AGUDAS ISRAEL CONGREGATION
Welcome to our Synagogue!
As president of Agudas Israel, one of my goals is to build on the good work of our previous president, Paul Vanek. I believe we are ready to move forward utilizing our commitment, crea-tivity, and strong communication processes to best meet our congregation’s needs. Elie Wiesel said “To be part of a commu-nity, to shape it, and to strengthen it is the most urgent, the most vital obligation facing the Jewish individual”
Towards that end, on Sunday November 9, your Board of Trustees, Committee chairs, and Rabbi Cohen participated in a board workshop facilitated by Jane Aronoff, representing the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Jane is an experienced temple leader as well as an active member and leader at the URJ.
The morning began, of course, with a little coffee and bagels and a brief Torah study. We then began the process of engage-ment, learning a little more about each other, questioning and responding to challenging questions regarding who we are and how we can be better. We looked at our strengths and how we can build on them. We asked ourselves, what are our congre-gants asking for, what do we care deeply about, how will we know we are succeeding?
A significant portion of the discussions revolved around the concept of relationships. While programs are an important ele-ment of our temple lives, it is the people that are more impor-tant. We talked about and identified some ways in which we can better know ourselves and those who walk through the door. We agreed to try some new approaches for member recruitment and engagement. Don’t be surprised by a phone call or an invitation to coffee by a board member! We want your input face to face. What do you want from the synagogue? What do you love to do?
As the morning concluded we narrowed down our discus-sions to 3 major goals.
1. Recruiting and engaging new members which includes orientations, welcoming and communication.
2. Developing a plan and a strategy for fundraising.
3. System for volunteer engagement.
In the coming months I hope you will see how these goals are being pursued. I will keep you up to date on progress and activities. Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas to help us build on our efforts.
Shalom, Dr. Linda Perkel, President