President's Message - March 2013 Print

Dear Members of CBI,

This month Congregation Beth Israel begins a journey into the future that will provide the vision and direction for the congregation over the next 10 years through conducting a Congregation Strategic Planning process. Critical to the success of this trip is the participation of as many members of the Congregation as possible---after all, this is your Congregation and your collective ideas, opinions and feelings are what must drive the vision and future direction of Congregation Beth Israel.
Every trip needs a very competent navigator and the same is true of our strategic planning process. In order to ensure the success of our journey I have asked Julia Noble and Richard Hausman to co-navigate the Congregation into the future. I want to publicly thank them for taking on this task, which is so important to us as a congregation.
At this point Richard and Julia are working on the plans and timetable for the entire process that we hope to substantially complete by the end of May. However, we have recognized that we need fuel for our journey into the future. In this case the fuel required is our congregants opinions, views, concerns and ideas. To be more direct we need your individual answer to the question, what do want our congregation to be like over the next 10 years and how can we make that happen? Or more personally, how can CBI better serve your religious, educational and social needs as a Jew?

Congregation Beth Israel has many positive aspects that we want to make sure we preserve, but we also need to identify where we can get better. Through analyzing our demographics, collecting and synthesizing your opinions and developing specific ways of meeting the current and future needs of the congregation we will make Congregation Beth Israel an even closer and more vibrant family of families.
To start this process I urge you to attend one of the Town Hall meetings scheduled below:

Sunday, March 31, 2013 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sunday, April 14, 2013   3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Remember your involvement is critical to the success of this endeavor that will have a significant impact on our Congregations future. Your voice will be heard.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at one of the CBI Town Hall Meetings! 
        Jim Gold