Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:30 pm-Erev Tisha b'Av service
Sunday, August 11, 2019-9:00 am Tisha b'Av service, 2 pm Mincha and 3 pm Tisha b'Av Program
Tuesday, August 20, 2019-Men's Club Tailgate party & baseball game at Coca Cola Park. Tailgate starts at 5 pm and ballgame at 7:05. Tickets for game $15 per person and tailgate party is a free will offering to help offset the price of the food. If interested contact Roy Benasaraf at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 23, 2019-Erev Shabbat Outdoor Service at 7pm
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - Bus Trip to NYC to see Second Story Man at the Hudson Guild Theater. Bus leaves TBE parking lot at 1:45 pm. First stop is Ben's Deli @ 4 pm (pay your own meal) The show begins at 6:15 pm. Only 30 tickets available. RSVP to TBE Office by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Trip is filled up...no more seats available!
Friday, September 6, 2019 at 6 pm - Congregational Shabbat Dinner, 7 pm - Dessert for congreation (no Oneg) 7:30 pm Services. Price for dinner is $18 per person or $45 per household. RSVP by Friday, August 23, 2019.
Sunday, September 8, 2019 9 am - First day of religious school and school breakfast.
Monday, September 9, 2019 6:30 pm - Mah Jongg Club
Monday, September 9, 2019 7:00 pm - Men's Poker Club
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:30 am Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Teichman & Birthday Shabbat
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:30 pm Sisterhood opening wine and cheese
Saturday, September 21, 2019 9:30 am - Bar Mitzvah of Julian Ettinger Finley
Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:15 - Leil Selichot Service at Brith Sholom & 9 pm program at Brith Shalom
Friday, September 27, 2019 11 am - High Holiday Challah and Wine pick up
Sunday, September 29, 2019 7:15 pm - Memorial Plaque Dedication
Sunday, September 29, 2019 8 pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Monday, September 30, 2019 8:45 am Shacharit, 9:45 am Children's Services, 9:45 am Torah Service and Musaf, 10 am Bim Bom Playgroup, 11:30 am Traditional Service (Musaf), 1:30 pm Tashlich (Princeton Court Site), 8 pm Ma'ariv Service
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 8:45 am Shacharit, 9:45 am Torah Service (Combined) 11 am - Contemporary Family Service.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5 pm Kol Nidre Dinner & 6:15 pm Kol Nidre Services
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 8:45 am Shacharit, 9:45 am Children's Service, 9:45 am Torah Service, Yizkor & Musaf, 10 am Bim Bom Playgroup, 12 pm Traditional Service & Musaf, 2 pm Private Prayer Opportunity, 3:30 pm Healing Experience, 4:15 pm Mincha, 5:45 pm Jewish Family Program, 5:45 Neila, 6:45 pm Ma'ariv and 7 pm Shofar Blowing
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