Become a 'Chai' member

     The Hebrew Congregation is small in numbers but great in spirit -- and it counts on friends outside St. Thomas to help this history Jewish community survive and thrive.
     At present, the full membership of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas consists of about 50 families and 60 single memberships. The congregation also has about 15 "Sponsors" -- people who live part of the year in St. Thomas and part elsewhere.
      But importantly, we also have two categories of Chai memberships:
     -- $36, Chai members receive the quarterly synagogue bulletin, remembrance of Yahrzeits at our Shabbat services as well as their listing in the bulletin. We now have more than 700 Chai members.
     -- $1,800, Lifetime Chai membership, provides the same Chai member benefits without ever again being billed for the membership. We have just over 125 Lifetime Chai members.
      Chai members are a vital part of this Congregation. Whether they come from the mainland of the United States or any other place in the world, their contributions help us perpetuate our 207-year-old Congregation, the oldest in continuous use under the American flag. They help connect us to the outer world, and they help make possible the continued existence of a vibrant and historic Jewish community.
      The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas depends on its Chai members. We cannot tell you how important these contributions are to maintaining this special Synagogue and community.
      To become part of our Congregation as a Chai or Lifetime Chai member, click here to e-mail us or call 340-774-4312. You can also send your check to Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, PO Box 266, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00804-0266. We will need the following information:
     -- Mailing address.
     -- Telephone number(s).
     -- E-mail address.
     -- Yahrzeit names and dates (month, day, year), plus an indication of whether the yahrzeit is observed according to the Hebrew or Gregorian calendar.
     Thank you!