An interesting article and I had a similar affection a synagogue my grandfather helped build in Cincinnati. The congregation moved to the suburbs and it's now a church. And I've realized my feelings were nostalgia, a longing for the way things used to be, not the reality of how things are.
To the author I'd ask, "What about all the days, months, and years between your visits to your grandfather's shul? Do your feelings of connection sustain that community when you're not reminiscing about your grandfather?" Rhetorical, they don't. So while memory is an important part of our tradition, physical structures aren't. ... See MoreSee Less
This initiative, and others surely to come, will challenge synagogues to adapt. Better get ready!
"Recently, a potential partner told me that they were afraid of losing members to those with whom they might collaborate. Although I completely understand this fear of losing members and, potentially, dues revenue to other Jewish institutions, this fear is rooted in a scarcity mentality that there is not enough of the pie to go around and we must protect our slice." ... See MoreSee Less
Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell is implementing a new dues model it is calling Heshbon Lev (giving of the heart) that calls for members to pay what they believe membership is worth to them, Treasurer Pam Kuperstein said. “What is the value you get from us?” she said. Heshbov Lev, which germinate...