A Guide to Synagogue Management: Research and Recommendations

Even as synagogues look to better understand the many ways technology can help them interact with and manage their congregations, the marketplace is changing. New software options are available all the time. In hopes of more clearly defining synagogues’ specific needs and the ability of the current marketplace to meet them, UJA-Federation of New York convened an advisory consortium to address a common concern about what synagogues currently need to support operations and how synagogues can use database systems to support engagement and strategic decision-making. That consortium included the national staff and representatives of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives, National Association for Temple Administration, Orthodox Union, Union for Reform Judaism, and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

UJA-Federation of New York retained Idealware to conduct a large-scale research project into constituent management systems—both those traditionally marketed to synagogues and from other sectors—comparing their features and seeing how they might help synagogues meet their current needs and prepare them for the future. Idealware was selected as an independent third party, and this report reflects our research, recommendations, and findings and does not reflect the opinions of the consortium.
 
This report serves as an overview of the market for synagogues looking to implement a new data management system or those that want to learn more about how their current system compares to others on the market.

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