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Dear KAT Members,

We hope that everyone is well and enjoying the summer!  With Elul just around the corner, it is time to arrange your KAT annual membership and seating for the upcoming Yamim Nora’im.

Each year, KAT depends on raising NIS 150,000 annually through the membership drive and from Yamim Nora’im seating. This amount funds the basic upkeep of the shul (payroll, insurance, utilities and minimal building maintenance).  We fund additional shul activities and special expenses from the proceeds received from the KAT simcha hall. 

The prices for membership dues and seating remain unchanged compared to previous years.

NIS donations to KAT are tax deductible under ‘Seif 46’.

Annual Membership Dues

⦁    NIS 1,990 per family

⦁    NIS 1,250 per family that has completed or is making ongoing Building Fund contributions (See here for information about the KAT Building Fund

⦁    Free for newcomers to the neighborhood, new olim and anyone under 30

In KAT, no membership request is turned down for reasons of financial hardship. If you wish to discuss this in strict confidence, please reach out to either myself (, the KAT Gizbar Yair Blumenfeld ( or any other member of the KAT Vaad (Daniel Rosenfield, Hanna Rais, Zev Jacobson or Gabi Frei).   

Yamim Nora’im Seating

Membership dues do not include Yamim Nora’im seats, which must be requested and purchased separately from membership dues. 

Seats will be allocated according to demand and a prioritization scale. The KAT Yamim Nora’im Seating Committee works extremely hard to ensure transparency and the fair allocation of seats. Unfortunately, not all seating requests can be accommodated, and we respectfully ask that you take this into account when communicating with the committee, and that a spirit of ‘hakarat hatov’ is maintained.

All instructions and pricing for membership dues and Yamim Nora’im seating are detailed below. 

Please ensure that both your KAT membership dues and Yamim Nora’im Seating fees are paid by Wednesday, Elul 13 / August 30.

In the meantime, on behalf of the KAT Vaad and Finance Team, we wish you all a Ketiva V'Chatima Tova, for an upcoming year filled with good health, happiness and success.


Netanel Derovan 
on behalf of the KAT Vaad


As in recent years, payment of membership is separate from payment for Yamim Nora’im seats.  

Registered KAT Members are entitled to purchase seats for the Yamim Nora’im (see next page for instructions and pricing), but payment of membership alone does not entitle members to a minimum number of seats.

As usual, there are three membership plan options:

⦁    Plan 1 Annual Membership Dues (for those who do not contribute to the KAT Building Fund.)

⦁    Plan 2 Discounted membership dues (for those who contributed/are contributing to the KAT Building Fund).  To check your eligibility for Plan 2 or to join the KAT Building Fund, please contact Yair (

⦁    Plan 3 available to newcomers to the neighborhood, new olim and anyone under 30.

Every member must register and pay for one of the following membership plans:



KAT membership dues do not include any Yamim Nora’im seats. You must be a registered KAT member in order to separately purchase seats for you and your guests. 

To purchase Yamim Nora'im seats, receive prioritization as members and avoid disappointment, please ensure that you are registered and pay your membership dues as a KAT 5784 member.

Please note that all plans for Yamim Nora’im seating are subject to change and further specific instructions may be issued in advance of the chagim. 

Below is the KAT Yamim Nora'im seating pricing for this year:

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Please note the following:

⦁    “Close family” is a spouse, child above kita daled, parent, parent-in-law, grandchild or grandparent of the primary KAT member.

⦁    “Other guest” is anyone else for whom a seat is being bought by the primary member but is not included in the “Close family” category.

⦁    Seats for Rosh Hashana are for both days.  Single day RH seats are not available.

⦁    Seat purchases will be approved and allocated by the KAT Yamim Nora’im Seating Committee after Wednesday, Elul 13 / August 30, according to the same prioritization as in previous years: 

⦁    1st priority:     Members 
⦁    2nd priority:     Member’s unmarried children (over the age of kita daled)
⦁    3rd priority:     Member’s married children 
⦁    4th priority:     Member’s grandchildren (over the age of kita daled) 
⦁    5th priority:     Member’s parents or older relatives
⦁    6th priority:     Member’s children beneath kita daled
⦁    7th priority:     Member’s other guests

⦁    No seats will be allocated to members’ children under the age of kita daled unless there are spare seats after the overall seat allocation, in which case they will be at a price of NIS 100, the same price as a member’s older child.

⦁    Any remaining seats will be sold for NIS 400 no earlier than 2 days before Rosh Hashana by email to  with no guarantee of seating.

⦁    See here for the KAT seating map


In order for your seating requests to be considered, both your KAT Membership dues and Yamim Nora’im Seating fees must be paid by Wednesday, Elul 13 / August 30.  

New Members (anyone who has never been a member of KAT in the past): Please complete this information questionnaire and continue with the 4 steps below. 

Renewing Members: Please follow the 4 steps detailed below:

⦁    Please visit and log-in (or create a log-in).
⦁    Select the relevant KAT Membership Plan for your family and add to your cart
⦁    Select the various Yamim Nora’im seats you would like to purchase and add to your cart
⦁    Follow the instructions for checkout / online payment

Payment Instructions

⦁    Credit/Debit Card via the online order/checkout process above.  You are able to pay in up to 12 monthly installments, and you are able to enter an amount which exceeds the membership dues if you wish to donate extra.

⦁    Bank Transfer - Members can pay by bank transfer or hora’at keva. The details are:
⦁    Bank: 12 Bank Hapoalim
⦁    Branch: 446 Ramat Bet Shemesh
⦁    Account: 6858
⦁    Account Name: Kehillat Ahavat Tzion
⦁    Please enter your name in the reference box when making the transfer and send an email to ⦁ confirming the amount you have transferred.

⦁    Cash / Check please contact to arrange.

(Kehillat Ahavat Tzion holds ‘Seif 46’ - NIS donations are tax deductible)

⦁    KAT Building Fund

The KAT Building Fund, initiated in 2003, enabled us to complete the building project in 2007, and since then is needed to fund larger repairs and maintenance, which otherwise might be beyond our reach.  

Approximately 60% of KAT member families made Building Fund commitments of NIS 9,000 per family (many families have contributed more than NIS 14,000 each), mostly spread into small monthly payments over a number of years.   

Contributing to the Building Fund makes families eligible for the discounted annual membership rate, as well as other benefits such as the right to book the Simcha Hall over two years in advance for a shabbat. 

Anyone can join the Building Fund – please contact the KAT Gizbar, Yair Blumenfeld ( for details.

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