Membership Commitment

We hope that your affiliation with CBSRZ brings you joy, meaning, and lasting friendships. May our years together fulfill your passions for prayer, learning, social justice, and community. Synagogue members make annual financial commitments that support CBSRZ as an active and vibrant religious, educational, and cultural institution. Membership pledges pay for the professional and support staff, subsidize our lifelong educational journey, and provide the funds needed to cover the expenses inherent in operating a Jewish community.


Our basic pledge level is the set amount required from each member unit for our operations to be successful. We each contribute a piece of the financial pie so that the whole is complete. And we are committed to welcoming all who wish to be a part of our sacred community regardless of ability to pay. So, if you are experiencing financial hardship and must reduce your contribution, you can.


That said, our congregation depends on additional dues contributions to assist those who are unable to meet minimum requirements but would like to be a part of our congregation. Any amount you are able to pledge in excess of basic membership dues will help us continue to provide a full spectrum of religious, cultural, educational, and related programs for all members of our sacred community.

Membership Categories


One or two adults and any children under 26 living at home.


Young Member

One or two adults and any children 18 or under; oldest family member 32 years of age of younger.

Summer Member

One or two adults who have a permanent residence in another state and are in Connecticut for six months or less each year.

Second Synagogue Member

One or two adults and any children living at home who are full members in good standing at another synagogue. Letter of good standing from first synagogue membership required.

Membership Pledge

Basic Dues



  • Single/Single Parent: $1,760
  • Family: $2,720

Young Member (32 and under)

  • Single/Single Parent: $830
  • Family: $1,360

Summer Member

  • Single/Single Parent: $1,360
  • Family: $1,360

Second Synagogue Member

  • Single/Single Parent: $830
  • Family: $1,360


Member Plus

If you are able to contribute beyond the basic dues level, please do.  You’ll be making membership possible for another family with your contribution.

  • Single/Single Parent: amount greater than $1,760
  • Family: amount greater than $2,720
  • Chai single: $2,885 or more
  • Chai Family: $5,665 or more

Adjusted Pledge/Variance

We honor all of our members and those who wish to be members of CBSRZ. A core value of our community is that financial limitations will never be a barrier to membership. if you are experiencing financial hardship and must reduce your contribution this year, you can.  Your request will be reviewed after you have completed the variance form.

Building Pledge

In 1998, we undertook the raising of funds for a new synagogue building. The response was remarkable, as $5 million was given or pledged, enabling us to forgo a mortgage. New members are asked to pledge, for a defined period beginning in the second year of membership, funds for capital needs in the present day, as part of the community effort.

  • Single: $1,625 ($325 per year for 5 years)
  • Family: $2,500 ($500 per year for 5 years)
  • Summer Member: $1,250 ($250 per year for 5 years)


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