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If you seek spirituality in your life, you’ll find it at Congregation Sherith Israel. We offer support and inspiration through worship, music and tradition.

If you seek knowledge, you’ll find it here. We provide educational opportunities for families and individuals, adults and children that make Judaism more meaningful.

If you seek friendship, you’ll find it here. We encourage people to make deeper connections with each other, with our clergy and with themselves.

If you are a seeker, an interfaith family, a member of the LGBTQ community, or need special assistance, you’ll receive a warm welcome at Sherith Israel. We are proud that interfaith families and people of diverse ages, sexual orientation, ethnicity, interests and backgrounds find a comfortable spiritual home at Sherith Israel.

If you are interested in joining our spirited San Francisco community, we welcome you. Simply download our membership materials (or fill out our online application) and return them to Gordon Gladstone, our Executive Director. Questions? Please feel free to email Gordon so he can assist you.

Membership commitment

All members are asked to support our community as is feasible.  People can do this by attending programs and services, joining committees, participating in volunteer services, and representing our congregation positively in the community.

Congregation Sherith Israel is supported almost entirely by contributions from our members. To sustain our community, we have established expectations for annual basic membership contributions:

- Household of one person under the age of 36 - $1,000

- Household of more than one person in which the oldest member is under 36 - $1,500

- Household of one person 36 and older -$1,800

- Household of more than one person in which the oldest member is 36 or older -$2,500

-Household that is already affiliated with another synagogue (Associate Membership) $1000

We understand that some members cannot contribute at that level and others are able to give significantly more.  We encourage all potential members to discuss their contribution with our Executive Director.  Everyone is welcome regardless of financial resources.


Completing Your Commitment

We ask that you pay your pledge in full by August each year to help us before the onset of the holidays. Doing so ensures that we are able to provide for the entire congregation at this busy season.


Synagogue Preservation Fund

In order to be prepared for large, unplanned expenses associated with maintaining our historic building we ask new members to support the Preservation Fund for the repair and maintenance of our infrastructure. The Preservation Fund contribution is equal to one year's annual contribution over seven years. Associate members are exempt from this obligation.

For example, if a member’s annual contribution is $2500 per year, their Preservation Fund obligation is $357 a year, or $29 a month. These contributions ensure that the $16 million investment in our building over the last 20 years safeguarded for the next century.


Annual Fund

We ask all congregants to participate in our Annual Fund, which supplements our membership commitment to support all of our programming and services.


Everyone is welcome regardless of financial resources

Our executive director will work with you confidentially to determine a comfortable financial commitment for your household. Everyone is welcome.

Membership commitments, synagogue preservation payments and Annual Fund contributions are all fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Gordon Gladstone, 415.346.1720, or

New Member Interest Form

Get to know us by attending Shabbat or holiday services, taking a class, trying out any activity that interests you. Browse the rest of this website for more information about who we are and what we do, and you will find detailed information about upcoming featured events or our online calendar. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to our congregational family.

If you would like to take a tour or receive information on membership, please contact our office at (415) 346-1720 or complete the form below. 

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