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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 olim printmaking
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
  • 9:30a Mispacha Sheli
  • 5:00p Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
  • 6:07p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
Shabbat Mevarchim
Parshat Shekalim
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Youth Shabbat
  • 11:00a Shabbatlettes
  • 6:50p Havdalah
  • 10:00a American Jewish History Presentation with Murray Toborowsky
  • 2:00p Senior Event
  • 7:00p The Kugel Konnection
  • 11:30a Hadassah Luncheon
  • 5:00p Challahballoo
Rosh Chodesh Adar II
  • 7:00p Kitah Gimel/3rd grade Siddur Dedication
Rosh Chodesh Adar II
  • 6:12p Candle Lighting
  • 7:00p milestone event for Kitah Gimel/3rd grade of COS Hebrew school
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 6:54p Havdalah
  • 7:30p COSUSY Fiddler on the Roof
  • 7:45p Olim Farris & Foster Chocolate Night
  • 12:30p Kadima G0-Carts and Ice Cream
  • 5:00p COS Gala
  • 9:30a Mispacha Sheli
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Hamentaschen Baking
  • 7:16p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
Parshat Zachor
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 7:58p Havdalah
  • 11:00a Purim Carnival
Taanit Esther
Erev Purim
    Shushan Purim
    • 7:20p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    • 7:30p Bat Mitzvah Livia Smith
    • 9:30a Shabbat Service
    • 9:30a Bat Mitzvah Livia Smith
    • 8:02p Havdalah
    • 9:30a Mispacha Sheli
    • 5:00p Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
    • 6:30p DDD Interfaith Dialog
    • 7:00p See change of date-Sisterhood Book Club
    • 7:00p at Silly Grape
    • 7:24p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    Shabbat Mevarchim
    Parshat Parah
    • 9:30a Shabbat Service
    • 9:30a Bar Mitzvah Jared Weiss
    • 11:00a USY subregional event doing Social action and elections for Mercaz
    • 8:06p Havdalah
    • 7:00p The Kugel Konnection
    • 7:28p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    Rosh Chodesh Nisan
    Parshat Hachodesh
    • 9:30a Shabbat Service
    • 8:10p 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
    Thu, March 21 2019 14 Adar II 5779