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Monday, October, 15, 2018 @ 7 pm ...Men's Club Poker Night at TBE. Cards, food, big game on TV. RSVP to Roy Benasaraf at royben@ptd.net or call 610-216-0190.

Murder at the Malt Shop Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 7 pm....An Audience Interactive Dessert Theater Murder Mystery. Everyone is a SUSPect. Can you figure out who did what? Special prize for the guest with the best 50's inspired costumes. Price is $55 per person.

Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 2 pm....Satori A Daniel Pearl World Music Day Concert. Flute, clarinet and strings, chamber music of Devienne, Crusell and Beethoven. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for TBE members, $5 for children under 12. Please call the Temple office for tickets.

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - Sisterhood Mah Jongg Club. Please RSVP before Thursday, October 18, 2018 to Ilene Rubel @ 610-776-1577 or email her at irubel@aol.com. $10 donation to Sisterhood to play.

 

 

 

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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

 

Click here for Strategic Planning Summary

 

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