Co-presidents Corner – Strategic Planning & Clergy Search

Dear TOS Community,

We are pleased to update you on our strategic planning and clergy search process.

Strategic Planning
On March 11th, we held our second community meeting. At this meeting, we examined our personal and congregational Jewish values. We then envisioned our community in the year 2023. Each table created a long list of exciting and innovative ideas for our community’s future.

Over the next few weeks, the strategic planning facilitation team along with senior staff and our CJP consultants will be reviewing the data to identify our congregational core values and vision. Our core values and vision combined with the snapshot report will enable us to prioritize committees (both current and new) to realize our vision. Once approved by the Board of Trustees, every decision we make should be rooted in our core values, bringing us closer to our vision and enabling us to be proactive and not reactive.

At our final community meeting on May 6th, we will begin to identify the various roads that can take us from our current state to our future state. We will be asking each of you to pick the issue that you feel most passionate about and help make an action plan to bring us into 2023 and beyond.

We welcome questions, comments, and constructive feedback. The strategic planning facilitation team includes Rabbi Berkman, Rachel Calmas, Danielle Dykeman, Mara Goldstein, Naomi Gurt Lind, Andy O’Connell, and Joshua Paradise. We can be reached at strategicplan@ohabei.org.

Clergy Search
As we mentioned in the previous Co-Presidents corner, the Board has determined that we should hire a part-time interim rabbi for the coming year due to the timing of our strategic planning process. I am happy to report that we have started interviewing candidates and are delighted by the quality of the applicants we have received.

The interview committee incudes Rachel Calmas, Georgia Churilla, Jesse Cochin, Danielle Dykeman, Jeremy Klein, Hilda Lopez, Diane Rosen, Alan Shepro and Elena Singer along with Rabbi Berkman.  We look forward to sharing an update with you as soon as possible!

We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns that we can address. We can be reached at co-presidents@ohabei.org.

b’vracha (with blessings),
-Rachel and Georgia