Membership Information & Application
Dear prospective member,
Thank you for your interest in the Jewish Community of Japan.
We are always happy to see new faces (as well as old ones) and welcome you to stop by our building at any time. The Center is an active place and we hope you will join us in our daily activities, lectures, classes, and discussion groups. You may also choose to use the Judaica library and computers, or meet with the Rabbi, or join friends and attend services and holiday meals.
We consider our community a unique melting pot in this city of 14 million. We may be of different backgrounds, countries, ages, occupations and personalities, but we have our Jewish tradition in common. For this reason, many people consider the JCC not only a house of worship but a home away from home and a place of friendship. In addition to religious service and school, we offer a wide range of social, educational and cultural programs. People also regularly gather for Friday night dinners, Saturday Kiddush and festival meals, particularly convenient because of our kosher kitchen.
As you know, the JCC is entirely supported by the community, and depends on our member’s support to be able to provide services and facilities. We sincerely hope you will consider joining us.
Below is an explanation of our membership categories and fees. If you are not certain which category applies to you, please contact us. We will be happy to address your concerns and answer your questions.
Most of all, on behalf of all of us at the Jewish Community of Japan, we warmly welcome you into our community, and look forward to seeing you in the near future.
1. Regular Membership: This is the most common category and covers individuals and families working in Japan. Monthly fee: ¥15,000 plus ¥1,800 for each additional dependent member over 18 (e.g. member. + spouse = ¥16,800; member + spouse + one adult child = ¥18,600) . This is the only JCJ voting membership category.
2. Service Membership: Junior diplomats, military personnel, teachers in local schools. Monthly fee: ¥5,500.
3. Junior Membership: Single, under 30 years. Monthly fee: ¥3,500.
4. Student Membership: This category is for single students studying on a full-time basis, with no income. Limit: one year. Initiation fee waived. Monthly fee: ¥2,000.
Memberships are subject to a one-time ¥20,000 initiation fee (non-refundable) and a ¥20,000 deposit (refundable) as well as a bi-annual assessment fee (equal to monthly fee) for building maintenance and staff bonus.
Meals, High Holiday tickets, and other costs may be debited from your membership account, payable monthly. Members pay less than guests in all cases.
Categories and fees are adjustable in some situations. If you have a specific question or concern, please contact the Rabbi, the President, or the Membership Chair.
CAF America is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For US taxpayers, donating to the JCJ via CAF America will enable you to take a charitable tax deduction for US tax purpose. For donations via CAF please follow this link.
All membership applications are subject to review by the Board of the Jewish Community of Japan. Please only fill out the application if you have been in touch with us to discuss your application. If you need to get in touch with us for the first time please visit our General Inquiry page.
The membership application form is below. Please follow the “workflow” hitting Next after each step and Submit once you are complete. Once submitted, our office will be in touch to follow up. Memberships will be considered complete upon the receipt of the initiation fee, deposit and one-month of membership dues.