Year: 2018

Tax Benefits?

Do people support the synagogue financially because it is advantageous in terms of taxes? I doubt it is the first thing people think about when considering becoming a part of a synagogue community. Even when the first invoice comes for

High Holy Day Appeal:Facebook

I admit it. I am an avid user of Facebook. Perhaps 2-3 times a day. I catch up on my children and their posts – although I sometimes think that they don’t share all of their posts with me. Friends

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

The big envelope comes from the synagogue with the sticker on the front “High Holy Day Information inside”. It sits on Larry David’s desk for a couple of weeks and the day has come when he needs to decide what

Events: Fun or Funds?

My cousin Rob is an Optometrist. As a “side job”, he is an amazing woodworker and makes an assortment of wooden bowls of different sizes, usually from trees that have come down from snow and rain storms. Every year, Rob

What Are We Looking For?

A few years ago, we moved. “Downsized and modernized” was my mantra. We lived on a small block with a lot of activities – annual Labor Day Block party, December holiday gatherings. There was even a communal snow blower. Picture

Words and Tone Matter

My doctor’s office is filled with signs as to the “Do’s and Don’ts”. And it often seems more are about the “Don’ts”. “If you need a referral, we need at least One week”. “You need to provide your co-pay at

High Holy Days: It’s an Opportunity

Many of us have the annual debate: whether the High Holy Days are early or late this year. If Rosh Hashanah falls soon after Labor Day – as it does this year on September 9th – pundits comment that the

Ask Rabbi, Ask!!!

The best synagogue campaigns are when the rabbi is actively involved in all aspects. Helping to write the case for giving and vision statement, Prospect identification, creating strategies for engagement, and soliciting. We often think of rabbis as the “Chief

Synagogues Paying Taxes?

It may happen for some. When I see the word “PILOT”, the immediate thought that comes to mind is the person who flies a plane. When I have my synagogue hat on, I also think of a new program or

Tax Reform: Moving for a Job – It’s Not Good News

Early in my career, we moved twice due to the requirements of a job. When we were newly married, we moved from Boston to Brooklyn. We had a small apartment and didn’t have a lot of stuff. I connected with

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