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Belonging to a Movement: Do People Really Care?

Some friends once shared a story about how they picked a synagogue when they moved to the area. They visited the Conservative and Reform synagogues that were nearest for Shabbat worship. They also met with each of the rabbis. One

Transparency

The internet has brought about greater financial transparency for not-for-profits. It is rare when an organization’s most recent financial statement and IRS 990 – the tax filing for not-for-profits – is not found on its website. What about synagogues? Recently,

How We Pay

I was speaking with my friend Carl today. He lives in Atlanta and attends a Methodist Church. He shared with me that this is a big weekend for Methodists. 864 Delegates will be gathering in St. Louis to consider several

Nickel and Dimed-Really?

When our children were in elementary, middle and high school, it seemed that the PTA and the local Fund for Educational Excellence were always in fundraising mode. Bake sales, wrapping paper, silent and public auctions – every month there was

Overtime-Redux

The change in minimum wage laws in New York for fast food restaurant workers impacts synagogues, too. Two and a half years ago, I wrote about the change in Federal Labor Laws and how synagogues would be affected. Your synagogue

Not Again….

When our son was 4, he went to a school that was Pre-K to Grade 2. Mrs. Jones sat at a desk greeting all visitors who arrived. She was the kind of woman who put the fear of God into

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

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