By Charles Cohen Last week I had the chance to hear leadership from Temple Beth Am, in Jupiter, Florida, and from Temple Beit HaYam, in Stuart, Florida, share their experiences about switching to a “voluntary contribution” membership model. In this dues structure families and individuals are informed about the membership donation amount that would cover expenses, but are invited to simply pay what they feel they can afford, or what they want … [Read more...] about Abraham’s Tent: How a Voluntary Contribution Model Creates a More Open Synagogue
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By Allison Fine The email from the older congregant read, “I was in the hospital last week, and no one called — even though I didn’t tell anyone I was sick.” This was just one of the litany of complaints by email I received as the new president of my congregation. “Dear Madam President: My parking spot was taken.” “The doors were locked when I arrived for my meeting.” “I didn’t get a timely thank-you note.” “My name was misspelled on a … [Read more...] about The Need for Synagogues to Work With Not At Their Members
By Jacob Kamaras JNS.org What message is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sending to the Jewish community through its recent selection of White House aide and social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed longtime National Director Abraham Foxman? While some are praising ADL for thinking outside the box with its hire and trying to appeal to a younger demographic, others are concerned that Greenblatt is too visibly partisan and that … [Read more...] about What Will ADL’s Priorities Be in a Post-Foxman Era?
By Stefanie Zelkind ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. Alice Walker Gratitude. We learn from an early age that it is important to be grateful, to appreciate what we have - to say thank you. Indeed, a national survey on gratitude found that more than 95 percent of Americans consider it “somewhat” to “very” important for mothers and fathers … [Read more...] about This Thanksgiving, Foster an Attitude of Gratitude
By Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff It’s about the kids. It’s all about the kids. In recent days, Jack Wertheimer and Steven Cohen have offered a salutary reminder that non-Orthodox American Jews are “standing on a demographic precipice.” And backing away from the cliff’s edge, they tell us, will require focusing squarely on the young. According to their prescription, a return to Jewish flourishing will be secured by stressing the importance of day … [Read more...] about The Adult Approach