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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Steven C. Wernick
At one point in its history, the century-old United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was perhaps the largest and most prominent Jewish organization in the United States, claiming as many as 1.5 million members. Today, its approximately 850 congregations have dwindled to 630 in all of North America, and a recent spate of articles in Jewish-oriented media noted the United Synagogue dipped into $5.7 million of reserve funds to finance expansion projects, a move some deemed unwise.
Because it's supplemental, Mr. Wernick said, "It's part time, [and] all sorts of issues of competition for people's time — sports, drama, double-working families, the 'schlepping factor' — exist in a context with expectations that perhaps, at one point in time, worked."