Regular membership, with full benefits, is open to qualified Jewish men and their wives who have not reached their 53rd birthday. Those not eligible for regular membership may become Social members and participate in all of Touro’s events. Regular Membership Application – Ages 18-52 Social Membership Application – Ages 53 and Above
Your Touro membership brings you more than social events, family functions, meetings, good food and camaraderie. Here are just a few of the “perks” you and your family can expect from the largest independent Jewish fraternal order in New England, Touro Fraternal Association.
STUDENT FINANCIAL AID This year, the association has budgeted $51,000 to Student Financial Aid. $36,000 may be awarded in the form of interest-free loans. Regular Touro members, their children and the children of deceased regular members attending accredited institutions of higher learning are eligible to apply for loans of up to $3,000 per year. Eligible persons may borrow up to $12,000 over the course of their educational careers. An additional $15,000 may be awarded in the form of three $5,000 grants. Regular Touro members, their spouses and children, and the children of deceased regular Touro members attending accredited institutions of higher learning are eligible to apply for the grants. Previous grant winners are excluded from eligibility.
DISCOUNT THEATER TICKETS All Touro members earn special group rates for selected performances at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), Ocean State Theatre, Trinity, and Newport Playhouse.
SICK BENEFITS Included in your Touro annual dues is a Sick Benefit plan under which qualified regular members can collect up to 15 weeks of sick benefits.
MORTUARY BENEFIT Since its inception in 1918 Touro has paid a mortuary benefit to qualified beneficiaries of regular members. All new regular members receive a benefit of $2,000. Attention current regular members: Be sure your beneficiary information is up to date. Contact the Touro office if you have a question or want forms to change the beneficiary.
GRAVESITES Every regular member is entitled to a free gravesite on Touro land at Lincoln Park Cemetery as long as land is available. Sites are assigned in rotation at the time of need. The adjoining one may be reserved for the member’s spouse at a considerably reduced rate.
FUNERAL HOME DISCOUNTS Rhode Island Jewish funeral homes offer special discounts to Touro members and their families.
- A Sponsor (Brother listed on application as Proposed by) of a Regular member that is new to Touro Fraternal receives $15 Bagel Bucks after the initiation of the new Regular member. The Sponsor can be either a Regular or Social member. There are no limits to the number of times a Brother can be receive this incentive. There is no end date for this program, as of now.
- A “New Regular Member” (defined as a Regular member up to their first year at Touro) can achieve a bonus for himself and his Sponsor. The New Regular Member MUST attend at least one (1) Lodge meeting and a minimum of any four (4) events by their first anniversary. If accomplished, the New Regular Member receives a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts card and his Sponsor receives a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts card. There is no end date for this program, as of now.
- A New Regular Member who sponsors a person that becomes a Regular member (requires initiation), both Brothers will receive the choice of breakfast at Mesa Grill (together with some Touro friends) or free admission to the next Two-fer (this is the Sponsor’s choice). There are no limits to the number of times a Brother can be receive this incentive. There is no end date for this program, as of now.
- Until the Open House in April 2019, every Sponsor receives a raffle ticket for each new Regular member that is initiated. At the Open House, there will be a drawing for a new TV valued at $300.