Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim Membership Information 2019-2020 Be Inspired. Be Connected. Belong. CREATING COMMUNITY Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim welcomes you! Recognizing that all people are created B’tzelem Elohim (in God’s image), we are a caring community where diversity is respected and where everyone is included and made to feel welcome. Our members come from all walks of life and from many different religious backgrounds and ethnicities. As singles and couples, with and without children, as blended families, interfaith families, LGBTQ+, and as people with special needs - our congregants comprise an eclectic, diverse and welcoming community, united by our common goals, extraordinary vision and unwavering faith. We consciously create community and seek to foster our members’ connection to the Temple, to the State of Israel and to each other through worship, learning, social action and a wide range of cultural and social activities. Our programs and services are designed to meet the varying needs of all of our members and allow them to strengthen and enhance their Jewish identity and practice of Judaism. We encourage you to find your place with us! FAIR SHARE MEMBERSHP COMMITMENT Annual membership commitments are the main source of funding for MLRT’s programs and activities during the membership year spanning July through June. Your fair share contribution entitles you to membership benefits that include: High Holy Day tickets; the ability to enroll your children in Religious School; reduced Early Childhood Education tuition; services and support of MLRT clergy at lifecycle events; participation in educational programs and worship services throughout the year; and the knowledge that you strengthen MLRT’s community and the Jewish community worldwide. Our income-based fair share system reflects values that are important to our congregation. This membership contribution plan is based upon self-assessment, whereby each member is encouraged to give in accordance with his or her financial ability. This is the essence of tzedakah, justice and righteousness, as our tradition teaches. We emphasize to all congregants the need to pay an appropriate “fair share” for membership, tuition and other fees. It is only through cooperation in this area on an annual basis that we can continue our high level of quality programming and services. Your generosity enables us to maintain our policy that no one is denied membership due to financial limitations. Those who are unable to meet the minimum contribution may apply for dues relief by contacting our Interim Executive Director, Esther Herst, at 610-649-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org or our Financial Secretary, Brett Cohen, at email@example.com to discuss the dues relief process in a sensitive and confidential manner.
FACILITY FUND Our congregation enjoys an outstanding facility that was built through the generosity of previous generations of members. We believe new members should share the responsibility for the continued maintenance and improvement of these facilities. Accordingly, we require a Facility Fund Pledge of $2,000 to be paid in $500 installments over a four-year period beginning in the second year of membership. SECURITY FEE Every MLRT family is required to pay an Annual Security Fee of $175. The safety and security of our community is of utmost importance to the leadership of MLRT. We continue to refine our security plans with consultation from the Lower Merion Police Department and our retained private security firm, Cardinal Point Homeland Security Group. Ongoing security improvements include trained security personnel at the front doors, lobby lockdown and access control, interior school lockdown with fob access devices, exterior lighting and additional signage and cameras. These additional security measures and the ongoing training and security planning that accompany them come with significant financial costs. Accordingly, we appreciate your Annual Security Fee of $175 to help defray the ongoing costs of ensuring the safety and security of our MLRT community.
CREDIT CARDS & SECURITIES ACCEPTED MLRT accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover for payments of dues, tuition and contributions. MLRT must pay a fee for all credit card transactions and we require a 2.6% convenience fee to offset the credit card processing fees. Please consider using stock to pay your membership contribution or other obligations to MLRT, or to make an additional gift. You receive a charitable deduction for the entire amount of donated stock and are not taxed on the capital gains. We can assist you with this very simple process. Please contact MLRT’s Controller, Timm Rothwell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-649-7800. Temple Guardians help subsidize membership and school fees for those who cannot afford the full cost of these services by making a donation of $2,500 or more above their membership contribution. We continue to open our doors to all regardless of their financial ability through the generosity of our Temple Guardians. Enter Your Donation on Line #3 Book of Remembrance will be published for distribution on Yom Kippur, October 9. Yizkor Prayers are included in the liturgy on Yom Kippur Day at both Early and Late Services. We are products of those who came before us and it is fitting at the High Holy Day season to acknowledge our debt to them and remember them with fondness. Please complete the High Holy Day Form with the names of the loved ones you wish to remember and forward it to the MLRT office by Friday, September 13, 2019. Enter Your Donation on Line #7 SISTERHOOD is an active and vital part of our congregation, supporting MLRT and its programs in many ways. When you join Sisterhood, you become a member of our warm, diverse family as well as a partner in the national and international work of Women of Reform Judaism. We have something for everyone, whether you're seeking fun programs, beautiful music, or meaningful social action projects. Make this the year to support and explore Sisterhood! Please check the box and include $45 for Sisterhood annual dues with your MLRT membership. Ami Lonner & Liz Stoller, Sisterhood Co-Presidents 2019-2020 Enter Your Donation on Line #8 Brotherhood (Men of Reform Judaism) continues to provide service to our families, children, and community through its brunches, Family Fun Night, Purim Carnival, Narberth 4th of July Party and many worthwhile undertakings. Join the MLRT Brotherhood to make a difference by including $45 for Brotherhood annual dues with your MLRT membership. Ed Bleeden, Brotherhood President 2019-2020 Enter Your Donation on Line #9 Arza/Wupj (Association of Reform Zionists of America/World Union of Progressive Judaism) promotes Reform Judaism in Israel through its many efforts and programs and helps develop new Reform communities throughout the world. Please support ARZA by including $50 annual dues with your MLRT membership. Enter Your Donation on Line #10
