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Baruch Haba! Welcome!

Temple Israel was established in 1920 as the first Jewish congregation in Alameda. Since then, we have grown to become the heart of Alameda’s Jewish community.

With 130 member families, our congregation is small enough to provide a warm and personal experience and established enough to build a foundation for Jewish culture in Alameda. With services every Friday night and special family programing throughout the year, we strive to foster a love for Jewish learning and play.

Our Roots Are Deep and Long

Temple Israel of Alameda is the historic and contemporary Jewish community in Alameda. Our programs, celebrations and observances have not only sustained us, but also helped us strengthen our bonds with Judaism and each other.

Please renew for 2020/2021 membership dues


Dear Families and prospective members,

These are difficult times. Our stores and institutions are closed. We are told to maintain “social distance," however, Temple Israel remains open for business! Our building is closed, but our congregation is vibrant and active. Throughout this crisis we haven’t missed a single Friday night Shabbat service, Saturday morning Torah study, or Sunday and Thursday Beit Bina classes. We even added programming with Rabbi Koch’s Lunch and Learn on Zoom. What we have learned is how to keep physically distant, while remaining socially close. 

We are here! Are you here with us? Please renew your 2020/2021 dues pledge to let us know that our congregation remains strong. Membership contributions are tax deductible. 

Membership Dues  

  • Sustaining: $261 per month or $3132 per year
  • Reduced: $135 per month or $1620 per year

Temple Israel is an inclusive congregation, and our priority is to make the Temple a welcoming place for all who wish to worship, study, and celebrate with us. If you are not financially comfortable paying the suggested membership dues, Please reach out to our President for a Confidential Dues Relief discussion. 

Note: Families with children attending Beit Bina are required to be members. Tuition grants are available. Please contact Cantor Brian to learn more.  

Enhanced Dues 

Our community has a dedicated staff and an aging building to support. Only through Enhanced Dues, generous donations, and the support of the Temple Israel Foundation are we able to generate the funds necessary to operate. If your means allow, please consider an annual gift.

  • Chesed – Kindness $10,800 and above 
  • Shalom – Peace $7,200 and above 
  • Tzedakah – Righteousness $3,600 and above 

Capital Campaign/Building Fund

Each new member family is expected to contribute a minimum of $1100 towards our building fund, generally paid over a 4-year period ($275 per year), which goes towards the upkeep and improvements to our building and facilities.  

Thank you. 
Eric Strimling, President Board of Directors


If you are not logged into your Membership Account via our Website and do not have a payment method set-up within your portal, you will be required to provide credit card information below.

If you are logged into your Membership Portal and have established online payment methods you will have the option of applying your membership and capital/building campaign contributions here.

If you do have trouble, please contact Deb Balot at

Thank you. 



At check out:
You will have the option to pay your total amount
in full or make payments monthly.

Thank you for your generosity.

About Donations

With a donation, you can honor and remember friends and loved ones, or celebrate important life cycle events. You can either designate your gift to the General Fund, to use where most needed, or designate your gift as restricted to benefit one of our ongoing funds. Either way, your generosity helps us deepen and expand our kehillah kedosha, our sacred community. Remember, contributions are tax deductible! You may go here on our website to make an online donation: Thank you. 

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Fri, January 22 2021 9 Sh'vat 5781