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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
  • 10:30a Discover Judaism
  • 12:30p Olim's Splash into the New Year
  • 12:30p Kadima Opening Event
  • 1:00p USY Opening Event
  • 7:00p Yiddish BINGO
  • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
  • 5:00a Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
  • 6:30p DDD Interfaith Dialog
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
  • 7:30p Candle Lighting
Ki Tavo
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 8:11p Havdalah
  • 8:30p Community S'lichot Service
  • 10:00a Challahballoo with Your Toddler / Preschooler
  • 7:22p Candle Lighting
  • 7:30p Shabbat Service
  • 9:30a Shabbat Service
  • 8:03p Havdalah
Erev Rosh Hashana
  • 7:20p Candle Lighting
  • 8:00p Erev Rosh Hashanah Services
Rosh Hashana
  • 9:00a Rosh Hashanah Services
  • 10:00a High Holiday Children's Program 2018
  • 10:00a 6th-8th Grade High Holiday Program
  • 8:00p Rosh Hashanah Services
  • 8:19p Candle Lighting
Rosh Hashana
  • 9:00a Rosh Hashanah Services
  • 9:30a Preschool Family Rosh Hashanah Services
  • 10:30a Family Rosh Hashanah Services
  • 7:59p Havdalah
Fast of Gedalia
    • 7:14p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    Shabbat Shuva
    • 9:30a Shabbat Service
    • 7:54p Havdalah
    • 10:30a Cemetery Visitation
    • 7:00p Sisterhood Book Club
    Erev Yom Kippur
    • 6:30p Kol Nidre Services
    • 7:09p Candle Lighting
    Yom Kippur
    • 9:00a Yom Kippur Services
    • 10:00a 6th-8th Grade High Holiday Program
    • 10:00a High Holiday Children's Program 2018
    • 1:30p Yizkor Approximately
    • 5:30p Minchah
    • 7:49p Havdalah
    • 6:30p Sisterhood Third Thursday
    • 7:05p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Shabbat Service
    • 9:30a Shabbat Service
    • 7:46p Havdalah
    Erev Sukkot
    • 12:30p Olim Mad Science
    • 12:30p Kadima Cooks & Crafts in the Sukkah
    • 7:03p Candle Lighting
    • 7:30p Erev Sukkot Services
    • 9:30a Sukkot Services
    • 7:30p Sukkot Services
    • 8:02p Candle Lighting
    • 9:30a Sukkot Services
    • 7:42p Havdalah
    Chol Hamoed Sukkot
    • 5:00p Kibbutz Ohev Family Edition
    • 6:30p Pizza in the Hut
    • 6:30p DDD Interfaith Dialog
    Chol Hamoed Sukkot
      Chol Hamoed Sukkot
      • 6:57p Candle Lighting
      • 7:30p Shabbat Service
      Chol Hamoed Sukkot
      • 9:30a Shabbat Service
      • 11:00a Oys and Joys of Jewish parenting
      • 11:00a Shabbatlettes
      • 7:37p Havdalah
      Hoshana Rabah
      • 10:00a Sisterhood Beginning of Year Event
      • 11:00a Oys and Joys
      • 1:00p Men's Club Sukkot Event
      • 1:00p DDD Village on the Green
      • 6:55p Candle Lighting
      • 7:30p Shemini Atzeret Services
      Shmini Atzeret
      • 9:30a Shemini Atzeret Services
      • 5:30p Simchat Torah Dinner
      • 6:30p Simchat Torah Service
      • 7:54p Candle Lighting
      Simchat Torah
      • 9:30a Simchat Torah Services
      • 7:34p Havdalah
      • 6:49p Candle Lighting
      • 7:30p Shabbat Service
      Shabbat Mevarchim
      • 9:30a Shabbat Service
      • 9:30a Bar Mitzvah Geoffrey Goldberg
      • 7:29p 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
      Tue, September 25 2018 16 Tishrei 5779