(as of 10/15; subject to change)
A child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah is one of the most joyous occasions a Jewish family celebrates and Temple Israel strives to make the memorable occasion as festive, heartwarming and wonderful as possible. This cannot be done without the financial support of our congregants. It is Jewish tradition that congregants must pay all financial obligations to their synagogue and community before a simcha. This tradition is observed at Temple Israel.
Financial Pledges: Pledges for the current year (and any pledges/dues outstanding from prior years) must be paid in full 30 days prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. If you have a payment plan in place with our Temple Financial Administrator, please make sure lines of communication are kept open so that you and she are both clear on the plan.
School Fees: The Temple expects that all students will complete the entire 7th grade curriculum, remaining with their grade at least until the Moving Up ceremony in May, and then hopefully to Hebrew High School. School fees must be paid for the full 7th grade school year, even if your child’s bar/bat mitzvah occurs before the school year ends. Please contact our Temple Financial Administrator for further information.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fee: $900 due upon acceptance of the bar/bat mitzvah date. There is no fee for the use of the Temple, or for the services of the Rabbi or Cantor, for this life-cycle event. Your child will attend additional classes in preparation to become a bar/bat mitzvah and the fee covers the cost of the educators and materials for those additional classes. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact the Temple Israel Finance Committee directly to discuss your options. In the event of withdrawal from the bar/bat mitzvah program, the fee is fully refundable up to six (6) months before the bar/bat mitzvah date.
Building Fund: The Building Fund Fee must be paid in full 12 months prior to the bar/bat mitzvah date.
Optional - Use of Facility for 2-hour Luncheon or full Reception: If you intend to use the Temple for a party or luncheon following services please notify the Temple Office Manager as soon as possible to reserve the Oneg room on your date. This is done on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please remember that financial obligations must be fulfilled according to the schedule outlined above and provided by our Finance Committee. Our Temple is here for you and you are a vital part of our community, so please keep the lines of communication open. If you have any questions please call the Temple Financial Administrator at (914) 271-4705 or the Chair of the Finance Committee.