Gary D. Shapiro


Money, Money, Money… it isn’t always about money, not something normally said by a Treasurer of a Synagogue.  Most of you would be surprised to hear that our Finance Committee spends more time discussing programming, membership and alternative revenue sources than it does our day to day finances.  Our revenue is membership driven and accounts for approximately 90% of our total revenue.  Most of our expenses are fixed salaries with the only variable being our building maintenance and repairs. Thus, the finance committee does not have much control over annual performance.

As a Congregation, we should be very proud of our solid finances and the wonderful physical state of the Synagogue building.  We have managed to raise new capital to finance building upgrades, repairs and enhancements, while at the same time growing our endowment fund. That being said, it does not mean that money isn’t required. Money keeps the Synagogue running daily and assures the long-term existence of the Shaare Zion. 

We believe that if we run top-notch programming in a warm and inviting atmosphere, the membership and revenue will follow.  We also believe that a satisfied and proud congregation will lead to more donations and gifts.

It is up to all of us to support our Synagogue on an annual basis as the Shaare Zion Synagogue is always there for us when we need it.

Wishing you all a healthy and Happy New Year!