Membership

A Place for You
You have a home at Knesset Israel. Our diverse, unpretentious community unites around accepting a range of Jewish belief, even as we keep up a vibrant practice of Conservative Judaism. People of all stripes – age, gender, single or partnered, Jewish or non-, interfaith families - are welcome. The best way to get involved here is to start attending social events, baking hamantashen in our kitchen, coming to services or dropping in on our classes for all ages. Whatever your age, whatever your Jewish interest, however long you have called the Berkshires home, you will find the warm embrace of community. As you become more involved, you may join KI in a way that makes sense for you.

Our traditional and kesher memberships appeal to people who live in the Berkshires permanently or year-round; our chaver membership, with its different set of privileges, welcomes seasonal residents of the area.

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Knesset Israel Membership Policy and Information
Knesset Israel welcomes new applications, and offers three categories of membership. All applicants are invited to choose the category that best suits their lifestyle and requirements. We are in the process of upgrading this part of our website with new forms and links. For more detail, please contact the KI office.

• Traditional (Year-Round) Membership: Available to Jewish adults
• Kesher Membership: Available to non-Jewish adults who have a family relationship with a Jewish member of Knesset Israel
Many KI households include one traditional and one kesher member.

• Chaver (Seasonal) Membership: Available to seasonal residents of the Berkshires
It is possible to be both a Chaver and a Kesher member.

After their first year of membership at KI, Traditional and Kesher Members participate in the graduated dues system, through which each member of Knesset Israel contributes in a meaningful way to the ongoing building community. For the first year, however, dues for Traditional and Kesher member households are set: Under 35: $400 one adult, $600 two adults; Over 35: $600 one adult, $800 two adults. The congregation is deeply committed to the principle that no one is denied participation because of financial hardship.

Chaver Membership dues are $500 one adult, $720 two adults. Chaver Members are not asked to participate in the graduated dues system.

Information regarding current costs and fees for Hebrew School, bar/bat mitzvah, facilities rentals, and member rates for funerals and cemetery plot reservation is available upon request. Dues and event payments and other donations may be made online with an online account or through the synagogue office.

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To apply for membership, please contact our office. We are currently in the process of updating our membership forms.