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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 And another 9% have a will, but it is out-of-date.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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Sad

We can all agree that the closing of a synagogue for any reason is just sad. Changing demographics and economics throughout North America have contributed to the closing of both synagogues and churches since the turn of this century. Synagogues

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Bazar Bazaar

Concerts. Deli Night. Art Auctions. Casino Night. Bingo. These are just some of the fundraising event ideas that have become a staple for several synagogues, and local community organizations across North America. And there was the annual bazaar at the

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Prayer Breakfast – Really?

Two weeks ago, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump stated he would “destroy” the Johnson Amendment. As a Senator in the 1950s, LBJ wrote legislation that when passed, was attached to the IRS regulations that impact not-for-profit organizations

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Speaking Out! (Rabbis, too!)

Peace in the Middle East. Women praying and reading Torah at the Western Wall. Voting Rights. The Affordable Care Act. The ban on residents of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next

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7 Financial Challenges for Synagogues

The synagogue has a lot of debt. Synagogues undertaking a capital campaign to renovate, expand, or buy a piece of property and build a new synagogue is a good thing. Assuming debt and taking on a mortgage, not so much.

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