Strategic Planning Update


Ohev Shalom is part of this year's Sulam for Strategic Planners cohort,
coordinated by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
Working closely with a USCJ Transformation Specialist,
our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, co-chaired by Steven Hornik and Jo Staffin,
is guiding us through this important process.
As Ohev Shalom approaches its 100th anniversary,
we are looking ahead to our second century.


Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • 9:30a K'ton ton with Penny Goldstein
  • 2:00p Pick strawberries with the Ohev Shalom Family!
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Learn & Create for a Cure
Tu B'Shvat
  • 12:00p Adult Education with Rabbi Emeritus Aaron Rubinger
  • 5:30p Shirei Shabbat with Rabbi Kay
  • 5:48p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Bar Mitzvah Lou Tauber
  • 6:31p Havdalah
  • 7:00p 8th/9th Grade Event
  • 9:00a WWWrap 2018
  • 12:30p MACHANEH OHEV lite
  • 2:00p Senior Program
  • 5:00p Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
  • 5:53p Candle Lighting
  • 6:00p Centennial Weekend
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
Shabbat Mevarchim
Parshat Shekalim
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Centennial Weekend
  • 11:00a Shabbatlettes with Amy Geboff
  • 6:36p Havdalah
  • 7:00p Centennial Gala
  • 6:00p DDD 2017-2018
  • 10:30a Yiddish
Rosh Chodesh Adar
  • 6:30p Sisterhood Third Thursday
Rosh Chodesh Adar
  • 10:00a Challahballoo!
  • 5:58p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 5:15p Bat Mitzvah Kylie Sheplan
  • 6:41p Havdalah
  • 6:03p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
  • 7:30p Bar Mitzvah Harrison Gorman
Parshat Zachor
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Bar Mitzvah Harrison Gorman
  • 6:46p Havdalah
  • 9:30a K'ton ton with Penny Goldstein
  • 10:00a American Jewish History Program
  • 12:30p Olim Bowling Event
  • 6:00p DDD 2017-2018
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
Taanit Esther
Erev Purim
  • 4:00p Purim Carnival
Shushan Purim
  • 6:08p Candle Lighting
  • 6:15p Scholar-in-Residence Information & Dinner RSVP
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
Ki Tisa
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Scholar in Residence featuring Maggie Anton
  • 11:00a Shabbatlettes with Amy Geboff
  • 5:30p Bat Mitzvah Delaney Rigetta
  • 6:50p Havdalah
  • 7:30p Scholar in Residence featuring Maggie Anton
  • 8:00p USY Chocolate!


What's Happening Now...

It’s time to take the next step in our synagogue’s long-range strategic planning process.

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Board of Trustees have reviewed and analyzed the results of the survey that so many of you responded to; gathered data from interviews with synagogue staff, board members, committee chairs, and others in leadership positions in our congregation; and identified the issues of greatest importance to the future of Congregation Ohev Shalom.

In order to address these issues, the following six task forces have been established:

1. Strategies for Adult engagement – defining what we mean by adult programming, and addressing perceived programming gaps related to various demographic groups in our congregation

2. Strategies for Youth education and engagement – similar to adult programming, but with a focus on youth

3. Synagogue operations and staffing – the makeup of our clergy and professional staff, and issues related to the operation of our synagogue

4. Financial stability -- ways we can ensure the financial stability of COS including looking at endowments, building reserves, education scholarships, new dues structures, etc.

5. Marketing, Communication & Branding – general communication issues, who and what are we, and how do we communicate and engage with our members and to the outside community

6. Ritual – addressing various points that emerged from the congregation-wide survey and Steering Committee workshops regarding religious services offered at COS

Each task force will comprise 10 to 12 congregation members, and will meet at least once a month, as often as its members deem necessary over the course of the next few months, in order to arrive at recommendations to be presented to the Steering Committee. The Committee will review and consider the task force recommendations, and ultimately present a final list of recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

The synagogue operations task force is already fully staffed, but there are openings in the other five task forces. If you have an interest in participating in one of them, please contact Steven Hornik ( or Jo Staffin (, or fill out the form below before January 13, 2017.


Steven Hornik, co-chair

Jo Staffin, co-chair



Strategic Planning Steps

Here are the main milestones in the strategic planning process. Completed milestones are indicated by a check.

Form Strategic Planning Steering Committee  

Strategic Planning "Launch" Workshop with Transformation Specialist 

Form Planning Teams (Mission/Vision, Communications, Data, etc.) 

Draft Ohev Shalom Mission Statement 1.0 

Congregational Survey 

Review/Analyze Survey Results 

Draft Mission Statement 2.0 

Data Gathering Interviews with Staff, Board, Committee Chairs, etc. 

Mission/Vision Workshop with Transformation Specialist 

Draft Vision Statement 1.0 

Create Tasks Forces / Task Force Co-Chairs 

Recruit Members for Task Forces 

Draft Vision Statement 2.0 

All Task-Force Meeting with Transformation Specialist 

Task Forces Meet / Parlor Meetings / Data-Gathering 

Task Force Reports to Steering Committee

Mission and Vision Statements 3.0, etc., as needed

Steering Committee Drafts Report / Recommendations

Strategic Planning Report / Recommendations Presented to Board of Trustees
Tue, February 20 2018 5 Adar 5778