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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:00 am

USCJ chief confident in face of budget gap  

Despite a budget deficit twice what was expected, the leader of the Conservative movement’s synagogue umbrella group says the group will balance its budget within two years. Rabbi Steven Wernick, the CEO of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, told JTA that his organization was anticipating a budget hole of more than $1 million in 2013 — well beyond the anticipated $544,000 gap. Nevertheless, the higher number is significantly lower than the $3 million deficit the USCJ ran in 2012. Wernick said the deficit resulted from a continuing decline in the dues paid by member synagogues to the USCJ and a failure to meet a $1.69 million fundraising goal. Wernick said he expects to bring the budget into balance through a combination of cost-cutting and increased fundraising, adding that the organization already has $1 million in donation commitments for the coming year. “We’re feeling a lot more confident that we have the people and tools in place to meet the budget that we put together for this next year,” Wernick said. One of the three institutional pillars of Conservative Judaism, USCJ serves some 800 member synagogues, the bulk of them in North America.

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