Tree of Life Congregation
Tree of Life

Worship and Holidays

New Tickets Policy for High Holidays:

In March of 2017, the Tree of Life Board decided to issue tickets for several High Holiday services to members in good standing and nonmembers who pay for the tickets. The decision was made in consideration of the fact that membership has been declining in recent years and the Temple is under some financial constraints. If we want to continue offering the varied services and programs we now offer under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Joseph Hample, we need to increase our roster of members who pay dues and religious school fees (if they have children enrolled in Sunday School.) Please read this Q&A for more information.

Why are these changes taking place?

We are issuing tickets for High Holiday services in an effort to encourage our congregation to become dues-paying members in good standing. We also decided to move up the deadline for for the pledge forms and the first dues payments to ensure our solid financial footing for the year.

Can members brings guests?

Once members in good standing have returned their pledge forms by Aug. 1, they will be able to request up to six tickets for family members and guests. The first installment is due Sept. 1, 2017, the beginning of our fiscal year.

Can I attend services as a non-member?

Yes, as long as you pay $450 to Tree of Life by Aug. 1, 2017.

Can I bring my family as a non-member?

Yes, once you pay your non-member dues, you can request up to six tickets for services.

Do I have to pay money to get in if I haven’t paid these non-member dues?

No. When you arrive, request a pledge envelope from Barry Pallay. Fill out the form and mail in your dues after High Holy Days.

Which High Holiday services will require tickets?

Erev Rosh Hashanah service

The first day of Rosh Hashanah service

Kol Nidre service

Yom Kippur morning service

Which High Holiday services may non-members attend without paying?

Second day Rosh Hashanah and the evening Yom Kippur services of Yizkor and Neilah.

What happens if I’m a college student or community member who has just moved to Morgantown?

College students with a valid ID and community members who have just moved to Morgantown may attend all services.

For more information on Tree of Life’s new ticket policy for the High Holidays, please email Richard Cohen (, Alison Bass ( or Ed Gerson (

Tree of Life Congregation (Reform) was incorporated in 1922 as Tree of Life Community Center. Our first permanent rabbi was Dr. Alfred Jospe in 1940. Briefly detained in the German Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Jospe emigrated to England, and the Morgantown Jewish community sponsored his coming here. The Congregation met in various rented locations in Morgantown until 1949, when the newly constructed Temple at 242 South High Street opened its doors. Tree of Life’s current rabbi is Joseph Hample, who is a 1978 graduate of Harvard University and was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 2009.