Jewish Journal

  • Synagogues gear services to young professionals

    By Ryan Torok

    August 31, 2010 | 5:30 pm

    Young professional groups are hoping to draw 20- and 30-something Jews to shul during Rosh Hashanah with offerings that include a game show-style trivia contest, shorter, more musical services and apple martinis.

    Organizers with Valley Ruach, a young professionals group at Adat Ari...

  • Survey indicates Jewish singing spurs Jewish engagement

    by Sue Fishkoff, JTA

    August 31, 2010 | 5:28 pm

    In 2006, Lara Torgovnik, 21, started college at New York University as a vocal performance major.

    She had little Jewish background — at age 8, she chose music school over Hebrew school with permission from her “very secular” parents — but on a whim one day during her...

  • Ask the expert: High Holy Days tickets

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 31, 2010 | 5:26 pm

    Q: My wife and I decided not to buy High Holy Days tickets this year because they’re so expensive. What can we do to mark the holidays at home on our own?

    A: Every year as the High Holy Days approach, people grumble about the price of tickets. And it’s true, at some synagogues...

  • Synagogues seek ways to keep, draw members in time of recession

    by Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Contributing Writer

    August 31, 2010 | 5:17 pm

    Since the recession began two years ago, cutting back has become a way of life. And with the cost of belonging to a synagogue seemingly higher than ever, many Jewish families believe they have to decide whether belonging to a temple is worth the price.

    In response, synagogues have...

  • Economy forces tough dues decisions for congregants, synagogues.

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 2, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    With Rosh Hashanah 5770 fast approaching, the synagogue membership renewal season is in full swing. Throughout the summer months, billing statements with letters explaining dues, fees — and often increases — arrive in congregants’ mailboxes.

    But many congregants affected by...

  • Economic turmoil puts pressure on Jewish community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 24, 2008 | 2:07 am

    The food pantry would not open for another 40 minutes, but already about a dozen people were waiting in the parking lot, many holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the blistering San Fernando Valley sun. Before day's end, more than 100 people, Jews and non-Jews alike, many...
  • ‘Praying without paying’ becomes more common

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When 63-year-old Steven Fruh was growing up in Manhattan, his parents did not belong to a synagogue. "They couldn't afford it," he said.

    At the High Holy Days, they would buy one ticket between them, for the congregation's overflow service in the basement.

    "As a kid, I was very...

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