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Diversify Income

I always feel an obligation to attend my synagogue’s annual meeting. We have been a part of the Temple Ner Tamid community for more than 20 years. And I admit that I often write about stuff that I observe through

Evolving Technology: Processing Payments

9/11 was the catalyst for online contributions. In the days following this tragedy, many organizations set up emergency funds to help those in need. This was the first time that not-for-profits used email as the primary distribution method to reach

Weddings Today: The Venue Is Key

This past weekend, we attended the wedding celebration of the son of good friends in Boston. Purely by coincidence, he married the daughter of someone with whom I have worked with for many years. There are lots of coincidences with

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

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