A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
In 2014, collectively we developed and embraced a Strategic Plan for Beth Judah. This document was created to facilitate organizational change and provide guidance and direction to the board and the congregation. It was created and written so that everyone involved with Beth Judah would have a shared understanding of where we needed to go and ideas on how to get there.
It is a tool to guide the decision making of the board and staff as they develop and manage the policies, programs, services, and infrastructure of the synagogue. It is based on a three-year planning cycle. It is a “rolling plan” which means it is reviewed by the Board and the congregation on an annual basis. As necessary or desirable changes become apparent, the plan will be updated to represent new realities and a revised planning cycle will be established.
In order to facilitate the process of turning ideas into action, specific goals for 2015 were chosen. These goals focused on core functions to reinforce and build a stronger foundation for Beth Judah: spirituality, leadership, governance and participation
An incredible amount of things at Beth Judah have been accomplished in 2015. It was a very difficult year with lots of changes and adjustments. Through the Strategic Plan, our basic goals for the year were to set a new foundation for Beth Judah and to begin to change our synagogue culture and environment. You should all feel very proud. Thanks to the leadership of Michael and Karen and to the many people who contributed more than their due in terms of time and effort, we have achieved most of our 2015 goals.
It is only the collective will of the entire community that can sustain Beth Judah. In this first year of implementing our strategic plan, we have built a foundation for survival and in this coming year, the second year of our strategic plan, we must build the first floor. This is our make or break year and with your help, we feel confident that we can achieve our goals. However, being realistic, we know that if we cannot build this floor, we will not have enough momentum to go forward and will have to seriously consider dissolution.
BETH JUDAH STRATEGIC PLAN IMPLEMENTATION GOALS FOR 2016
GOAL # 1: CREATE AND BUILD A WARMER, MORE WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE CONGREGANT CULTURE (community)
GOAL #2: ENHANCE WORSHIP SERVICES TO MEET INCREASING DIVERSE SPIRITUAL NEEDS
GOAL #3: CREATE HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND CULTURAL OFFERINGS WHICH SOLIDIFY MEMBERS’ COMMITMENT TO LIVING A JEWISH LIFE (Torah learning & cultural).
GOAL #4: ENSURE THAT ACTS OF LOVING KINDNESS ARE PROVIDED TO BETH JUDAH MEMBERS IN NEED OF COMFORT, CARE, AND TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD THROUGH SOCIAL ACTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (kindness & Tikkun Olam-healing of a broken world).
GOAL #5: STRENGTHEN SYNAGOGUE SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: membership, facilities, governance, finance, communication.