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Premium Pricing Popularizes Jewish Holy Days

October 4, 2005 | 4 Comments

New York, New York, October 5, 2005
Special to The Raving Atheist

Seeking to imbue Judaism with the prestige of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, synagogues have a adopted a premium pricing strategy which has sent High Holy Day ticket prices skyrocketing.

Synagogues now charge hundreds of dollars for tickets to attend services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, called the High Holy Days because they are among the most sacred in the Jewish calendar. Choice front-row seats now sell for as much as $360, compared with $150-$250 for their Christian counterparts at Radio City.

The expense of participating has become a simmering issue within the Jewish community. The National Jewish Outreach Program, a nonprofit that aims to provide basic religious education to Jews so they remain within the community, said its research on the impact of the costly tickets revealed that they were a turnoff and should be reconsidered.

But congregational leaders dismiss charges that ruthless price-gouging gives Judaism a bad name.

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4 Responses to “Premium Pricing Popularizes Jewish Holy Days”

  1. godzilla
    October 4th, 2005 @ 1:36 am

    But congregational leaders dismiss charges that ruthless price-gouging gives Judaism a bad name.

  2. Just on this Earth
    October 4th, 2005 @ 11:49 am

    What I understand from this quote is that — It is best to get raped (financially) by your own people (jews) than by a Broadway show( which jews have the corner stone of )( It’s a win-win situation for those whom collect the money). This should prove that people started religion as a get rich quick scheme. Why should I or anyone else be surprised by this; rabbis, priests, and mullahs charge for their services. What happened to “doing gods work”. They(all of them) charge you to pray for them, marry you, comfort you and any other religious service you can think of. It’s pathetic how people follow them. Here is a quote from all religions—“Beware of false prophets”.

  3. technogypsy
    October 5th, 2005 @ 12:31 am

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  4. MBains
    October 5th, 2005 @ 7:29 pm

    The National Jewish Outreach Program, a nonprofit that aims to provide basic religious education to Jews so they remain within the community, said its research on the impact of the costly tickets revealed that they were a turnoff and should be reconsidered.

    That was beautiful.

    But some rabbis dismissed this success, attributing the appeal instead to the bitter horseradish consumed at the infant slaughter celebration.

    Infants slaughtered go much better with A1. At least raw. Otherwise I’m there.

    As long as no one but YHWY profits in the end. Eh?

    Uhhh… Sorry. I waised Jewish IV: the Catholics (Saul & the Czars and Pappies). I being the Big Guy. II being Abe & Family. III being Moses.

    Of course V being Mo. No. We can’t forget Mo either can we. Perhaps Krishna… no. I don’t suppose there’s any help there. Hhhmmm…

    {sigh Sighhh…} I Guess I just don’t believe them personally or otherwise.

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