Community Commitment Program

CBT Community Commitment Program for New and Returning Members Aged 41 and Younger

The CBT Community Commitment program allows congregants age 41 and younger to make a voluntary commitment of tzedakah to CBT instead of paying traditional dues. Under this program, we ask our members to make a voluntary commitment of tzedakah to help sustain the synagogue. There are numerous costs associated with operating CBT, including paying utility bills, paying staff salaries, hosting events, and subsidizing numerous programs such as the preschool, the religious school, and the B’nai Mitzvah program.  Your contribution will help defray these costs and ensure that CBT is able to continue to operate. 

To discuss your personal commitment to CBT, contact Alan Blank, [email protected] or 301.299.0225, x307.

FAQ’s about the CBT Community Commitment Program

Q: Why have we changed from the traditional membership dues system for individuals and families age 41 and younger?

A: Our CBT Community Commitment program is designed to employ the values of equality, inclusion and respect to give as many people as possible the opportunity to support our mission because they recognize the importance of what we do.

Q: What is the Sustaining Commitment?

A: The Sustaining Commitment is the average annual commitment required from all congregants to meet our expense budget (in lieu of dues, Supporters’ Fund contributions and other event fundraising).  It does not include tuition and fees for our schools, building fund pledges or other minor revenues from events, programs and fundraising.  We estimate that if each member paid the Sustaining Commitment - $3,855 per family – we will be able to pay our bills. We recognize that some will not be able to pay the sustaining level, and that’s OK. We also hope there will be others who step up to the honors categories by paying more than the Sustaining Commitment.

Q: Why is this program only available to members age 41 and under?

A: CBT’s Strategic Plan suggests rolling out the sustaining or voluntary dues model to younger families first, as a way of testing the benefits of the program before considering a broader roll-out of the plan.  If the roll-out to the age 41 and under members is successful, there is a high likelihood that the Board will expand the program to include other congregants.

Q: What happens if this system does not bring in sufficient dollars to meet our budget?

A: In the event that the CBT Community Commitment Program does not result in sufficient funds to run the synagogue, the Board of Directors may decide to restore the old dues system. However, we have full confidence that this step will not be necessary.  Precedent at many other synagogues across the country who have rolled the program out to their entire congregation suggest we will see the benefits of this new program and not experience the obvious financial downside risk.