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Summer

Is there ever a slow time for synagogues? There are certainly intense times of activity around the various holidays – especially the High Holy Days, Hanukkah, and Pesach. And there seems to be a natural finality, or break, with the

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“Bread & Torah”

Years ago, it was pew fees that was the funding mechanism of synagogues. Where one sat at the High Holy Days was the determinant as to how much you were to contribute to your synagogue. The closer you sat to

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Website Strategy

Communication today is so immediate. An email, a tweet, a Facebook post – write it, hit send or return and you have reached your target audience. Of course they have to open it and read it. And there are also

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Income: Out of The Box Thinking

I am often asked about non-traditional ways that synagogues can generate income. Beyond dues and more traditional fundraising efforts like the High Holy Day Appeal or even a Gala. And “beyond the Bake Sale” thinking that I attribute to such

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Fistfight or Celebration

I love telling this story about an annual congregational meeting. At the first one I ever attended more than 20 years ago, my friend Lanny Katz, who was the synagogue’s president at the time, prevented a fistfight from occurring. I

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Be In The Last Will

How many Wills will you have during your lifetime? Well, according to one recent survey by USLegalWills.com, 63% of all Americans, adults 18 and up, have no will at all. And another 9% have a will, but it is out-of-date.

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Tax Changes-Maybe

Do you think the proposed changes to the tax law will affect contributions – and dues/annual commitments – to synagogues? Probably not. In 2016, U.S. taxpayers earning between $50,000 and $75,000 in Adjusted Gross Income (“AGI”) averaged $2,970 in charitable

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13 Questions About Synagogue Finance*

Most synagogue leaders are immersed in budget preparation for next year. For others, this process is just a few months away and will be here before you know it. And too often, the budgeting process is simply to add funds

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Discretionary Funds

Maybe it is something in the water, or because it is Spring. I have been asked a few questions recently about the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund. One synagogue leader inquired about auditing his synagogue’s discretionary fund. Their rabbi had been at

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Just Care

Engagement. Relational Judaism. Mission and Vision. Welcoming. Theory of Social Change. Metrics. Social Media. These are but a few of the buzz words of synagogue life – that is stuff that thought leaders talk and write about a lot. And

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