It’s no secret that being an active participant in Jewish life can be expensive. Synagogue dues, High Holiday tickets, Hebrew school and bar or bat mitzvah lessons all add up, giving some families reason to pause and ask themselves what it is exactly they are paying for. Based on theses kinds of numbers, is it any wonder membership is down while the number of unaffiliated families is rising?
But perhaps cost isn’t the only culprit. A new survey conducted among six New York area synagogues uncovered another possible reason for the shrinking memberships. It’s not that cost is too high – it’s that people don’t know what they are paying for.