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