The Synagogue Council is proud to support the efforts of our member congregations and minyanim. Working with lay leaders and professional staff, SCM offers seminars and trainings, cost-savings measures, consultation and support on a multitude of topics. If we don't have the expertise or resources in-house, we are sure to steer you in the right direction. Some of these important resources are offered on this page or in the gold box to the left. Or feel free to contact us directly.
"Increasing Digital Intelligence in the Jewish World"
Use this information to help understand who your current and prospective members and donors are, what they value, use, etc.
- Adobe's Digital Trends 2015 with a focus on the customer experience when interacting with your digital presence.
- eJewishPhilanthropy's synopsis of the Pew Research Center study of Facebook's use compared to other social media platforms.
- UJA-Federation of Greater New York City's SYNERGY report on "Are Voluntary Dues Right for Your Synagogue?"
- Social Media Map 2014 from OverDri>e Interactive
OUR MATSA is not unleavened bread
MATSA's schedule for 2014 (for members only):Thursday, February 5 – HR Hot Topics Presentation
Tuesday, March 24 – Joint meeting with Reform Synagogoe RSDP on Planned Giving
Wednesday, April 29 – OPEN meeting (topic TBD)
IS YOUR SYNAGOGUE SECURE?
Security and emergency preparedness planning is the “albatross” of many synagogues and communities. This nagging burden is frequently pushed aside due to its perceived complexity and emotional overtones. Often forgotten is the reality that emergency planning is not just about “bad guys with guns”, but also affects situations such as responding to medical emergencies, issues around child custody disputes, domestic and/or workplace violence, and weather or environmental disasters.
Part of the complexity of crisis planning in synagogues is due to the different groups people who are involved, whose input is important. The planning process involves both the professional staff and the lay leadership: The executive director (or administrator), clergy, education director, and facilities / maintenance all have important contributions and roles in the planning and the crisis management. The lay leadership – President, building committee, education committee, and others – have an important role through providing input on community culture and expectations, as well as the process of rolling out the plans and encouraging “buy-in” by the community.
Crisis situations (regardless of the cause) amplify the intensity of any flaw or weakness in an organization: if there is a problem, it will become apparent in the assessment, planning, or execution of the crisis response. The reason for this is that crisis affects us internally and also in the way we interact and communicate with others. Additionally, it tends to expose the limitations of the infrastructure (facilities and technology) that we are using.
Ultimately, the fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Directors of the synagogue includes making sure that there are adequate and effective policies and procedures in place to protect the facility, staff, and community.
Here are a few important resources to support your congregation in developing a comprehensive security plan.
Securing Your Synagogue – Beyond Guards
Security and Preparedness Resources
Articles about Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits from Mersky, Jaffe & Associates is a free resource for congregations and other nonprofits. Click on the appropriate category (below) for multiple articles on a variety of topics: