Why Join?

Or Chadash is  a welcoming community.  While the congregation was founded in response to discrimination against LGBT Jews in traditional congregations, membership  in Or Chadash is open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our membership spans a wide range of ages, religious backgrounds, and interests.

We encourage you to consider joining our congregation.  In addition to being part of a community membership offers the following benefits:

    • Regular communication about events and activities of interest
    • A space to celebrate life cycle events such as weddings and baby namings
    • Support at times of loss or grief
    • Jewish education classes at no charge
    • Invitations to social events
    • Assistance from our Chesed Brigade at times of illness or other difficulties
    • Participation in services at Shabbat and holidays
    • Yahrzeit reminders and acknowledgement from the bima at Shabbat services
    • High Holy Day tickets at no additional charge and at reduced charge for your guests
    • Opportunities to participate in leadership of the congregation through committee and board positions

Membership Application

 Please use this form if you are applying for membership or if you are renewing your membership, but need to make changes to the information submitted last  year (contact information,  yahrzeits, etc.)

To open the application, you must have Adobe Reader Adobe Acrobat on your computer.   Please print the form and mail to Congregation Or Chadash, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago IL 60660

 

 

 

Dues

Or Chadash offers different levels of membership including individual, family, and our “under 30/student” membership category.

Financial considerations should not deter anyone from joining the congregation. It is our policy that no one is denied membership in Or Chadash because of financial hardship; do not hesitate to contact us to help find a workable dues option.

Our membership year begins in July, and dues may be pro-rated.


Dues for 2013-2014 are as follows:

 

Membership Level

Dues

Individual

$ 635

Individual Student/Under 30

$ 315

Family

 $1085

Family Student/Under 30

Associate Member

$ 535

$250

 

In order to eliminate the fees Or Chadash is charged for using credit and debit cards, we ask you to consider the following options when paying your membership dues: 1) paying in full with a check, 2) enclosing post-dated checks covering all payments 3) set up recurring online payments through online checking account (enclose confirmation of recurring payments).

Membership Renewal

If there have been no changes in contact information, yahrzeits or any other information since the previous year you can use this simplified renewal form 

To open the application, you must have Adobe Reader Adobe Acrobat on your computer.


Please print the form and mail it to us at Congregation Or Chadash, 5959 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

Join Our Family

One of the most important gifts we can give ourselves and our families s the knowledge and comfort that we are not alone. Through worship, study and tikkun olam, we affirm our support for each other. This participation and commitment, above all things, has sustained our Jewish heritage for almost 6,000 years.

In true family tradition we envision full participation by every member, where each person can discover a meaningful role. At the same time, we recognize that Judiasm is not "one size fits all". Given the diversity of our members of various backgrounds and interests, we seek to offer an array of modes of worship, education and activities for each member.There are many paths to community at Or Chadash.To join our family, email our Membership Director.

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Or Chadash Blogs Elul:  Check Us Out!
For the last few years, Rabbi Phyllis Sommer has embarked on a social media project to prepare for the High Holy Days through reflection and introspection in the month of Elul. Her project, #BlogElul, has resonated with Jews across the world, and has given rise to a lot of Elul content in social media–and now it’s time for Or Chadash to join the movement! During the month of Elul, as we prepare to receive the year 5776, members of the Or Chadash community will create posts centered around the themes provided by Rabbi Sommer. This blog will collect these posts and allow us to engage in meaningful conversations via comments and perhaps even your own responses on your social media. We encourage you to participate in the worldwide conversation in order to enrich your Elul experience.

We will collect those posts in a the blog which will allow us to engage in meaningful conversations via comments and perhaps even your own responses on your social media. We encourage you to participate in the worldwide conversation in order to enrich your Elul experience. If you're interested, please email  office@orchadash.org
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