“Where there is no vision, the people lapse into chaos” Proverbs. 29:18
It’s hard to know where you are going if you don’t first know where you are. Strategic planning cannot take place without first undertaking strategic thinking: what are the mission, vision, and values of our community? Explore ways to think about these key issues, models for creating cohesive statements that respond to them, and challenges and opportunities of doing this work in a spiritual community.
Where we are now: Assessing environment, organizational lifecycle, strengths, etc. (data collection: SWOT and SOAR models); Where are we going: Developing mission-vision-values-goals-strategies; Specific actions; Communication and alignment side ; Managing the execution- how will you know you are doing a good job? Examples of JRF community plans and/or working with presented examples.
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Rabbi David Teutsch has been a builder of religious community since becoming a congregational rabbi thirty years ago. He is the Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization and director of the Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as president for nearly a decade. The editor in chief of the groundbreaking Kol Haneshamah prayer book series published by JRF’s Reconstructionist Press, he has also authored several other books including Imagining the Jewish Future and titles in the series A Guide to Jewish Practice published by RRC Press.
Linda Rich specializes in executive coaching, organizational and leadership development, and management consulting. In addition to working with synagogues and nonprofit organizations, she has worked with large corporations and small businesses. Linda has consulted to congregations on strategic planning, and headed a synagogue strategic planning team working with UJA-Federation and McKinsey. She represented lay leadership on the Reconstructionist movement’s Role of the Rabbi commission, whose work resulted in a report titled The Rabbi-Congregation Relationship: A Vision for the 21st Century (aka “the purple book”). Linda has been a synagogue co-chair, and led or served on a wide variety of congregational committees, including: Ritual, Nominating, Adult Education, Membership, Inreach, Retreat, and Cantor Search. She has been recognized with the Ansche Gevurah award from the JRF of Metropolitan NY and the Kallat Breishit award from West End Synagogue. Before entering consulting, Linda held line and staff roles in the business world, and understands firsthand the challenges organizational leaders face. Linda holds an MBA from New York University. She can be reached through her website: www.lindarich.com.
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit, www.rabbizevit.com is a congregational consultant and Director of Outreach and Tikkun Olam for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. He is the Co-Director of the award-winning Davennen Leaders Training Institute and is a spiritual director for many clergy. A recording artist he has also written and developed resources in the areas of Community Building, Leadership, Prayer, Contemporary views of GOD, Jewish Men's issues ("Brother Keepers: New Essays in Jewish Masculinity), and Money and Jewish values ("Offerings of the Heart: Values-Based Approaches to Money in Faith Community". Rabbi Zevit moved to Cleveland in 2009 to be with his wife Simcha and family, continuing his work for JRF from there.