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“Venmo the Temple!”

Xerox is the first company I can remember that became a verb for the action it was best known for. For Baby Boomers, when Xerox’s duplicating technology became a staple in many offices, anytime you needed to copy a college

Interim or Permanent Rabbi: The Best Way to Go?

It depends. Temple Ner Tamid is a 480+ family congregation in Bloomfield, NJ – about 12 miles west of the Lincoln Tunnel. When Rabbi Steven Kushner becomes our emeritus rabbi in June, he will have been our rabbi for 38

Bad Stuff Does Happen…

At any time. And most often when you least expect it. When I was a teenager, my dad had shared with me that my grandfather – my dad’s father-in-law – had pestered he and my mom to buy cemetery plots

2018 Tax Reform: Doom & Gloom?

I don’t think so. Whenever there has been a change in the U.S. tax laws, I always consult with my accountant for a better understanding.  Arthur, who also happens to be my brother-in-law, always has the ability to explain such

#MeToo: Everyone Needs to Speak Up!!

Our various newsfeeds these past few months have been dominated by the reports of sexual harassment and assault. In business, in media and in politics. We wake up each day in anticipation of what the news will bring. Who else

#GivingTuesday and My Email Mailbox

#CyberMonday to #GivingTuesday – lots of time on our computers or phones! It will be interesting to see the results from #GivingTuesday for 2018. I am amazed by past results. Last year, more than 40,000 not-for-profit organizations and houses of

5 Ideas for End-of-Year Fundraising and Cash

Thanksgiving is in just 9 days. We take a break from the typical hustle bustle of life and experience enjoyable times with family and friends and of course good food – and lots of it. And then on Friday morning,

Dues: How Much Of An Increase?

If you needed to raise the dues level for next year’s budget, what do you think? Jane, the president of a synagogue in a Midwestern university town called me recently. Besides Hillel, Jane’s synagogue is the only game in town.

Facebook: The Place For Synagogue News

Facebook posts tell a sad story of synagogue life. On Friday, Rabbi Barry Lutz posted his Facebook page that he can be reached at his Gmail address. That spurred my curiosity that something was wrong. Barry had been at Temple

Parsonage Under Fire

There are advantages for synagogues in being classified as a religious organization. Regular not-for-profit organizations have to file a 990 annually with the Internal Revenue Service. Like our own individual tax filings. If the organization’s revenue is more than $1

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