Category: News

Looking For Community

So we just moved. Thus, the reason there was no blog last week. Apologies to anyone who was looking for it. It was kind of a crazy week. We have lived in the same house for 30 years. So many

Saying Goodbye – And Thank You!!

I am often reminded of stories my dad shared with me. My parents were typical of those who were born during the Depression and were a part of “the Greatest Generation”, and who came of age during World War II.

Passover Is Over: What’s Next?

I used to measure big events in life in 8-week blocks. Back when I was going to summer camp, most of us went for the entire summer. Camp was 8 weeks. Tuition was like $800 that to most parents seemed

Response to “Does Your Synagogue Practice Financial Transparency”

John Humleker, the Executive Director of Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis, wrote the email below to me regarding financial transparency. Check out the link he included which highlights the action plan of the Shir Tikvah leadership regarding their dues/annual commitment model.

Church Challenges Redux

As a kid, for some reason I thought that, like Christmas, Easter was always on the same Sunday in April each year. The Jewish calendar was different from the regular calendar. And that because we were the Chosen People, our

Does Your Synagogue Practice Financial Transparency?

Technology has made financial transparency for not-for-profit organizations, and even business entities, a whole lot easier. Many not-for profits that want a good rating from Guidestar (a not for profit organization whose mission is to compile and disseminate information on

Challenges for Churches: Sound Familiar?

A few years ago, a friend became a Unitarian minister as a second career. He had worked in media for many years and a reorganization forced upon him the attitude that “I am up for a change.” So he went

Government Funds: Opportunity or Challenge

Would your synagogue accept government funding? There certainly are a number of opportunities for this. The first that comes to mind is of course security. Last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded $13 million to not-for-profit and religious

Local Services: Paying For Them In The Future

I have often come out from an evening meeting at our synagogue to find a policeman sitting in his patrol car. A fellow congregant who is also a local attorney once told me that Bloomfield Police officers have been asked

Budget Season

It is budget time. And I came across an article recently regarding expenses for churches and the priorities of church leadership. I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about metrics. So today’s blog continues that conversation. Last April, Christianity