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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
1st Day Omer
  • 9:30a Passover Service
  • 8:07p Havdalah
Chol Hamoed Pesach
2nd Day Omer
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
Chol Hamoed Pesach
3rd Day Omer
  • 5:30p USY Passover BBQ
Chol Hamoed Pesach
4th Day Omer
    Chol Hamoed Pesach
    5th Day Omer
    • 7:28p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Passover Service
    6th Day Omer
    • 9:30a Passover Service
    • 7:28p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    7th Day Omer
    • 9:30a Shabbat Service
    • 8:11p Havdalah
    8th Day Omer
    • 12:30p MACHANEH OHEV lite
    9th Day Omer
    • 6:00p DDD 2017-2018
    10th Day Omer
      11th Day Omer
      • 10:30a Yiddish
      • 12:00p Adult Education with Rabbi Aaron Rubinger
      • 5:00p Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
      • 7:00p COS Men's Club Holocaust Remembrance Day Program
      Yom HaShoah
      12th Day Omer
        13th Day Omer
        • 11:00a Shabbatlettes with Amy Geboff
        • 7:30p Shabbat Service
        • 7:32p Candle Lighting
        14th Day Omer
        • 9:30a Shabbat Service
        • 9:30a B'nai Mitzvah Evan and Dylan Ghingold
        • 8:15p Havdalah
        Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
        15th Day Omer
        • 12:30p A Feather in the Wind Meal Payment
        • 1:30p Feathers in the Wind - Youth Play
        Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
        16th Day Omer
          17th Day Omer
          • 5:30p Men's Club Recess
          Yom Hazikaron
          18th Day Omer
          • 12:00p Adult Education with Rabbi Aaron Rubinger
          • 5:30p A Feather in the Wind Meal Payment
          • 6:45p Feathers in the Wind - Youth Play
          Yom Ha'Atzmaut
          19th Day Omer
          • 7:00p Sisterhood Third Thursday
          20th Day Omer
          • 5:30p Shirei Shabbat with Rabbi Kay
          • 7:30p Shabbat Service
          • 7:30p Bat Mitzvah Sophie Shaked
          • 7:36p Candle Lighting
          21st Day Omer
          • 9:30a Shabbat Service
          • 9:30a Shabbat Morning Family Experience
          • 9:30a Bat Mitzvah Sophie Shaked
          • 8:19p Havdalah
          22nd Day Omer
            23rd Day Omer
            • 6:00p DDD 2017-2018
            24th Day Omer
              25th Day Omer
              • 12:00p Adult Education with Rabbi Aaron Rubinger
              26th Day Omer
                27th Day Omer
                • 7:30p Shabbat Service
                • 7:30p Bat Mitzvah Emma Gotlib
                • 7:40p Candle Lighting
                28th Day Omer
                Achrei Mot-Kedoshim
                • 9:30a Shabbat Service
                • 9:30a Bat Mitzvah Emma Gotlib
                • 8:24p Havdalah
                Pesach Sheni
                29th Day Omer
                • 11:00a Sisterhood Mahjong Tournament
                30th Day Omer
                • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
                31st Day Omer
                  32nd Day Omer
                  • 12:00p Last Adult Education with Rabbi Aaron Rubinger
                  • 6:30p Lag B'Omer Family BBQ
                  Lag B'Omer
                  33rd Day Omer
                    34th Day Omer
                    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
                    • 7:45p Candle Lighting
                    35th Day Omer
                    • 9:30a Shabbat Service
                    • 9:30a Bar Mitzvah Seth Rothbaum
                    • 8:28p 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
                    Wed, April 25 2018 10 Iyyar 5778