Membership Types

At Washington Hebrew Congregation, membership is based on a “fair-share” policy.

We ask members to make an annual contribution commensurate with their individual giving ability. No individuals or families will be denied membership due to financial circumstances.

Young Membership

About our Fair Share Policy

Washington Hebrew Congregation believes that the Fair Share System is the most equitable way to spread the support of the Temple among its members. We recognize, however, that no one system applies perfectly in every situation.

We are firmly committed to making membership available to everyone and do not want anyone to forgo membership solely for financial reasons. If you have a question about membership, please contact Lindsay Fry Feldman for a confidential discussion.

Young Membership

Membership Types

By joining the Temple community, each member commits to provide a “Fair Share” of the necessary support of the Temple, its mission, and its activities. Members self-select a contribution level based on financial ability that is calculated from total household income received from all sources (earned and unearned). In addition to the Annual Contribution, there is a Capital Pledge payable over the first ten years of membership as well as an annual Security Fee. Annual Contribution and Capital Pledge Schedule

We offer individuals under the age of 36 the opportunity to join WHC at reduced rates – $150 for individuals 29 and under and $250 for individuals between the ages of 30 and 35.

WHC offers a special discounted rate to existing young members who turn 36, new members who join before the age of 40, and to all its ECC parents regardless of age. In the first three years of membership, these members pay only 25, 50, and then 75% of their Fair Share Annual Contribution. Young & Transitional Contribution Schedules

Choosing to become a Sustaining Member at Washington Hebrew is both an act of tzedakah and a reflection of faith in our shared Jewish future.

Our Sustaining Members help preserve the programs, education, worship, life cycle services, and pastoral care upon which our community is built. They also ensure that we can respond to congregants who may not be able to afford their Temple membership due to economic hardship.

Over time, our Sustaining Members will provide WHC with financial stability that reduces barriers to membership and provides the Temple with a dependable base of annual revenue that will allow us to welcome all members, regardless of their financial circumstances.

All Sustaining Members will receive recognition and certain special benefits throughout the year. We ask you, our Congregation’s leaders, to increase your support to the Temple to a “Sustaining Membership” level.

Rather than paying traditional Fair Share dues each year, when you become a Sustaining Member, you commit to an amount that is within the range of your Sustaining Membership category:

Guardian: $7,500 – $9,999
Founder: $10,000 – $17,999
Benefactor: $18,000 – $24,999
Sustainer: $25,000+

Our 2020-2021 Sustaining Members


Become a Sustaining Member

We need you now more than ever.

A group of our current and past leaders have already committed to becoming Sustaining Members, and we hope you will join them. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to reach out to Lindsay Feldman, Assistant Executive Director, at

Thank you for choosing to sustain our beloved Congregation.

Join Our Community Today

Fair Share Membership Form          Sustaining Membership Form


Lindsay Feldman
Assistant Executive Director