Year: 2017

Our various newsfeeds these past few months have been dominated by the reports of sexual harassment and assault. In business, in media and in politics. We wake up each day in anticipation of what the news will bring. Who else …

#MeToo: Everyone Needs to Speak Up!! Read More »

#CyberMonday to #GivingTuesday – lots of time on our computers or phones! It will be interesting to see the results from #GivingTuesday for 2018. I am amazed by past results. Last year, more than 40,000 not-for-profit organizations and houses of …

#GivingTuesday and My Email Mailbox Read More »

Thanksgiving is in just 9 days. We take a break from the typical hustle bustle of life and experience enjoyable times with family and friends and of course good food – and lots of it. And then on Friday morning, …

5 Ideas for End-of-Year Fundraising and Cash Read More »

If you needed to raise the dues level for next year’s budget, what do you think? Jane, the president of a synagogue in a Midwestern university town called me recently. Besides Hillel, Jane’s synagogue is the only game in town. …

Dues: How Much Of An Increase? Read More »

Facebook posts tell a sad story of synagogue life. On Friday, Rabbi Barry Lutz posted his Facebook page that he can be reached at his Gmail address. That spurred my curiosity that something was wrong. Barry had been at Temple …

Facebook: The Place For Synagogue News Read More »

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 …

Parsonage Under Fire Read More »

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 …

Tickets Redux Read More »

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 …

Where Should All The Past Presidents Go? Read More »

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 …

 Not A Fellini Film… Read More »

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 …

Are You Ready? Read More »