I am the gabbai of a shul and I sell aliyos there every Yom Tov. With Pesach having just concluded, I would like to bring up the issue of people buying aliyos and not paying for them.
You would not believe how many people buy aliyos every Yom Tov and never bother paying for them. I cannot understand how a person can have the nerve to bid on an aliyah when he still owes money for his last half-dozen aliyos.
I hesitate to ask people to pay up, since I feel uncomfortable pressuring people for money. Besides, it is hard for me to keep track of all the aliyos that are sold over Yom Tov, and I do not always remember who bought which aliyah and for how much.
Since I am the one who pays the shul‘s bills, I am the one who suffers when the money does not come in. I am a busy person, and I do not have time to chase people for the money they owe the shul, whether for aliyos, membership dues, or other pledges. I do not get paid to act as gabbai; why should I have to hound people to pay the money they owe the shul? I would appreciate hearing people’s feedback regarding this matter.
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