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Affiliate with Beth Shalom

In recent years, we have moved away from a “membership” model to an “affiliation” model. We request that each affiliate contribute a recommended donation annually based on their affiliation category, so that we can continue to offer high quality programming and services to the community. To become an affiliate, please download this affiliation form and send it along with your donation to the address indicated on the form. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Roots, our temple administrator. Thank you for joining!

Affiliation Categories

  • Single: This category is open to any Jewish Person who resides alone (no partner or minor children).
  • Family: This category is open to any family unit that includes a Jewish Person. A “family” is defined to mean one or more adults, and includes their dependent children.
  • Student: This category is open to any Jewish Person who is a full-time student.
  • Under 30s: This category is open to any Jewish Person under the age of 30 years, or to any family unit that includes a Jewish Person where both adults are under the age of 30 years
  • Associate: This membership category is open to a person who is a dues-paying member of another synagogue and who resides in Bozeman for three months or less in each year.
  • Affiliate: This category is open to any non-Jewish person who has been accepted into the conversion process, or who is seriously exploring the possibility of joining the Jewish people, in the discretion of the rabbi.
  • Friend: This category is open to those not affiliated with Beth Shalom who provide assistance to the temple. As a “friend”, that individual will receive information about the Congregation’s activities and invitations to participate in various activities.

Note: "Jewish Person" is defined below.

Who is a "Jewish Person"?

Congregation Beth Shalom follows the Reform and Reconstructionist position on who is Jewish. In antiquity, a child of an interfaith couple followed the religion of the tribe with which the family resided, usually that of the father. This was changed in Roman times so that the child followed the religious identity of the mother in conformance with Roman law. This was again updated in the mid 20th century in the Reform and Reconstructionist Jewish worlds, reasoning that we are no longer living in Roman times, and, in an egalitarian world, it no longer made sense to exclusively follow the religious identity of the mother when many families with Jewish fathers wished to raise their children as Jews. Thus, we recognize as Jewish any person born to either a Jewish father or mother, AND who has a Jewish identity. This view is more inclusive than the older view because one Jewish parent is all that is required, but more restrictive in that it requires that a child be raised with a Jewish identity to qualify as Jewish, thus returning the criteria to Torah times. Of course, we also recognize Jews by Choice, who have joined our people through the conversion process.

Non-Jews who are part of a family that includes a Jew are absolutely and completely welcome and treated as full members of our congregation and community. Through most of Jewish history, there have been non-Jews who have resided among the Jewish people and have been fully accepted as members of the community, called a ger toshav. We continue to recognize that status and even offer a ceremony to those wishing to formally adopt the status of ger toshav, while maintaining their non-Jewish identity. If you have questions about any of this, please contact us.

 

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