Renew Your Membership

“You should not appear before God empty-handed.  Every person should give in accordance with how s/he has been blessed. . .”  

Deuteronomy 16:16b-17

Fair Share Dues

June 2018 ● Sivan 5778

Bolton Street Synagogue is a place where all of us can feel at home and where we join in sacred partnership to build a community based upon Jewish values. Our commitment to Bolton Street builds not only our own synagogue community, but the Jewish community as a whole.

The biggest expression of our shared support for BSS comes through dues. Dues are the foundation that sustains the activities and functions of the congregation. However, this is not a simple fee-for-service arrangement. Dues are more than that. They are an investment in the Bolton Street community and in the larger Jewish community as well.

The past year has been particularly exciting and successful for BSS. As Rabbi Andy Gordon approaches his first anniversary with us, we look back on a year of growth in our membership, increased attendance at services, new musicians and cantors, engaging adult education, a revitalized Tot Shabbat program, our first delegation of teens to L’Taken, and greater collaboration with other Reform congregations.

The coming year will bring even more new starts. We are thrilled to have cantorial student Emily Simkin joining us not just for the high holidays, but also for one weekend each month. We have received grants to expand both our tots and teen programming. A fresh new look will soon be evident in our building, where generous donations are enabling us to replace our worn-out carpet and paint. Among several fun upcoming events, a particularly special moment will be our Block Party in July when we will celebrate Rabbi Gordon’s first anniversary with us.

Continuing to move forward energetically requires contributions of time, wisdom, and money from our members. For over a decade, Bolton Street has had a Fair-Share Dues structure designed to generate the funds necessary to sustain our synagogue in the fairest and most equitable way possible. We ask you to continue your engagement in this arrangement. The attached form will help you determine the right amount for you. If you feel you can exceed that amount, we welcome your generosity.

At Bolton Street Synagogue, we take pride in not turning anyone away due to financial hardship. If you feel that you need dues relief, please contact Melissa Zieve, President at 410-303-5010 or

We thank all congregants for doing their part. As a covenantal community, we rely on one another.

To make a partial dues payment by credit card if you have already calculated your fair share sum, click here:  

Download the Fair Share Dues Worksheet . 


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