It is quite apparent that the major problem with liberal synagogues is indifference (“Reach Out And Touch A Congregant,” Nov. 12). There is no compelling, e.g., halachic, reason to attend services, and everything from soccer to shopping seems more fun. Hence it is no wonder liberal Jews de-prioritize worship while expecting their shuls to be there for them when it comes to bar mitzvahs, weddings and burials.
A new model of membership dues is indeed called for — namely one that rewards regular attendance.
I would suggest a sliding membership fee whereby the benchmark dues are doubled from their current figures. Members who attend services a minimum of 40 out of 52 weeks would pay only 10 percent, while those who attend once a year would pay 100 percent, with variable escalations in between. After all, it is the latter who take the synagogue for granted, while the former are its pillars.
This model might actually increase attendance, perhaps significantly.