Year: 2018

The change in minimum wage laws in New York for fast food restaurant workers impacts synagogues, too. Two and a half years ago, I wrote about the change in Federal Labor Laws and how synagogues would be affected. Your synagogue …

Overtime-Redux Read More »

When our son was 4, he went to a school that was Pre-K to Grade 2. Mrs. Jones sat at a desk greeting all visitors who arrived. She was the kind of woman who put the fear of God into …

Not Again…. Read More »

Do people support the synagogue financially because it is advantageous in terms of taxes? I doubt it is the first thing people think about when considering becoming a part of a synagogue community. Even when the first invoice comes for …

Tax Benefits? Read More »

I admit it. I am an avid user of Facebook. Perhaps 2-3 times a day. I catch up on my children and their posts – although I sometimes think that they don’t share all of their posts with me. Friends …

High Holy Day Appeal:Facebook Read More »

The big envelope comes from the synagogue with the sticker on the front “High Holy Day Information inside”. It sits on Larry David’s desk for a couple of weeks and the day has come when he needs to decide what …

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” Read More »

My cousin Rob is an Optometrist. As a “side job”, he is an amazing woodworker and makes an assortment of wooden bowls of different sizes, usually from trees that have come down from snow and rain storms. Every year, Rob …

Events: Fun or Funds? Read More »

A few years ago, we moved. “Downsized and modernized” was my mantra. We lived on a small block with a lot of activities – annual Labor Day Block party, December holiday gatherings. There was even a communal snow blower. Picture …

What Are We Looking For? Read More »

My doctor’s office is filled with signs as to the “Do’s and Don’ts”. And it often seems more are about the “Don’ts”. “If you need a referral, we need at least One week”. “You need to provide your co-pay at …

Words and Tone Matter Read More »

Many of us have the annual debate: whether the High Holy Days are early or late this year. If Rosh Hashanah falls soon after Labor Day – as it does this year on September 9th – pundits comment that the …

High Holy Days: It’s an Opportunity Read More »

The best synagogue campaigns are when the rabbi is actively involved in all aspects. Helping to write the case for giving and vision statement, Prospect identification, creating strategies for engagement, and soliciting. We often think of rabbis as the “Chief …

Ask Rabbi, Ask!!! Read More »