Maintaining the Vitality of Your Synagogue in Difficult Economic Times

synergybannerThese are challenging times to raise support for synagogues and now, more than ever, it is important that efforts be as effective and strategic as possible.

Next Sunday, UJA-Federation of New York’s Wiener Educational Center will present a one-day symposium on fundraising strategies for rabbis, cantors, synagogue leaders, executive directors, and development staff.

Sunday, March 15, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
UJA-Federation of New York
130 East 59th Street
New York City

The full day program features top presenters with a timely program. Just two of the many subjects on tap for the day include:

  • Creating a Culture of Giving in Your Synagogue … Even in Difficult Times: This workshop addresses ways to create a better culture for giving in your congregation. Since members of the Jewish community are perceived as being among the most generous donors, are we giving to our capacity, even in these times? How does your congregation highlight the importance and meaning of synagogue life to members? Who has the responsibility for addressing the culture of giving? (Robert I. Evans, Founder and Managing Director, The EHL Consulting Group)
  • Maximizing Your Synagogue’s Online Fundraising Capability: Help your synagogue use its website and other social media to tell its story, make its case, and encourage online giving. Explore options for accepting online contributions, and learn how such social media as Facebook and Twitter can help build relationships with members and bring in additional funds. During this lecture/demonstration, you’ll hear from Lisa Colton, a consultant in Internet strategy for Jewish organizations, including more than 100 synagogues, with whom she consults. (Lisa Colton, Founder and President, Darim Online)

Here’s the complete program along with information needed to register (don’t delay – the deadline was Friday).