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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.

Becoming a Member

Membership dues sustain our congregation. It costs approximately $280 per month per family (a family is defined as up to 2 adults and their children) to provide all the wonderful services that we have available. Membership contributions are tax deductible.

Membership Dues

Sustaining $258 per month or $3,100 and above
Minimum $134 per month or $1,600 and above

Temple Israel aims to be an inclusive congregation, and our priority is on making the Temple a welcoming place for all who wish to worship, study, and participate in cultural programming. If you are not financially comfortable paying the minimum membership dues, you are encouraged to reach out to our President for a Confidential Dues Relief form.

Note: Families with children attending Beit Bina are required to be members. Tuition grants are available. If financial constraint may prevent Beit Bina participation, please call the Temple office to learn more.

Enhanced Dues

We are continuing our membership plan called Enhanced Dues to provide the much-needed support our Jewish community requires to operate on an annual basis. Our community has a dedicated staff to lead us in worship, celebration and education and an aging building to support. Only through Enhanced Dues, generous donations, and the support of the Temple Israel Foundation will we be able to generate the funds necessary to operate. See below for "thank you" benefits by category.

  • Chesed - Kindness $10,800 and up: Tree of Life leaf, Yahrzeit Plaque, and Pew Naming Plaque
  • Shalom - Peace $7,200 and up: Tree of Life leaf, Yahrzeit Plaque
  • Tzedakah – Righteousness $3,600 and up: Tree of Life Lea

Capital Campaign/Building Fund

Each family is expected to contribute a minimum of $1000 towards our building fund. This contribution is generally paid over a 4-year period ($250 per year) and goes towards the upkeep and improvements to our building and facilities.

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!

Want More Information

Please contact us

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