Strategic Planning Update

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
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
Rosh Chodesh Nisan
    • 6:15p FLIP Shabbat
    • 7:25p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
    • 10:00a Shabbat Morning Family Experience
    • 8:07p Havdalah
    • 10:00a Oys and Joys of Jewish Parenting
    • 12:30p Around the Jewish Family Table Cooking
    • 2:00p COS Senior Event
    • 7:00p Art Auction
    • 5:00p Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
    • 7:29p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    Shabbat HaGadol
    • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
    • 8:11p Havdalah
    Erev Pesach
    Taanit Bechorot
    • 7:31p Candle Lighting
    • 9:30a Passover Services (Day I)
    • 7:00p Passover 2nd Night Seder
    • 8:31p Candle Lighting
    1st Day Omer
    • 9:30a Passover Services (Day II)
    • 8:14p Havdalah
    Chol Hamoed Pesach
    2nd Day Omer
    • 5:00p COSUSY Passover BBQ at the Geboff's
    Chol Hamoed Pesach
    3rd Day Omer
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    • 7:33p Candle Lighting
    Chol Hamoed Pesach
    4th Day Omer
    • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
    • 12:30p Shabbat Lunch and Learn
    • 8:16p Havdalah
    Chol Hamoed Pesach
    5th Day Omer
    • 10:00a Matzah Ball Drop and Matzah Brei Brunch
    • 7:30p Erev Passover Services (Day VII)
    • 7:34p Candle Lighting
    6th Day Omer
    • 9:30a Passover Services (Day VII)
    • 8:00p Erev Passover Services (Day VIII)
    • 8:34p Candle Lighting
    7th Day Omer
    • 9:30a Passover Services
    • 8:17p Havdalah
    8th Day Omer
      9th Day Omer
      • 7:00p Sisterhood Third Thursday
      10th Day Omer
      • 7:30p Shabbat Service
      • 7:37p Candle Lighting
      Shabbat Mevarchim
      11th Day Omer
      • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
      • 9:30a Mayah Silio Bat Mitzvah
      • 8:20p Havdalah
      12th Day Omer
      • 10:15a Congregational Annual Meeting
      • 4:00p Community Yom Hashoah Program
      Yom HaShoah
      13th Day Omer
      • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
      14th Day Omer
        Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
        15th Day Omer
        • 12:00p Adult Education with Rabbi Rubinger
        • 6:45p A Higher Ground - COS Youth Production
        • 6:45p Higher Ground Ad & Sponsorship Payment Portal
        Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
        16th Day Omer
          17th Day Omer
          • 5:30p Shirei Shabbat with Rabbi Kay
          • 7:30p Shabbat Service
          • 7:30p Adult B'nai Mitzvah
          • 7:41p Candle Lighting
          18th Day Omer
          • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
          • 9:30a Adult B'nai Mitzvah
          • 8:24p Havdalah
          19th Day Omer
          • 12:30p Machaneh Ohev Lite
          • 2:00p A Higher Ground - COS Youth Production
          • 2:00p Higher Ground Ad & Sponsorship Payment Portal
          Yom Hazikaron
          20th Day Omer
            Yom Ha'Atzmaut
            21st Day Omer
              22nd Day Omer
                23rd Day Omer
                  24th Day Omer
                  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
                  • 7:45p Candle Lighting
                  25th Day Omer
                  Achrei Mot-Kedoshim
                  • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
                  • 9:30a July Crawford Bat Mitzvah
                  • 8:29p Havdalah


                  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 - in progress
                  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
                  Sun, 30 April 2017 4 Iyyar 5777