COLLECTIONS POLICY Your financial commitment enables MLRT to provide a wide array of membership benefits and to sustain our religious institution for future generations. These policies, approved by our Board of Trustees, ensure a fiscally strong congregation today and for the generations to follow. Members must be current on all obligations to receive High Holy Day tickets. A credit card must be used for installment payment plans. A family must be, and remain, current on all obligations to have a child enrolled in the MLRT Early Childhood Education, Religious School and B’nai Mitzvah programs. As always, if there are circumstances that prevent you from adhering to these policies, please contact the Executive Director or Controller at 610-649-7800. ABOUT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL TUITION Religious School tuition charges are subsidized by other congregational revenues and do not cover the full cost of your child’s religious education. On the Religious School Registration Form, you will see two fees — the subsidized tuition fee as well as the actual or unsubsidized cost. We are most appreciative if you are able to pay the unsubsidized amount. BAR & BAT MITZVAH FEES The $1200 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fee covers the costs associated with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, including tutoring, sponsorship of flowers and oneg, and administrative and other costs. This fee is payable in three annual installments of $400 starting when the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date is assigned in the 4th grade. This fee cannot be reduced or waived.
Membership & High Holy Day Forms Religious School Registration All forms are available on our website at www.mlrt.org. Requests for dues/tuition relief should be directed to Interim Executive Director, Esther Herst, at email@example.com or 610-649-7800, or to Financial Secretary, Brett Cohen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forward all forms and payments to the MLRT Office as soon as possible: Main Line Reform Temple 410 Montgomery Avenue Wynnewood, Pennsylvania 19096 610-649-7800 • 610-642-6338 FAX • forms@MLRT.org www.MLRT.org
MLRT SCHOOL FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Religious School Class Schedule
MLRT School for ECE is dedicated to the social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children. Our program encourages each child to develop to his/her potential in a supportive and stimulating environment. Our school environment is designed to give children learning experiences through constructive play. We believe that this gives children a strong foundation for success in all they do.
Kindergarten – 2nd Sunday Grade 9:00-11:00 am
Sunday 10:30 am-12:30 pm
3rd – 6th Grade
The MLRT School for ECE curriculum is closely aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. We have enhanced these standards with a healthy balance of music, art, gross motor play, science, language arts and Jewish learning. Jewish culture and tradition is integrated throughout our curriculum. Holidays are taught and celebrated on an age-appropriate level. Weekly schoolwide Shabbat celebrations in the Morganroth Sanctuary are the highlight of the week.
Sunday 9:00-11:00 am Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm*
Sunday 10:30 am-12:30 pm Thursday 4:00-5:30 pm*
Parent & Child Classes 3rd Grade Only
Sunday 9:00-11:00 am Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm
7th Grade, 8th-12th Grade
Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm
MLRT School for ECE Programs: Our ECE program is for children from two years old through full-day Kindergarten. We have flexible scheduling and with a range of available days and hours. The program runs September through June, followed by our outstanding Summer Camp program. We also have Baby & Me/Toddler & Me weekly classes for our tiniest students accompanied by a caregiver. For more information about Early Childhood Education programs at MLRT, contact Director of ECE, Missy Horrow, at email@example.com or 610-642-0304.
MLRT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL The MLRT Religious School is an innovative and progressive, handson program designed to create lasting connections and community among students and families, and to develop positive, Jewish identities and build core Jewish competencies for all. The Religious School program begins in kindergarten and runs through high school, and includes many opportunities for parents and children to learn together. Our curriculum teaches students the skills to participate in the Reform worship service and find meaning in prayer, to become familiar with the Jewish holidays and beliefs, traditions and practices, and find their relevance in contemporary times. Our goal is to help children and their families live meaningful Jewish lives at home, at MLRT and in the community. 1. The Sunday morning overlap time (10:30-11:00 am) allows us to combine sessions for services and special programming. Students in grades 3-6 who want to participate in our Junior Jammers youth choir may enroll in either the Early or Late Session. Rehearsals will take place during assembly from 10:3011:00 am. 2. In order to process Religious School registration, membership and tuition fees must be paid in full or the first installment of your payment arrangement must be received before your child can be placed in a class. 3. In an effort to support sound educational principles, class size is limited. Therefore, once classes in a particular session are filled, we will begin filling that grade level in another session.
SESSION ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRSTREGISTERED, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.
