Beth Chai: The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist CongregationBeth Chai: The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist Congregation


If you are thinking about joining Beth Chai, please contact us — we would be happy to send you our current brochure and application. Beth Chai's dues, unlike those of many Washington-area congregations, are not based on annual income. Nor are there additional "voluntary" contributions that members are expected to make. We have worked hard to keep our annual dues as low as possible.

When you are ready to become a member, please register using our registration site Following membership registration, we encourage you to enroll your children in Sunday School classes and to reserve your space for High Holiday services. All registrations and payments can be done online now!

Visitors are welcome free of charge at our Sunday School and Adult Education programs and Shabbat Services, although we ask that you give us advance notice. If you have any questions about membership, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact us at or by telephone at 301-229-7400.

If you have any questions about our dues structure or would like to discuss financial arrangements, please contact our Treasurer, in confidence at

For current membership and school fees, see Fees at a Glance.

Financial Need Policy:
Beth Chai welcomes anyone to attend services, become a member, or have their children attend our Jewish Family School, regardless of ability to pay. Considerations available include extended payment plans, service exchange, and fee reduction. Financial aid determination will be made on a case by case basis.

Membership Levels:

  • Family membership is defined as two adults living in a household plus their dependents. Adult children of Beth Chai members may remain part of the Family membership through age 22. After an adult child turns 23, they may join on their own, purchase their own ticket/s for High Holiday services.
  • Single-Parent Family membership is a household with one a adult and their dependents; or a household with two adults with a second, paid religious affiliation.
  • Individual membership is one adult. It does not include spouses, dependents or adult children.
  • Associate membership is available for families or an adult/s residing more than 50 miles outside the Washington, DC area.
  • Full-Time Student membership is available for full-time students over the age of 22.