Q: How can our temple save money on office supplies?
A: As a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), take advantage of URJ negotiated pricing. OfficeMax will give U.S. congregations the lowest verifiable pricing for office supplies; Canadian congregations receive the same benefits through Grand and Toy, OfficeMax’s Canadian subsidiary. In addition, any Reform Jew who belongs to a Union-affiliated congregation can receive these 25–35% savings on all purchases by presenting his/her “Digital Retail Connect” card at an OfficeMax store. Visit http://urj.org/cong/cbs/office/officemax/.
If you need computer supplies, Dell Computer provides Union congregations and their members with the same discounts received by its own employees—up to 12% savings on selected products as well as discounted or free shipping. For copier needs, a Toshiba-URJ partnership offers congregations volume discount pricing and a FedexOffice-URJ arrangement allows for up to a 67% savings on copies; FedexOffice also provides a 15% discount on document services. Go to http://urj.org/cong/cbs/office/.
Q: Can we also save on insurance premiums?
A: Yes. Church Mutual Insurance Company, Felsen Insurance Services, and Frank Crystal & Company offer U.S. Reform congregations competitive, discounted rates on specialized insurance products. Visit http://urj.org/cong/cbs/insurance. (Unfortunately, offering this type of program to Canadian congregations is difficult because of stringent Canadian insurance laws.)
To explore other Union savings programs: www.urj.org/cbs.