We look forward to welcoming you to our community and telling you more about all the different worship opportunities, programming and ways to get involved and connected at Temple Israel. We will be happy to provide you information about the costs, obligations and privileges of membership.

We invite you to make an appointment with our Executive Director Dennis DePorte. Dennis will be happy to answer your questions and show you around Temple Israel. A member of our Membership committee will also call you back to answer questions informally and personally. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dennis DePorte, 402-556-6536.

Thank you again for your interest in joining Temple Israel. We look forward to your becoming part of our congregational family.

Benefits of Membership

Temple Israel is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization.

 

Gateway Program

Gateway is a joint membership of the Jewish Community Center and a Synagogue of your choice. This program offers a unique way for young adults to become involved in the Omaha Jewish community. This program is offered only to young adults, ages 19-30, who are not current members of the JCC or a synagogue. When you join Gateway, you will have membership privileges at the JCC facilities as well as membership at the congregation of your choice. If you are interested in joining please contact Member Services at 402-334-6552.

Membership Levels

Becoming a Patron

Patrons of Temple Israel voluntarily pay $2,000 above their fair share dues, with the option to renew each year. If you choose to become a Patron, your name will be included on the Patron plaque located outside the sanctuary doors. Please contact Executive Director Dennis DePorte for more information.
 

Becoming a Sponsor

Sponsors of Temple Israel voluntarily pay 25% above their fair share dues, with the option to renew each year. If you choose to become a Sponsor, your name will be included on the Sponsor plaque located outside the Livingston Chapel doors. Please contact Executive Director Dennis DePorte for more information.

Interfaith Couples

The Reform movement has a proud history of serving the needs of interfaith couples, couples considering interfaith marriage, those seeking conversion to Judaism, Jews-by-Choice and all those who are interested in Jewish values and traditions. At Temple Israel, we:
  • Welcome Jews and non-Jews who seek to learn more about Judaism.
  • Embrace Jews-by-Choice as full members of the Jewish community.
  • Invite interfaith couples into the congregation. We encourage non-Jewish partners to study, explore and understand Judaism so they may form a comfortable relationship with Judaism and the Temple community.
  • Encourage people to make Jewish choices in their lives through community support, adult education and other Jewish resources.
The Temple Israel clergy are an important resource for interfaith families, whether it be for counseling or to learn more about Judaism. At Jewish lifecycle events, we include the non-Jewish spouse as fully as possible. Children of interfaith couples are welcomed with open arms in our religious school and non-Jewish grandparents are included in the B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. In the event of divorce, the non-Jewish spouse may continue to affiliate with the congregation. Upon the death of the non-Jewish spouse, he or she may be buried in the Temple Israel cemetery, however the burial service shall follow Jewish tradition as per cemetery policy. If you have questions about outreach, please contact Executive Director Dennis DePorte.