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Becoming a Member

We hope you have landed on this page because you like what you see on our website or at a visit to our synagogue.  We are often asked some basic questions, which are answered below.

What makes Ner Tamid different from other congregations in the area?

We pride ourselves on being small enough to recognize visitors and new members and offer them a warm welcome.  You'll find our congregants to be friendly and eager to make you feel at home.  Each congregant brings his or her own natural gifts that enrich us all. 

We are located on a peak above a small canyon off Pomerado Road. Our sanctuary was designed to integrate nature and the beautiful views it offers.  In summer, we hold Friday night services out on the patio. 

We love to welcome new people and are a diverse group of Jews - including Jews of Color, Jews by Choice, interfaith families, LGBT+, and Jews from all over the world! If you don't feel like you belong at other synagogues, this might just be the place for you! If you grew up as a secular Jew and want to learn more about your Judaism; if you grew up Conservative and haven't been to synagogue lately; if you just moved to the area and area and are looking for a friendly new community - come spend a Shabbat with us!

 Who belongs to Ner Tamid?

Our congregants are older, younger, single or divorced, families, empty nesters, interfaith families, Jews by choice, those who are more observant, and those who are less observant, members of the LGBT+ community. We welcome everyone.  

Our members come from all over San Diego:

Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Ranch, the City of San Diego and all points north and east: Escondido, Valley Center, Ramona, San Marcos, Fallbrook, even the Temecula Valley.  

Some members join though they never intend to be physically close to the Poway/Rancho Bernardo area.  Others maintain their spiritual attachment to our synagogue long after their lives take them farther away.  

We are proud that we create such enduring bonds. 

Do you have a Hebrew School?

We are very proud of the Sam S. Bloom Learning Center.  You can find more information about Ner Tamid's Hebrew School activities and programs here. 

Too young yet for Hebrew School? See what our Tots at Ner Tamid are doing.  We make it fun and educational.  Simply perfect for the pre-school child.

Do you have children approaching Bar-Mitvah or Bat-Mitzah age?  As a fully egalitarian synagogue, we wish for our young boys and girls to achieve the same potential through the same content.  Check out The Bar and Bat-Mitvah training your child will receive!

Post Bar and Bat Mitvah?  Being a member of Ner Tamid means that as your child enters his or her mid-teens, they have a "Chevrah" or peer-group, that can join up with others in the wider community through out many Conservative Jewish community resources.  Here are a few teen experience adventures and service projects.

What does it cost to become a member?

We have a schedule of membership dues, but if you feel you cannot completely afford them, we will work with you.  School tuition is additional.

How can I become a member?  What if I just want more information?

Please attend one of our services which take place Friday night at 6:30 PM or Saturday morning, from 9:30 to noon.  

Please check our Synagogue Calendar of Events, and meet our congregants and Rabbi Sammy!

You can call our office at (858) 777-0256 and we'd be happy to answer any additional questions. You can also email us at

 You can also use our Contact Us page to let us know of your interest.  

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