For forty years, the American synagogues like Temple Kol Ami charged annual dues for financing their operations. As they are now nearing 50 years, their leaders saw some noticeable yet troubling issues in finances. This has prompted temple leaders to rethink their finances and make a better solution.
Michigan was one of the states hardly hit by recession wherein many of their members lost income and jobs. This resulted to lesser worshippers joining institutions and becoming uncomfortable with payments. They promoted a donation solution to this problem by sending letters and have their members pledge whatever amount they can give eradicating the mandatory dues as well. Since its implementation, membership in congregations became advantageous rather than a burden.