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posted here June 15, 2017

Dear Community Members,

May was a busy month filled with community-wide events!

Thank you to everyone who generously gave their time on Sunday May 7th for the Community Forward Planning Day! Through 9 months of Community Conversations, and consultations with the Jewish community, over 4,700 pieces of data were collected from 400 individual and 45 groups conversations, compiled and analyzed to identify 5 main themes.

Community Planning Chair, Carol Duboff, and members of her committee led the group of 50 participants on May 7th to identify priorities for action planning focused on those themes. The following are theme highlights:

Connections and Jewish Identity – The action plan will require all programs, institutions and actions to go beyond establishing a sense of welcome, to deepen the sense of inclusion and Jewish connection.

Programming for the Modern Jewish Community – Our institutions provide many much-needed services, and should focus in the future on:

  • Providing for more opportunities for people to make friends and develop deeper connections
  • Innovative Jewish programming
  • Both experiential and informal Jewish education

Jewish Identity and Experience – There was strong interest in innovative new experiences both inside and outside synagogues with new approaches to education across the demographic spectrum.

Caring Community – Some of the deep  needs in the Jewish community were named repeatedly:

  • Affordable housing for seniors to include support services and kosher food
  • Inclusion of those struggling with poverty, addictions, mental health challenges, and more
  • Addressing affordab
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