Should High Holiday services be free?It’s September, and the hunt is on among the young, the underemployed and the unaffiliated: How can I score tickets for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services without shelling out $1,000 or more for synagogue membership?
On the other hand, how can a synagogue maintain itself if it opens its doors for free on the only days of the year many Jews step inside? Isn’t that unfair to those members who faithfully pay dues? Many young Jews, in particular, don’t realize that these free tickets are meant to encourage affiliation---they just think the tickets are part of what a synagogue does. Doesn’t this encourage a lack of communal responsibility that runs counter to basic Jewish values?