interview with Shawn Landres. The first comprehensive study of the giving habits of American Jews suggests new ways of approaching Jewish philanthropy. Summer 2014.
interview with Dan Judson. Several Reform congregations are experimenting with a “free will” system whereby members pay what they wish. What can we learn from this radical rethinking of dues? Article explores the reasons congregations are introducing new dues systems, how congregations transitioned into the “free will” system, member and bottom-line benefits reported by a variety of different congregations, commonalities in congregations with successful “free will” systems, and other models of synagogue financing. Sidebar reports on the URJ’s Reimagining Financial Support Community of Practice and its Active Learning Network. Spring 2014.
Michael L. Feshbach. Making the case for and introducing new verbiage for the words “membership” and “dues” in the Reform Movement in order to build more connected and holy communities. Fall 2013.
Julie Schwartz. Reform congregations of different sizes have enacted greening initiatives, re-conceptualized their energy usage, and developed space-sharing arrangements with other denominations, all resulting in significant cost reductions. Here’s how to follow their example. Spring 2013.
Mark Jacobson, Judy Buckman. Two temple executive directors present differing perspectives on this issue based on such concerns as “sound business principles” and “the very mention of dues leaving a negative impression.” Winter 2011.
What Reform Judaism readers say about how to boost synagogue membership, ensure our economic vitality, and secure the Reform Jewish future in North America. Grassroots responses to the crucial congregational issues of our times. Covers such issues as accessibility and inclusion, being a caring community, finances, temple management, membership, transformation, and welcoming. Winter 2011.
A symposium with Shirley Gordon, Judi Ratner, Peter Rubinstein, David Wolfman. Time-tested advice on handling three fictional congregational conflict scenarios, including when a temple board decides to merge with a larger congregation because of financial difficulties. Summer 2011.
Jane E. Herman. Time-tested techniques to maximize temple fundraising campaigns. Includes congregational best practices and advice from a variety of synagogue fundraising consultants. Spring 2011.
The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University have teamed up to transform TTTI's historic synagogue and museum facility into the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel. Part of What Works: Ideas & Initiatives column. Fall 2010.
Debby Waldman. How Reform congregations turned national and local grants into innovative temple programming; includes grant resources. Summer 2010.
Advice from URJ architectural expert Judith Erger on how to remain in an outdated synagogue building and still save funds. Summer 2010.
Advice from URJ finance expert David Katowitz regarding saving money on office supplies and insurance premiums. Winter 2009.
Marge Eisner. The ins and outs of sharing facilities, congregational mergers, consolidations, and other cost-saving options. Fall 2009.