Year: 2016

Maybe it is all in the name. When I think of tickets, I think entertainment. Broadway shows like Hamilton and Fiddler on the Roof. Sporting events like the Red Sox games at Fenway, and of course Bill Russell’s Celtics at …

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Are the High Holy Days really ever late or early? This year, they really are later. The Jewish calendar has an extra month this year, Adar II, to help put everything back in sync with the lunar calendar. The Gregorian …

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I was hoping that the Olympics might provide us with a respite as well as a diversion from the Presidential campaign. With the presence of social media and TV cable news channels that broadcast 24/7, I am not so sure. …

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When I was young, Belmont Savings Bank had a “Christmas Club” as a way for young people to save. My parents encouraged me to save $1-$2 each week. By Chanukkah, I would have some money to use to buy presents …

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Isn’t it great when synagogues evolve organically? About 15 years ago, I had a call from the President of a synagogue in Juneau, Alaska. The membership was 50 families. They had a rabbi on the High Holy Days who was …

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I remember a conversation I once had with my dad many years ago. He was paying bills one Sunday evening and I noticed that he was writing a check to the synagogue. This led to a discussion about religion and …

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The oldest Millennials are turning 35 in 2016. There is much that has been written and that will be written in the future about engaging Millennials in synagogue life. Some of my past blogs have addressed Millennials and technology –synagogue …

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I came across some FAQs that were developed from a webinar about the new overtime laws that the Department of Labor recently sponsored for not-for-profit organizations. The bottom line is this: as of 12/1/2016, synagogue full time employees who are …

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Well, according to our synagogue’s by-laws, 72 is the number of members who need to be present at the Annual Congregational Meeting to have a quorum. Not sure where this number even comes from. Maybe it is a percentage of …

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In many situations – most definitely. This past week, the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime regulations have been in the news. Of course, I immediately wondered how this law might impact synagogues. So I did a few things. I …

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