New Membership & Financial Alternatives for the American Synagogue: From Traditional Dues to Fair Share to Gifts from the Heart
Open wide your mind—and your community—to fresh concepts of synagogue financial and spiritual success.
"[A] welcome addition.... Replete with examples of synagogues, independent minyanim and spiritual communities that have developed creative and sometimes surprising strategies ... that ameliorate what many observers believe are obstacles to recruiting and engaging Jews into their spiritual communities."
—from the Foreword by Dr. Ron Wolfson
The concept of the "dues-based membership model" in synagogues was once an innovation. Now that model is in decline and sweeping change is required in order to reverse the downward trend in synagogue participation. This groundbreaking book provides synagogue and communal leaders with a useful process and the ingredients necessary to consider important changes in the synagogue, including:
- Thoughtful new models for membership and synagogue finance
- Examples from successful synagogues, bolstered by illustrations from the private sector
- Practical steps for change and implementation
With checklists for exploring and adopting alternative models from nationally recognized congregational consultant Debbie Joseph.