*We are happy to discuss flexible scgeduling options if the weekday schedule presents a challenge. Support and Inclusion: MLRT’s Gesher Program (Hebrew for “bridge”) provides support and enrichment to meet the individual needs of our students inside and outside the classroom. Our certified special education teachers work both one-on-one and in small groups in the Gesher Hebrew Learning Lab to prepare students for their B’nai Mitzvah and help every student achieve success. Social Action at the Center: Our students connect the giving of Tzedekah to hands-on social justice work as Greater Philadelphia becomes our “living laboratory” to put into action the Jewish values at the core of our Judaic Studies curriculum. Hebrew Learning: Kindergarten through 2nd grade students are introduced to the Hebrew alphabet and key vocabulary in our Hebrew through Movement program. 3rd-6th graders build confidence in their ability to read and comprehend Hebrew during their mid-week session. All students learn to love Hebrew prayers during weekly assembly and worship services. 3rd Grade Parent and Child Classes: Families may opt-in to our unique Parent & Child classes taught by Rabbi Straus, Lynne Breslau, and Rabbi Newburge. Parents attend class every Sunday with their children to learn together and form lasting friendships with other MLRT families. Available Early Session only.
High Holy Day Information Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim 2019/5780 All are invited to join your MLRT family for worship and friendship for the High Holy Days. Every attendee is required to present a ticket for admission to all services, with the exception of the Family Services which are open to the community. Tickets for all services are available to members of the congregation who are current in their membership and financial obligations to MLRT. Increased security measures will be in place.
HIGH HOLY DAYS SCHEDULE OF SERVICES 2019/5780 All services located at MLRT unless otherwise noted
Early & Late Sanctuary Services are held in the Morganroth Sanctuary. Admission Tickets are granted with membership. Select either Early or Late Services on the High Holy Day Form. College students may gain entrance to any services by showing their college ID.
SELICHOT Saturday, September 21 8:15 pm Community Service & Program at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El
Children’s Activities and Youth Service (age 2 – 3rd grade) are held concurrently with Early Adult Services and require tickets. Children learn with teachers in the classroom and a brief musical service and story led by Rabbi Kevin Kleinman follows.
EREV ROSH HASHANAH Sunday, September 29 7:30-9:00 pm Service
Contemporary Services offer the opportunity to welcome the sacred High Holy Days as a community and to make the old new. Rabbi Geri Newburge and Ross M. Levy and the Levites lead a cutting-edge visual prayer service in the comfort of the Lower Merion High School auditorium. This is a highly participatory and musical service. Tickets are required and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. This service has limited seating so please complete and return your membership forms promptly. Family Services are designed for our youngest children and their families and enable all children to worship in the Morganroth Sanctuary with their families. These services are held on the afternoons of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tickets are not required and the community is welcome.
ROSH HASHANAH Monday, September 30 9:00-11:15 am Early Service 9:00-11:15 am Children’s Activities & Service 12:15-2:30 pm Late Service 10:00-11:30 am Contemporary Service at LMHS 3:15-4:00 pm Family Service* 4:30 pm Tashlich Service Shortridge Park (Shortridge Drive between Remington Road & E. Wynnewood Road in Wynnewood)
High Holy Day Food Drive is a great mitzvah! Empty grocery bags will be distributed on Rosh Hashanah. Please return them with your nonperishable food contributions on Yom Kippur.
2nd DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH Tuesday, October 1 10:00-11:00 am Study Session
Ushers are essential for maintaining the dignity of the High Holy Day Services. We ask for your help to assure the appropriate decorum and invite you to serve. If you are interested in ushering, please contact Marc Cohen at 610-642-9632. We thank you for your willingness to serve. Physicians & EMTs are needed for our emergency list. We have police onsite for emergencies during the High Holy Day Services, but please notify Tobin Moskowitz in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to assist in the event of a medical emergency. Visitors’ Courtesy Holiday Tickets are available should you plan to be in another community for the High Holy Days. If you plan to attend services at another Reform congregation, please contact Tobin Moskowitz in the Office at email@example.com or 610-649-7800, with the temple name and address. We will inform that congregation that you are a member of MLRT and they should provide you with courtesy tickets for the holidays. Memorial Plaques are placed in the Memorial Alcove in the Morganroth Sanctuary and a light is kindled under the plaque the week Yahrzeit is observed. Those memorialized with a plaque are listed in a special section of our Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance. Memorial Plaque Request Forms are available through the MLRT Office. The cost is $500 for Temple members.
EREV YOM KIPPUR KOL NIDRE Tuesday, October 8 6:15-7:45 pm Early Service 6:15-7:45 pm Children’s Activities 8:45-10:15 pm Late Service YOM KIPPUR Wednesday, October 9 9:00-11:15 am Early Service 9:00-11:15 am Children’s Activities & Service 12:15-2:30 pm Late Service 10:00-11:30 am Contemporary Service at LMHS 2:30-4:00 pm Study Session with Rabbi Steinbrink 3:15-4:00 pm Family Service* 4:30-6:30 pm Minchah & Ne’ilah *Tickets not required for Family Service