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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

“$9 Trillion…..”

Is a lot of money, for sure. By 2027, that is the amount of money projected to transfer from Americans’ estates to the next generation. If just 5% of that amount is designated for charitable purposes – a mere $441

A Plaque in the Bathroom? Really?

Maybe there is some truth to the story my former boss once told me. He said the best place to post a plaque acknowledging a significant contribution was in the Men’s’ or Ladies’ Bathroom. It would be hard for people

Advocacy in the Gun Debate: Strategic Investing

It is hard not to be impacted by the young people from Parkland, FL and their actions and advocacy for safer gun laws. They have certainly been impressive. The March 24th March for Our Lives in Washington and throughout the

“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

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