Rabbinical Assembly Discretionary Charity Spending Guidelines

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Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman has nearly four decades of experience as a religious leader, dating back to his time as the only civilian rabbi in Japan between 1980 and 1983. Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman has served at Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland, since 2002, and is active with numerous faith-based organizations, such as the Rabbinical Assembly of America.

Established in 1901, the Rabbinical Assembly is comprised of an international network of conservative rabbis. The organization maintains a number of ethical standards for rabbis, including a professional code of conduct and guidelines for the use of discretionary funds. To maintain a reputation as a supportive, trustworthy rabbinical organization, the assembly advises all synagogues to draft an official board resolution that clearly identifies the purpose of discretionary funds and the parameters within which the rabbi can direct these funds to charitable efforts. The same transparency should be applied to all synagogue spending.

Similarly, all rabbinical contracts should illustrate the rabbi’s intention of establishing a discretionary fund as an extension of whatever charitable funds the institution has already initiated. Finally, to further ensure trust between the synagogue and its membership, the Rabbinical Assembly suggests all discretionary funds be made available to independent auditors during any review of traditional synagogue accounts.