Friday, June 22, 2018...Shabbat Under the Stars...Shabbat BBQ Dinner followed by Shira Chadasha Service at 7:30 pm. Dinner cost $18 per person or $45 for household.
Sunday, June 24, 2018...Bus Trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Bus leaves TBE parking lot at 8:45 am. Once at the museum we will break off into smaller groups for a led tour from 10:30 am until 12 noon. After the tour, we will have lunch and explore the museum or Independence Mall at your leisure. The bus will leave from Philadelphia back to Allentown at 2:15 pm. You may bring along a snack for the bus ride but NO food may be taken into the museum! The price per person for this trip is $44 and $38 for children UNDER the age of 13 which includes the bus ride & admission to the museum and tour. RSVP for trip by June 8, 2018. Please note that this trip is limited to 55 people as that is how many people the bus can hold! Please call the TBE office to reserve your seats.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018...CPR Training Class with a review of first aid training. Fee is $10 per person. Open to the whole community. RSVP to the Temple by Thursday, July 5, 2018.
Thursday, August 2, 2018....Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Museum of Jewish Heritage. Bus leaves the TBE parking lot at 7 am and will be leaving NYC at 7 pm. Please note that there is a lot of walking involved in this trip. Call the Temple office for all the details!
Wednesday, August 15, 2018....TBE Men's Club & KI Brotherhood present...Take Me Out to the Ball Game Extravaganza!. Enjoy an evening of baseball with the Iron Pigs! Start off with a kosher tailgate party from 5 pm to 6:30 pm (Includes burgers, hotdogs, veggie option and soft drinks..free will donation towards the cost of food is appreciated) Gates open at 7:05 pm for game! One lucky member of our group will get a chance to throw out the first pitch so enter the First Ptich Raffle. A book of 6 tickets is $5.00. Sign up for a chance to participate in on field activities. Games/contests for people of all ages. Tickets for game $15 per person. RSVP by July 15th to Roy Benasaraf at firstname.lastname@example.org
This report culminates a year-long process involving more than a hundred members of our congregation. Whether you participated in one of the nine Focus Groups, was a member of one of the four Task Forces, or were a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, this document would not have been possible without your cooperation and input. Rabbi Re’em and Cantor Wartell deserve special thanks for their willingness to allow the laymen to process this information. There have been a number of innovations instituted by the clergy already, but they were also integral to creating with us the strategic analysis so critical to this process. I want to issue a special thank-you to Gail Eisenberg and Linda Hamilton for the many hours they spent in helping me create this plan. I know the congregation is grateful for their participation. You will find the list of Focus Group Leaders and Recorders, The Strategic Planning Committee, the Ritual and Services Task Force, led by Jay Needle, the Membership Task Force, led by Kathy Zimmerman, the Finances and Sustainability Task Force, led by Seth Katzman, and the Leadership and Professional Resources Task Force, led by Lynn Rothman listed in the “Thank-you Addendum”
To grow, strengthen and engage our membership
To enhance ongoing and develop new leadership models
To find significant, sustainable and alternative resources of revenue
To explore additional and alternative religious service practices
To increase and improve our communications.
Each Task Forces’ detailed recommendations (goals and strategies) can be found in their own Addendum. It is important to understand a number of definitions so all who read this report will understand the information in a similar fashion.
Goal: What it is that we want to achieve.
Strategy: How are we going to get to the goal(s).
Tactic: A detailed action (operational) plan on how to execute the strategies
SWOTs: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Threats. (First two are internal; Second two are external to the congregation.)
Capacity: the ability to accomplish the goal involving money, personnel (lay and/or professional), and time.
The Strategic Planning Committee recommended that each Task Force Report be taken up at 4 sequential board meetings, beginning in September. The congregation will also be invited to attend these open board meetings. The Board of Directors of Temple Beth El need to approve formally each of the recommendations before action can be taken on them.
My deepest thanks and appreciation personally to all those who participated in any aspect of this plan.
Ivan Schonfeld, Strategic Planning Chair