Membership

Kehilat Kol Haneshama is a membership based organization, comprised of both individuals and families who have expressed their desire to be part of the community. Membership is renewed each year before Rosh HaShana.

Dear Kol HaNeshama Members and friends,
 

This wasn’t an ordinary year – and this isn’t an ordinary membership renewal letter!

The events of the past year have shaken us all up and forced us all to deal with a strange, stressful, and threatening reality, in varying degrees. The Coronavirus crisis had a profound influence on the Kehila itself and on the personal connection each of us maintains with the Kehila. In some periods, and for some of us, the bond became exceptionally strong, providing a vital framework of companionship, comfort, and meaning. At other times, and for other members, the crisis reduced our involvement in the Kehila and brought frustration due to the need to maintain the connection mainly by phone or through the computer screen.

Under the leadership of Rabbi Oded – who found himself thrown into an unexpected and sometimes impossible reality while he was still finding his feet at KKH – and with the intensive involvement of the Board and staff, we tried to meet the members’ diverse needs. The Kehila offered a wide range of online activities: from services through study sessions to Pilates classes, discussion groups, and even a public action. We also offered practical help with shopping and daily tasks, spiritual counseling, and also financial assistance, within our capabilities.

Over the coming year we will continue to face various challenges: How to maintain community life under the changing restrictions, and how to cope with the financial challenges this period has brought – again, both on the level of individual members and on the community level.

KKH’s annual budget (not including the pre-schools) is around NIS 1.5 million. This means that the annual cost per membership unit is approximately NIS 7,500. The requested membership fees (see below) are much lower than this cost.

Due to the growing difficulties encountered in raising funds from abroad, we made great efforts from the beginning of last year to increase our self-generated income (the “Shalom Aleichem” meals for overseas guests at services, hiring out spaces for activities, etc.). Many of these efforts were hit by the Coronavirus crisis. We are currently working on a long-term economic plan intended to ensure financial stability.

This year we will have a double need for your membership fees. Firstly – membership fees are your way of telling us that you are with us, just as we are with you!

 

We’ve all learned over the past year just how unpredictable life can be, and in this reality – we all need a community that offers support and meaningful activities.

As an organic unit, the Kehila also “needs to know” that it has the members’ support. Secondly – the Kehila needs financial support from every member.

We are well aware that some KKH members have been hit particularly hard by the economic situation over the past year.

Our golden rule is that no-one should refrain from renewing their membership of KKH for financial reasons.

We ask members to make an effort to meet the recommended membership fees. For those members who have been less affected by the economic crisis – please consider increasing your membership fees where possible in order to help us cover some of the income we have lost from other sources.

How Does Membership Renewal Work This Year?

Payment of Membership Fees (The fees are unchanged over last year)

  • Membership is free for those aged 18-25. Please contact the office to register as a member.

  • For students and members aged 26-30, annual membership fees are NIS 360.

  • For single members, recommended annual membership fees are NIS 1,800.

  • For families, recommended annual membership fees are NIS 2,400.

 

For credit card online payment options, please click                        The membership fees can be paid in 12 monthly installments.

NEW MEMBERS: REGISTER HERE

Overseas members: $180 per individual, $360 per family (tax deductible donation). Click here.

If you have any questions about membership, please contact the office:

Tel.: 02-672-4878 Ext. 779     Email: kolhaneshama@kkh.org.il

 

Thank you for your ongoing support. Enjoy the rest of the summer, despite the circumstances!

KKH Board and Staff


 
 
 

KEHILAT KOL HANESHAMA
Jerusalem, 1 Asher Street 9347001

Tel: 02-6724878

Fax: 02-6716537
Email: kolhaneshama@kkh.org.il

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