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Synagogue Dues

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Published: August 19, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 33

(27) Miriam, September 27, 2012 5:36 PM

Cant afford

My husband fell away from his shul when his mother died and they expected to pay two memberships, one for himself and one for his brother who was developmentally disabled. Over the years we talked about going back, now that his brother has passed, but the 2 to 3 thousand dollars a year for a memebership we can't afford. My husband needs to reconnect with his faith, and I cannot believe that G*d wants this seperation from his people. We are called on to look out for the poor and the widows, but if they cannot even be members of the shul how can we take care of them (out of sight is out of mind).

(26) Yisroel, September 22, 2012 10:43 AM

Turned me off Judaism for years and still does

#1 Years ago I went to High Holiday services at the synagogue where my wife was teaching Hebrew school. Right in the middle of Rosh Hashana services, the president started a reverse auction "Dr. Schmelowitz and his wife have donated $10,000, are there others who like to match their donation". On it went, down to the level of Chai. I left services, disgusted to be part of race/religion that embraces this activity. To this day, I carry the image and the disgust of that event with me. #2 Years later with pre-purhased tickets to another synagogue, I walked in the main door a few minutes after services had started. As I approached the sanctuary doors, the usher didn't say "Welcome" or "Hello" or "Shana Tova", but "Where's your ticket". If I could have done so without consequence, I would have decked the old geezer And synagogues wonder why membership is on the decline and no one wants to come to shul

(25) Anonymous, August 26, 2012 4:40 AM

Dues yes, High Holy Days no

My small synagogue asks for yearly membership dues, but it doesn't require "tickets" for the High Holy Days. It isn't right to deny someone the right to attend synagogue on the holiest days of the year, nor is it right to ask someone to pay a lot of money to celebrate the New Year or to atone for sins. Dues are okay; tickets for holidays are not.

(24) Anonymous, August 26, 2012 3:16 AM

Our world needs the prayers

I am thankful Chabad does not charge a fee to attend High Holy Days. I pray no one is turned away from any shul because they can not pay to attend or because they are ashamed to say they can not afford to pay. May all be able to pray together. Our world needs these prayers.

(23) Judith, August 25, 2012 7:09 PM

I dislike when they charge the same fee for a a full family (with a man / men who get alyiot and every possible cavod potentially three times a week or more) and single women, who even if thy showed up every single shabbat do not get a tenth of what men can. In Israel you can find different prices for different amount of people in the family buy it's still the same for both genders...

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