In today’s HaShavuah newsletter, I opened a discussion about the impact of the tough economy on synagogue membership. Many are not able to afford dues and are dropping out. Synagogues are seeing fewer people signing up and, of course, lower dues revenue. As community members we want to support our institutions, and synagogues want to be available to those who are seeking.
The situation made me think about how these two co-dependent entities – synagogues and members – can work together to help each other out.
So I asked 2 questions. Assume that shul dues average about $1800 a year:
For those who cannot afford synagogue dues, would you join if membership was offered, just for this year, for half the regular amount?
For those who can afford more, would you be willing to pay, just for this year, 50% more, or double the regular membership, in order to support the shul and struggling families?
If you’re in neither category but want to share your thoughts, please feel free to do so.
Shortly (once I get permission) I’ll post some of the responses I received.