Shabbat Shalom: Another Opportunity to Help Shape Our Future
This Sunday evening marks the start of Tu B’Shevat, the “New Year of the Trees.” While we’ve come to know this as a day of ecological and environmental awareness, it’s also the perfect time to think about planting the metaphorical ‘seeds of tomorrow’ — and, as such, the perfect time to update you on the progress of our strategic planning process. Since we launched our listening tour in the fall, we have heard from nearly 1,000 members from across our community about what they believe will make us stronger and more vibrant. Remarkably, the input was consistent across ages, denominations, and location. Five themes have emerged from the listening sessions and survey:
- People are craving connections with each other, and want a community where they feel included — and one that is inclusive of all.
- Our community values organizations that work together. There is a real desire to see greater collaboration between synagogues and other Jewish agencies.
- Geography is important, and we have to work together to create thriving Jewish life throughout greater Rhode Island.
- Helping others is seen as a critical component of our community. Through social action and social responsibility, we need to make life better for Jews and for all Rhode Islanders.
- Everyone wants to feel safe and secure in our community. That means ensuring that our Jewish institutions are protected, and it means fighting anti-Semitism and hate throughout the community.
Now comes the challenging part — the part that excites me the most. We are working to incorporate these themes into our planning process in order to create the strong, vibrant community everyone desires. While our Board, committee, and staff are working to generate strategies and tactics, I’m a big believer that great ideas come from everywhere. If you have an idea for how we can address one of these themes, we would love to hear from you. Please send your thoughts to email@example.com
. We’ll add your ideas to our brainstorm as we take the next step of determining feasibility and prioritizing which ideas will help us accomplish the most over the next three years.
Together, we will build the stronger, more vibrant community we all desire.
Wishing you a peaceful Shabbat, and Chag Sameach!
President & CEO
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