Kehilla Operations, Finance, and Dues
Welcome to the Operations, Finance, and Dues page - a clearinghouse for all kinds of information, helpful advice, and resources. We will be holding webinars and training throughout the year; if you have a specific topic in mind for a training, please contact Barry Mael.
Join the conversation at the USCJ Membership Discussion List.
Sacred Communities and Financial $ustainability Webinars
Webinar #1 - "What Do Dues Have to Do With It?"
February 6, 2013 - 12 PM EST
February 6, 2013 - 3 PM EST
Download the PowerPoint here.
From eJewishPhilanthropy (by Barry Mael): "Can Synagogues Live By Dues Alone?"
From the Washington Jewish Week: "It's time for a change to synagogue dues"
From Freakonomics: "Synagogues vs. Churches: Voluntary Donations vs. Dues"
From the Synagogue Strategies Group: "Synagogue Dues: Can't It Be More Personal?"
From UJA's SYNERGY project: "American Synagogues and Money: Lessons From History"
From Sh'ma: "The 75 Percent"
From the Detroit Jewish News: "From the Heart"
From j., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California: "Dues and Don'ts"
From URJ: "Engaging Young Adults Without Breaking Their Bank"
From URJ: "Let Us Eliminate Synagogue Dues"
From the New York Jewish Week: "Mushroom Synagogues"
From eJewish Philanthropy: "Scrapping Synagogue Dues: A Case Study"
From JewishBoston.com's Ask a Rabbi: "I feel like synagogue membership is for the rich..." (a response to the above article)
From Kesef Accounting: "If it's Hanukkah, it must be parsonage time again..."
From Sh'ma: "Synagogue Membership: What's the Deal?"
By Jack Wertheimer: The American Synagogue - Recent Trends and Issues
From the New York Jewish Week: "Are Synagogues Still Relevant?"
From eJewish Philanthropy: "What One Chabad Rabbi Can Teach Synagogues About Money"
From eJewish Philanthropy: "Our Challenge: The Under-Demand for Jewish Life"
From USA Today: "Millennials at worship services are few but passionate"
From the Jewish Daily Forward: "Back to Shul: Innovate To Beat the Synagogue Slump"
From j., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California: "Are you a ‘freemium’ or premium synagogue user?"
From the Washington Jewish Week: "B'nai Israel to adopt new dues policy"
Fair Share Dues - Samples and Information
Beth Israel (Ann Arbor, MI)
Beth Yeshurun (Houston, TX)
Moses Montefiore Synagogue (Appleton, WI)
Kesher Zion (Reading, PA)
Agudas Achim (Iowa City, IA)
Beth El (Omaha, NE)
Temple Sinai (Marblehead, MA)
Tifereth Israel (Columbus, OH)
Membership Models and Examples
Temple Emanuel (Newton Centre, MA) - membership brochure and application
B'nai Torah (Boca Raton, FL) - membership brochure and information form
Adath Jeshurun (Minnetonka, MN) - membership information and application
Congregation Beth Sholom (Teaneck, NJ) - membership structure and application
Temple Beth Hillel - Beth El (Wynnewood, PA) - membership brochure and payment form
Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Louisville, KY) - membership information and application
Brith Shalom (Bellaire, TX) - membership information and application
USCJ Articles and Resources
From Rabbi Dan Judson:
History of Synagogues and Money Voluntary Dues and Synagogues
From Rick Edelman, Financial Planner:
Charitable Giving - Planned Giving
Demystifying Planned Giving (from the Rabbinical Assembly):
From WPLG Channel 10 Florida:
From the TV News Workshop at the School of Journalism, University of King's College, Halifax NS Canada:
From Mark Sanborn:
How to Provide Extraordinary Customer Service
Planned Giving Resources
Planned Giving Samples
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid (Milwaukee, WI)
Sinai Temple (Los Angeles, CA)
Temple Ner Tamid (Peabody, MA)
Ohev Shalom (Richboro, PA)
Temple Israel (Portsmouth, NH)
Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA)
B'nai Shalom (West Orange, NJ)
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center (Aventura, FL)
From UJA-Federation of New York's Synergy Program: "Effective, Mission-Oriented Synagogue Mergers"
From jbuff.com (Jewish Buffalo on the web): The Synagogue Merger
From Shaare Zedek in St. Louis: Merger FAQ's
From the New Jersey Jewish Standard: "When a Synagogue Closes its Doors, What Happens to its Windows?"
From the New York Times: "Synagogues Are Merging, Delicately, as Jews Move"
From the New York Post: "Mergers emerging as options for struggling synagogues"
From the New York Jewish Week: "The New Business of NY Shuls: Synagogue Mergers"
From j., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California: "Dueling Identities: Conservative-Reform synagogue mergers can be a thorny prospect"
From the Saint Louis Jewish Light: "Mergers and splits among local congregations are nothing new"
From the Wall Street Journal: Synagogue-Hopping with Generation Y
From the Huffington Post: Three Ways Synagogues Can Learn From Churches
From eJewish Philanthropy: Financial Stability by Eliminating Fund-Raising
From Great Leadership: 25 Coaching Questions to Create your 2013 Leadership Development Plan
From Rabbi Alex Greenbaum (Beth El of the South Hills; Pittsburgh, PA): Engaging Synagogue
From Blanchard LeaderChat: Behaviors Speak Louder Than Words
From UJA-Federation of New York's SYNERGY project: Vision and Data: Essential Building Blocks for Successful Synagogue Change
From Measuring Success, LLC: Presentations from the 2013 NAASE Convention
Meet our Director of Kehilla Operations and Finance!
Barry S. Mael is the Director of Kehilla Operations and Finance for United Synagogue, who brings more than 30 years of experience in the Jewish non-profit world to his role. A graduate of Yeshiva University (BA, Economics), he holds a Master’s of Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Barry worked in the JCC world from 1982 to 1997, and was a synagogue executive director from 1997-2002. He came to USCJ in 2002 as the director of the New Jersey Region. Since 2006, Barry has been serving USCJ on the international stage. A vocal sports fan (there’s always next year, Red Sox!), Barry lives in Highland Park, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter.
To hear more from Barry, follow him on Twitter @barrycdrmo.
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