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
Rosh Chodesh Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar
  • 5:45p DDD at the Holocaust Center
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
  • 7:00p Crossing the Bridge
  • 6:09p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
  • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
  • 5:30p Miles Cutler Bar Mitzvah
  • 6:51p Havdalah
  • 8:30a MichaMOCHA Cafe
  • 12:00p COS Family Shabbaton Departs
  • 12:30p Olim Wondermade Marshmallow Program
  • 2:00p Senior Event
  • 5:00p Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
  • 7:00p Adult Education with Rabbi David Kay
Taanit Esther
    • 6:13p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    Erev Purim
    Parshat Zachor
    • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
    • 6:55p Havdalah
    • 7:00p COSUSY Purim Lock-In Overnight
    • 7:00p Erev Purim Family Celebration & Megillah Reading
    • 11:00a Purim Carnival
    Shushan Purim
    • 7:00p Sisterhood Event-A Taste of Purim
    • 5:30p Pi Day Pie Party
    • 7:00p Sisterhood Third Thursday
    • 7:17p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    Parshat Parah
    Ki Tisa
    • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
    • 9:30a Nathaniel Cohen Bar Mitzvah
    • 12:30p Shabbat Lunch and Learn
    • 7:59p Havdalah
    • 8:15p Line Dancing
    • 7:21p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    Shabbat Mevarchim
    Parshat Hachodesh
    • 9:00a Weekly Torah Study
    • 9:30a Men's Club Shabbat
    • 8:03p Havdalah
    • 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


      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, 26 March 2017 28 Adar 5777