Why Shul is like a Gym

By Simon Rocker
June 21, 2010

The other day I went to a meeting about alternative and itinerant minyans that been springing up here over the last few years.
Their hallmark is DIY enthusiasm and volunteerism.
In contrast, established synagogues maintain a professional infrastructure, financed by congregational dues.
As Rabbi Jeremy Gordon of the New London Synagogue observed, shuls are rather like a gym: 100 per cent of the members pay for them, maybe 20 per cent use it monthly and five per cent on a weekly basis…
But is that shul model going to be sustainable over the future?



Wed, 06/23/2010 - 20:09

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and what percentage just go for the kiddush?

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Thu, 06/24/2010 - 10:17

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Kiddush? It's just the cherry on the biscuit


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