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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.
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Sacred Communities and Financial $ustainability Webinars

Register Now for Upcoming Webinars!

Webinar #1 - "What Do Dues Have to Do With It?"
February 6, 2013 - 12 PM EST
Download the PowerPoint here.

Webinar #2 - "One Kehilla's Story"
       February 14, 2013 - 12 PM EST
Download the PowerPoint here.

Webinar #3 - "Community Circle Commitment Model"
March 20, 2013 - 1 PM EDT Download the PowerPoint here.
Webinar #4 - "The Ten Commandments of Effective Budgeting and Fiscal Controls"
May 21, 2013 - 1 PM EDT
Download the PowerPoint here.

Getting Organized to Get Connected 
April 9, 2014
Download the PowerPoint here.

Membership Listserv Town Hall - "Don't Forget to Say Thank You"
May 15, 2014 - 1 PM EDT

"Choosing the Sustaining Dues Model: Three Case Studies"
June 23, 2014 - 1 PM EDT
Download the PowerPoint here.

Membership Listserv Town Hall - "Kol Nidre Appeal"
August 6, 2014 - 1 PM EDT
Download the PowerPoint here.
Download the results of the synagogue bulletin survey here.

"The ABCs of Synagogue Insurance"
October 23, 2014 - 1 PM EDT
Download the PowerPoint here.

Enhancing Your Budget Committee Process
January 15, 2015 - 1 PM EST
Download the PowerPoint here. Secure Community Network February 3, 2015 - 2 PM EST Download the PowerPoint here.

USCJ Articles and Resources

The Scroll of Gratitude
10 Tips for a Successful High Holiday Campaign
"The Parsonage Primer"
"Dues Do's and Don'ts"
10 Tips for Marketing
After the Hagim
A Board Member's Guide to Membership
End-of-December Congregational Checklist
End-of-Program-Year Congregational Checklist
Best Practices: Synagogue Auxiliary Finances

Other Resources

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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