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Strategic Planning Update


Our Planning Process

Congregation Ohev Shalom was selected as part of the fourth cohort for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Sulam for Strategic Planners program. A steering committee was formed to work on COS’s strategic plan.


In the summer of 2016, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee gathered data, including a congregational survey and interviews with a number of leaders in our congregation. Our congregants responded enthusiastically to the survey, completing it at response rates that were significantly above the average.


The Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Board of Trustees reviewed and analyzed the results of the survey; 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 the fall of 2016, we identified basic themes emerging from our analysis, and we examined and revised our congregation’s mission and vision statements.


The next step, which took place during the first few months of 2017, was to activate task forces to assess the key areas of adult engagement, youth engagement, synagogue operations and staffing, financial stability, ritual, and communications. In early summer 2017, the task forces wrote reports containing their recommendations for best practices in these key areas.


During the summer of 2017, the Steering Committee reviewed the task forces’ reports, and organized them into the final recommendations that were approved by the Board of Trustees and presented to the congregation at the November annual meeting.



In the summer of 2018, an Implementation Steering Committee was appointed to coordinate and oversee the process of implementing the Strategic Plan and evaluating the results. Task forces composed of members of the Implementation Steering Committee and interested congregants have been launched and are currently working on reviewing the Strategic Planning documentation and formulating plans for prioritizing and addressing the recommendations. Their work will be continually reviewed and monitored by the Implementation Steering Committee and by the Board of Trustees.


Some of the recommendations of the Strategic Plan require a long-term process, but other recommendations of a more short-term nature have already been implemented. We’ll continue to work toward implementing the Strategic Planning recommendations both in the near term and on into the future.


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