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
  • 12:30p Around the Jewish Family Cooking
  • 9:30a Mispacha Sheli Toddler & Preschool Program
  • 6:21p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
  • 7:30p Mallory/Ben Koyfman B'nai Mitzvah
  • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
  • 9:30a B'nai Mitzvah Mallory/Ben Koyfman
  • 7:03p Havdalah
  • 11:00a Oys and Joys of Jewish Parenting
  • 12:30p COSUSY SATO Color Run/Walk
  • 2:00p Senior Event
  • 12:00a Mispacha Sheli Toddler & Preschool Program
  • 5:00p Sweet Tomatoes
  • 5:16p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
Chayei Sara
  • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
  • 9:30a Aaron Blatnoy Bar Mitzvah
  • 5:59p Havdalah
  • 12:30p Kadima Thanksgiving Seder
  • 12:30p Olim TO Day
  • 3:00p Kehillah Opening
  • 6:00p DDD 2017-2018
  • 7:00p Yiddish Rocks!
  • 5:00p Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Third Thursday
  • 5:13p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
Shabbat Mevarchim
  • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
  • 9:30a Morgan Cox Bat Mitzvah
  • 5:56p Havdalah
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
    • 7:00p Sisterhood Event
    • 5:11p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
    • 5:54p Havdalah
    • 6:00p DDD 2017-2018
    • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
    • 5:10p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
    • 9:30a Alexis Lipkin Bat Mitzvah
    • 5:54p 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 
    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
    Sat, November 25 2017 7 Kislev 5778