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First Aid/CPR course.....where: Temple Beth El...Date: September 5th....Time: 10 am Price: $10 per person. Call the office to reserve your spot.

Religious School Welcome Back Family Breakfast & First Class, Sunday, September 10th @ 9 am.

First evening Midrasha opening family dinner, Monday, Sept. 11th @ 6:30 pm

Shalshelet opening session, Monday, Oct. 2nd @ 6:30 pm followed by a Q & A for parents @ 7 pm

Temple Beth El Cemetery, Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall, PA.. Service & Genizah Ceremony, Sunday, September 24th @ 11 am

Temple Beth El Third Kol Nidre Dinner, Friday, Sept. 29th, 5:15 pm Seudah Hamafseqet Dinner & 6:30 pm Kol Nidre Services (Dinner is limited to 150 people) RSVP by September 18th!

Yom Kippur Afternoon Private Prayer Opportunity, Saturday, September 30th @ 2 pm. 

High Holiday Healing Service on Yom Kippur afternoon, September 30th @ 3:30 pm in the Hammel Family Chapel. Please contact the Cantor or Rabbi for more information.

Soup-er Sukkot Shabbat! Friday, Oct. 6th 5:30 pm family service, 6 pm Shabbat dinner with delicious soup. RSVP by Sept. 2th

 

Sukkah Hop & Family Potluck, Sunday, Oct. 8th 2 pm to 5 pm. Travel to different Sukkot by bus for fun activities & treats. Return to Beth El for a potluck supper!

 

Celebrate Simchat Torah! Erev Simchat Torah, Thursday, October 12th! 5:30 pm free spaghetti supper. 6:30 pm the celebration begins...Live Klezmer music, family friendly service..shorter program, earlier time...fun for all ages. Dancing, interative Torah rewind!

 

Simchat Torah Continues, Friday, October 13th @ 8:30 am...Hakafot...dancing with Torahs, an Allyah for everyone and honoring our Kallah Torah, Hatan and Kallah B'resshit plus a delicious kiddush lunch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Strategic Planning

  

 Executive Summary

 

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”

 There were five common themes that emerged from the Task Forces’ deliberations and recommendations:

            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.

 Respectfully submitted,

Ivan Schonfeld, Strategic Planning Chair

 

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