiritual leaders, Renee Blau and Elise Aitken, are trained, skilled, and compassionate leaders in Jewish education and worship. Both have extensive backgrounds in educational fields and teaching, and offer instruction and guidance in Hebrew and religious studies. They are committed to the Temple and to the congregation, and are available to discuss the philosophy and benefits of Judaism with the general community.

An inviting, informal place to worship and socialize. We follow Reform Judaism’s tenets and practices, and seek to make them deeply relevant to our everyday lives and in our communities. As both of our lay spiritual leaders are cantorial soloists, music is a strong component of Temple services, blending the traditional with the contemporary. Our congregation consists of interfaith families of all ages, individual members, and converted Jews. Spiritual seekers of all backgrounds are invited to visit and worship with us.

Benefits of Membership at Am Shalom

  •  The privilege of pastoral care, including the counsel and support of our spiritual leaders for lifecycle events (b’nai mitzvah, confirmation, weddings, funerals, etc.) and conversion, and in moments of difficulty and bereavement
  • Complimentary tickets for High Holy Day worship services
  • Eligibility for enrollment of your children in our preschool, Sunday (religious), and Hebrew schools and in our Youth Group.
  • Subscription to our monthly newsletter, The Kibbitzer
  • Free advertising in our online Business Directory (coming soon!)
  • An array of worship, educational, and social opportunities for members of all ages.
  • Eligibility for burial privileges in our Am Shalom section in the beautiful Western Reserve Memorial Gardens. [link to the relevant About Us section]
  • Eligibility for memorial plaques placed inside the Temple. [link to the relevant About Us section]

We work together to build an enduring congregational community and to make membership at Temple Am Shalom an enriching and meaningful part of our congregants’ lives. If you have questions about how we can help you become a member, or if you would like a membership application, please be in touch with us. Email us at tasmentor@gmail.com or leave a message at the Temple at 440.255.1544.

Fair Share Membership Dues 2014–2015

Every congregation depends on the financial support of its members to keep the Temple doors open. This means money to pay for the building, cover the payroll, electricity and other utilities, insurance premiums, office supplies, maintenance, and programming needs. We have a collective responsibility to pay those bills and to assure our ongoing ability to provide a Jewish home and presence in our community. Membership dues are not simply fees paid for benefits in return, but are also an investment in ourselves, our children, and our future.

Rather than a fixed-dues model based on membership category, Temple Am Shalom chooses to follow what is known as a “Fair Share” dues system. This means that membership dues are more objectively based on family net annual income, as shown below. As a general guideline, we suggest that congregants (families or individuals) give 2% of their annual net household income as yearly Fair Share dues. But please know that you will never be asked to reveal your income, and the amount of your yearly pledge to the Temple is your choice.

Our actual cost to provide activities, services, and support life cycle events for our congregants is far greater than what our congregant families actually pay per year. But we are aware that every member’s capacity to give differs and depends on many circumstances. A Fair Share system is flexible and allows members to pay according to their ability. The system also allows the Temple to accept members who would be unable to afford membership under a fixed-dues system, where everyone pays the same price regardless of financial situation.

Fair share dues are critical to Temple Am Shalom’s financial health, and account for over 80% of the Temple’s annual budget. While some congregations are blessed with substantial endowments or other funding sources, we are almost entirely dependent at this time upon our Fair Share dues to support the operating and capital expenses associated with the programming and worship activities provided by the Temple. Temple Am Shalom exists today because previous generations recognized and fulfilled their commitment to sustaining our Jewish home and presence in the community. When you join Temple Am Shalom, your financial commitment to support the Temple through your membership dues helps assure that Temple Am Shalom will be here to welcome and to serve future generations.

Dues can be paid in full, in three payments (due September, January, and May), or as monthly payments. You may pay your dues by check or you may pay by credit card online through PayPal (please keep in mind that PayPal assesses a 2.2% + 30ç fee for each transaction). [need to link to the Pay Now button] Temple Am Shalom is committed to making membership possible for all those wishing to affiliate. We do not turn away a member because of his or her inability to pay standard dues. The Temple Board reserves the right to adjust the Fair Share dues schedule for families who demonstrate hardship (e.g., illness or job loss).

annual net household income fair share dues commitment
Up to $30,000 or Individual $400.00
$30,000 – $40,000 $600.00
$40,000 – $60,000 $800.00
$60,000 – $75,000 $1,000.00
$75,000 – $90,000 $1,200.00
$90,000 – $120,000 $1,300.00
$120,000 + $1,400.00
Youth Group Membership (through High School) $100.00

Dues can be paid in full, in three payments (due September, January, and May), or as monthly payments. You may pay your dues by check or you may pay by credit card online through PayPal (please keep in mind that PayPal assesses a 2.2% + 30 fee for each transaction).

Temple Am Shalom is committed to making membership possible for all those wishing to affiliate. We do not turn away a member because of his or her inability to pay standard dues. The Temple Board reserves the right to adjust the Fair Share dues schedule for families who demonstrate hardship (e.g., illness or job loss).