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December 04, 1987 - Image 145

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-12-04

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The Peanut Butter Players will present Pinocchio on Dec. 6 in a family
dinner-theater at the Jewish Community Center's Jimmy Prentis Morris
branch. Dinner is at 5 p.m.; performance is at 6 p.m. There is a charge.
For reservations and tickets, call the Center, 967-4030.

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Synagogue Dues
Income Declines

New York — The percentage
of U.S. synagogues' income
derived from membership
dues is 26 points below the
"ideal" of 75 percent, accor-
ding to a biennial study
released by the National
Association of Synagogue
Administrators.
The study, which assessed
synagogues' income, ex-
penses, and compensation,
said the income from
membership dues had declin-
ed by eight percent over the
last six years. "It is clear,"
concluded the report, "that
congregations are not raising
membership dues to keep up
with rising expenses and in-
flation."
At the same time, according
to the report, there has been
a "sharp increase" in the
percentage of income derived
from school fees, suggesting a
"heavier burden" being plac-
ed on younger families.
"One should question," ad-
vised the study, "why
synagogues with under 500
families are spending less on
education, but raising more
income from school fees. This
suggests less across-the-board
congregational subsidization
of Jewish education."
Over the last six years,
education costs have risen by
five percent, while ad-
ministrative and building
maintenance costs have
declined by about four
percent.
For all synagogues, the
average budget in 1986 was
$962,000. For those with over
750 families, the average
budget was $1.2 million; for

those with over 1,250
families, it was $1.6 million.
The average fundraising in-
come for all congregations
was nearly $58,000.
Cantors have attracted the
largest salary increases, "a
direct relation," said the
study, "to their scarcity
relative to available posi-
tions."
Of the professionals
employed, 93 percent of con-
gregations with more than
1,000 families employ at least
two rabbis and 20 percent of
congregations with more
than 750 families employ pro-
gram directors.

Sabbath Ruling
Provokes Fights

Jerusalem (JTA) — The bat-
tle between ultra-Orthodox
and secular Jews over man-
datory enforcement of Sab-
bath observance in Jerusalem
did not end when a local court
ruled that a city ordinance
forbidding the opening of
movie theaters on Friday
nights was invalid. Last Mon-
day, thousands of ultra-
Orthodox Jews disrupted
publicly protested the ruling.
The fight has been taken by
the Orthodox to the Knesset,
the Cabinet and into the
streets. Given the delicate
balance of Israeli coalition
politics, the victory won by
Jerusalem's non-observant
community may be short-
lived.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews dis-
rupted traffic on Jaffa Road,
one of the main arteries of the
capital.

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