Regarding the article, “Synagogue Dues And Don’ts” (April 10), several questions must be answered for a reader to think that the results stated in the UJA-Federation study of voluntary pledging, are valid, reliable and not spurious.
How was the sample of 26 congregations (a small sample) derived? Were they chosen randomly? Who responded to the questionnaire — an officer or an employee? There are many congregations that aren’t in the NY Metro Area (which was excluded) that could have been surveyed to increase the sample size. A sample of the questions asked would have helped the reader to judge the quality of this research.
Professor Emeritus Pace University