Maintaining Your Holy Place: Synagogue Facilities

Union for Reform Judaism, 2007. Accessed April 14, 2017.

Originally published in 2000 with later revisions, this helpful article aids synagogue leadership in answering the question: “our facility is complete, now how do we manage it?” The article is a procedural manual for building use policies, safety issues, management and maintenance. It points out the importance of leadership and suggests duties of building committees and facilities managers. Also included are discussions of building security issues and the advisability of installing an external defibrillator. The article includes a very helpful appendix with sample forms including: Rules for Building Usage, Policies for 3rd party service providers (including caterers), a Rental Contract, Clean-up Policies, Friday and Saturday Worship Checklists, Policies Involving the Burial of Sacred Objects, and Fragrance Guidelines. While the article is written primarily for synagogue use, other religious facilities might benefit from reading the article. It is available in a free-PDF format online.