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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 royben@ptd.net 

Friday, August 24, 2018. Join us for Shabbat BBQ Dinner and Service. Dinner is at 6 pm and service commences right afterwards. Come welcome new members and have fun with friends. RSVP to the office by August 10, 2018. Price is $45 per household or $18 per person. For information please contact, Alyssa Pure, Jewish Family Educator at alyssa@bethelallentown.org.

First Annual Selichot Service with Brith Sholom & Temple Beth El. Saturday, September 1, 2018 @ Temple Beth El. Guest Speaker will be Temple Beth El member, Dustin Nash, Professor in Religion Studies @ Muhlenberg College. Dustin will lead a lecture on the topic of Sin and Forgiveness in the Tanakh. Lecture starts @ 9 p.m.

Sisterhood Holiday Wine Sale. Orders are due by August 23, 2018. Pick up for your wine is on Friday, September 7, 2018 between 11 am and 1 pm here at the temple.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 @ 12:30 pm TBE Cemetery Service and Genizah Ceremony. Traditional cemetery service will be held at the TBE cemetary at Beth El Memorial Park at 12:30 pm. Parking will be available on the street. For those who forget their kipot, some will be availabe in the box near the entrance. Members are reminded that NO flowers are to be placed on graves. Members of TBE will participate in a Genizah cermony at the cemetary. Acccording to Jewish law, all pieces of paper or any substance on which the name G-d is written, are forbidden to be destroyed. If a prayer book or bible becomes unusable due to age or disrepair, then it is to be stored away (ganuz) or buried.

TBE Religious School Family Breakfast and First Class. Religious School "Welcome Back". Sunday, September 16, 2018. Register today. If you need help registering, please call Alicia in the school office. 610-435-3521.

Celebration honoring Cantor Wartell 30 years at the Temple. Havdalah, Tribute, and Reception. Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 7:45 pm. RSVP to the TBE office. 

 

 

 

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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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