The Role of the Rabbi in the Fiscal Health of His Congregation

By Haskel Lookstein

KTAV Publishing House, Inc., Yeshiva University Press, October 2009

Lookstein, who has raised more than $30 million for the annual synagogue appeal for Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and the Upper Schools of Ramaz, discusses the role of the rabbi, educator, and Jewish communal professional in the fiscal health of their institutions, particularly fundraising. His argument begins with a theoretical basis for the rabbi serving as a leader in charitable fundraising and disbursements and moves to discuss different models of rabbinic functioning and their relation to fundraising. He also includes his father's model--why and how it works--and a practical plan for an annual synagogue appeal based on his own methods.

Topic: Tzedakah (Charity), Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Sectarianism, Charitable Giving, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Clergy

Name of Publication: Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy

Editor: Hirt, Robert S. , Prager, Yossi

Page Number(s): 321-334

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISBN 978-1-60280-137-0

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Lookstein, Haskel. The Role of the Rabbi in the Fiscal Health of His Congregation. Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy. KTAV Publishing House, Inc.,Yeshiva University Press. October 2009: 321-334.


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