Year: 2013

At This Time Of Year, Ask!!!

How many times in the next six weeks will you be asked for a contribution? Similar to retail, the time period between Thanksgiving and the end of the calendar year represents a boon for charitable giving to not-for-profits – including

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Paying As You Go…

The comments from last week’s post about whether or not there should be tickets for the High Holy Days reminded me of a story. A few years back, I was having an extended telephone conversation with the Senior Rabbi of

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No More Tickets for High Holy Days!!

The conversation at the last Religious Living Committee was quite interesting. A brand new member had shared her dismay at having to pay for babysitting at High Holy Day Worship. She shared with the chairperson that her concern was that

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It Is Not Just About Money: But Money Does Help

Happy New Year!  My apologies for not writing for a while. All of a sudden, there has been a plethora of articles related to synagogue dues and engagement that highlight some themes I have been writing about. You may have

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Transactional or Relational Judaism: You Decide

Recently, the High Holy Day Packet from our synagogue came in the mail. The listing of High Holy Services, from Selichot through Minchah and Ne’ilah, takes up the top half of the cover letter. The bottom half of the letter

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No Organ at the High Holy Days??

Several years ago, a long time congregant at our synagogue passed away. His widow wanted to do something for our synagogue in honor of her late husband. The synagogue meant a great deal to them. They both loved liturgical music

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More Dues Stuff; Let’s Focus On Engagement!

Another comprehensive report is out about the challenges of synagogue dues. Rethinking synagogue dues is something I have been writing about periodically. The new report by SYNERGY: UJA-Federation And Synagogues Working Together of the New York UJA-Federation is full with

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Rabbi Contracts: Covenantal Partnership and Legal Agreement

A few years ago, the rabbi of a 500+ family congregation in the New York metropolitan area called me. He had been at the synagogue for several years and was negotiating another contract. The board wanted to attach fundraising expectations

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A Fight at a Congregational Meeting?

18 years ago, when I attended my first Annual Congregational Meeting at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, NJ, a fight almost broke out. I remember that Jonathan, the treasurer, had presented the budget to the 80 congregants who were in

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Confirmation: What Some People Are Missing!

A week before Shavuot, the students in my Confirmation Class at the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, MA decided we did not want to participate in our Ceremony of Confirmation. Much like many of the Confirmands today, we were

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