-A Miami Reform shul has sold time-shares in its Torah: â€œFor a one-time gift of $1,800, donors can sponsor a sectionâ€¦Each year, during the week before that section is read at Shabbat services, donors can keep the torah in their homes – visits that have prompted families to host scripture studies, parades and dinner parties.â€? About 40 of the 52 weeks have been sold. Says Rabbi Mitch Chefitz, who came up with the idea: “When it’s brought into a house, it makes the house more holy.â€? (The Jerusalem Post)
-A look at the high cost of Jewish life, starting with annual family synagogue dues at $2,500. (J.)
-As synagogues are increasingly unable to meet rising costs by raising dues, some have turned to a tiered dues structure with, for example standard dues of $1,550 per family and â€œfour higher dues categories for sustaining membersâ€?. (The Jewish Week)
Pronounced: shuh-BAHT or shah-BAHT, Origin: Hebrew, the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.
Pronounced: shool (oo as in cool), Origin: Yiddish, synagogue.