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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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Tickets Redux

Somehow my family always sits towards the back on the High Holy Days. And we usually arrive a few minutes before the start of Worship. We sit on the least comfortable of the 3 types of chairs. This year, I

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Where Should All The Past Presidents Go?

A vacation, of course! At least the immediate Past President, anyway. After two or three years of countless questions via email and telephone calls, board meetings, staff meetings, and basically worrying about everything pertaining to the synagogue, what comes next

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 Not A Fellini Film…

Charlottesville. North Korea. Afghanistan. The Eclipse. The past couple of weeks have been kind of crazy. Perhaps it is fortuitous that the Eclipse and its path of totality across a swath of the United States happened at the time it

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Are You Ready?

The last day of summer camp always was the marking point for the end of summer. Of course, there was that 10 days between the end of camp and Labor Day. This was taken up by camp reunions at Red

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Prudent Investing

A longtime congregant passes away and leaves your synagogue $500,000. Death is always sad. But the bequest is a good thing, right? But what if there were stipulations in the legal documents that specified how the funds were to be

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Importance of “Being”

Measurement is a big part of our lives. How tall are you? How much do you weigh? What were your grades in school or your GPA in college? Or even your SAT scores? As adults, measuring continues. The number of

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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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