Lion of Zion has an interesting question posted on his blog today. It is one that I have struggled with myself and I thought I'd put it to my readers as well.
He laments the exorbitant admission prices lately at New York museums and attractions. He notes that some of these exhibits offer a "suggested donation" option.
LOZ asks, "What do you do when museums request a "suggested donation" of x dollars? Do you pay it in its entirety? Do you pay nothing? Do you give a token donation? If the latter, how much?"
I feel his pain. While I recognize that organizing and maintaining these exhibits comes at a great cost and somebody must bear the burden, I also realize that it is difficult for families today to find stimulating and/or educational activities at low cost. My husband is forever mindful of not perpetuating the stereotype of "cheap Jew" (but then again, many non-Jews take advantage of the 'suggested donation' option....).
What are your thoughts?