Torah on Tap: Dues or Don’t

May 26, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Archetype Brewing
174 Broadway St
Asheville, NC 28801
Torah on Tap: Dues or Don't @ Archetype Brewing | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Last month’s ToT session seemed to leave us feeling like the discussion, Judaism’s Future, was not complete. Then again, is anything really ever finished or is everything a continual evolution? (Rhetorical question.) So this month, we take a deeper dive into one aspect of  reimagining Judaism and, more specifically, the viability of the traditional synagogue model. On the table is the question: “What should be the cost of belonging?”

The unpleasant reality is that it takes money to run any organization – synagogues especially. But should a congregant’s financial obligation be compulsory, part of a larger binding contract (pay to pray) with the synagogue? Or did Exodus (35:5) suggest something different when it said: “Take from among you gifts to the Lord, everyone whose heart so moves him?”

Or to put it more simpply: do we really catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar?

During this month’s meet-up, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the traditional synagogue dues model, the concept of voluntary gifts that is gaining popularity, as well as the Fair Share system and any others we can thnk of. At the heart of the issue are two central questions:

  • What is the right thing to do
  • Which model provides the greatest chance of success?

It is assumed that most are familiar with the traditional dues system. Far fewer are aware of the model of voluntary gifts. For more information, feel free to take a look at the latest study from the New York City Jewish Federation, you can find it here.

Torah on Tap gives us a chance to learn, vent, share and, most of all, understand what 4,000 years of cultural development, debate and dialogue has to say about some of the issues that confront us today. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged.

In addition to drinks, Archetype also offers small, locally-made bites available for purchase, including Poppy Popcorn, Asheville Pretzel Company pretzels, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm meat sticks. Plenty of parking in the rear.

See you there!

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