I went to a temple here and talked with a rabbi about joining the congregation, which sounded nice, until she gave me the application to fill out which asked "would I be giving the standard $1700 fee and $600 additional to worship on high holy days?" I decided that Judaism may have to wait until I'm much more monetarily secure.
Now, it's been a while since I've been at a Synagogue for Sabbath services, so I don't remember: Do they take up a collection? Supposing they don't, I started doing the math: $1700 fee per year, divided by 52 weeks a year, comes to $32.69 a week. I don't think that's so bad, considering that people will shell out about 40 bucks for a night at the movies. Priests who read this and know what their average giver gives in a weekend envelope can judge this accordingly. But she's one person; do you think the "fee" is more for a family? Also, the fee is paid up front, whether you're there or not. Now a good many people do send in their collection envelopes, even when they're away on vacation. But a good deal do not.
Also, a "$600 additional" to worship on High Holy Days? Now THERE'S an untapped resource that we haven't considered in the support of parishes. Can you imagine parishes charging $600 for a seat at Mass for Christmas and Easter? OK, maybe not the Easter Vigil or Christmas Day, but we could have a ball charging for seats at the 4pm Christmas Eve, when everybody and their brother wants to come in and get Mass over with.
You can bet that this little tidbit is coming out of my mouth, the next time someone starts giving me "ugly face" about the Church being obsessed with money.