The 75 Percent

By Ari Y. Kelman

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, October 2012

Of the synagogue members paying dues, only 25 percent partake in services like worship, study, or school. Synagogues need the 75 percent who do not consistently participate to do exactly that. Kelman argues that this contradiction is at the heart of Jewish communal life in the United States. The author divulges some experimental methods of the dues-for-membership model but, nevertheless, ends by questioning the significance of a Jewish institution which relies on payment but not participation.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Membership, Salary, Engagement, Compensation, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.43/No.693

Page Number(s): 1-2

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Identifier: issn:0049-0385

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kelman, Ari Y. The 75 Percent. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. October 2012: 1-2.


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