Temple Shalom, Colorado Springs' oldest and largest Jewish congregation, is a vibrant, growing congregation in Colorado Springs with over 200 member families. We strive to provide a variety of programs and services to our members as well as to the local community. Worship Services, Religious School, Preschool, Youth group, Sisterhood, Men's Club, Senior Program, and Adult Education programs are among the many programs that are offered at Temple Shalom. Our members represent all generations, from our founding senior members and older residents, to families with children of all ages, single parents and their families, couples with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and people who are seeking a connection to the Jewish community.

Temple Shalom offers a variety of adult and youth education programs. Beyond membership dues, there are tuition fees for participation in Religious School and the Preschool, as well as for some of the special adult education programs that the Temple offers. Other programs are offered at no cost to Temple Shalom members. These revenues from programs help to complement the budgetary expenditures of our congregation.

If you have any questions about membership or are interested in joining our congregation, we invite you to contact the Temple office at (719) 634-5311. We would be happy to answer your questions or have someone from the Temple Membership Committee be in contact with you. Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions or if you would like additional information! We look forward to getting to know you and your family!

Temple Shalom Dues
Although Temple Shalom has annual dues for members, we also provide a flexible, personal approach for families who may need some assistance in order to join our congregation. We want to include any family who desires to be part of our Jewish community regardless of their financial position. All new memberships should complete the Membership Application and Dues Form found in the New Membership Forms box in the upper right hand portion of this page.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is included in membership dues?
  2. Temple Shalom's Standard annual dues include family tickets to all High Holy Day services, eligibility to enroll children in our Religious School, reduced fees for Preschool tuition, tutoring for B'nai Mitzvah, receipt of the monthly bulletin, discounts on various events open to the general public and many other benefits. 

  3. Can I come to Temple Shalom services and programs if I'm not a member?
  4. Shabbat Services at Temple Shalom are open to all Jews and visitors, as are most of our programs and events. If you are not a member of Temple Shalom, special tickets are required for admission to High Holy Day Services. Membership is also a requirement in order to send your children to Religious School Classes. We welcome visitors and hope you will consider coming to our services and programs any time!

  5. Why does Temple Shalom have an affiliation with both the Reform and Conservative movements?
  6. The congregation of Temple Shalom was formed through the merger of Temple Beth El (reform) and B'nai Israel (conservative) in 1971. As a merged community, we feel we are better able to serve the religious needs of a wide spectrum of the Jewish population in Colorado Springs while offering a variety of programs and services to our congregation and the community.

  7. What size is the Jewish community in Colorado Springs?
  8. A study of the Jewish population in Colorado Springs has not been conducted by any national Jewish agencies. However, according to a 2002 study done by the American Jewish Committee, there are approximately 73,000 Jews in the state of Colorado. Of that number, approximately 70,000 live in the Denver/Boulder metro area. Colorado Springs is a fast growing medium-sized city with approximately 361,000 residents, so we estimate that there are several thousand Jewish families in the Colorado Springs area.