Ah, the ask…

Posted by: Sue Blanco - President on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

My favorite thing to do on a Sunday evening is to grab my knitting and watch the “The Good
Wife” on TV with my husband. Fellow member of the tribe, Julianna Margulies is wonderful as
Alicia Florrick (not a member of the tribe), a disgraced politician's wife turned successful
lawyer. This season, Alicia herself is running for elected office and apparently has a lot to
learn. At one point, she tells her campaign manager Eli Gold (in this case non tribe member
Alan Cumming playing a tribe member) that she hates asking people for things. “Alicia” he
tells her, “politics is ALL about asking people for things.” Hmm, I thought, the same thing can
be said about being temple president.

Like Alicia, I was not totally comfortable about asking for things before taking on the
presidency. But I knew I couldn’t do it all by myself (nor would any of you want me to.) So if
leading this community and moving us forward with all the good things that we do, meant that
I would need to do some asking, I would have to get over myself and do it whether it be for
help, money or both.

The reality of our synagogue’s finances is that the dues we charge do not cover our entire
budget. This occurs for a number of reasons. In the current model we follow for setting dues,
we set an average price that we feel most members will be comfortable paying. Of course as
a spiritual community we do not turn away members based on the ability to pay; for those who
can substantiate the need, we will work you to set a level and schedule to meet your dues

And now here comes the ask. While we don’t want to turn anyone away because of ability to
pay, we do need to ask those of you who can afford more to help us subsidize those who can
not. This will ensure that we can meet our financial obligations and continue the services and
programs that we all have come to enjoy. So as the end of the year approaches, I hope that
those of you who can afford it will consider some of the donation opportunities we have
outlined in this month’s bulletin. And while this is not meant as tax advice, your donations,
along with your membership dues are all tax deductible.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at president@tbaynj.org.


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