This has certainly been an extraordinary year. Last year, as we were trying to put a proposed budget together and get ready for our annual meeting, there was so much uncertainty about what the year would bring and how we would get through it. We were not only dealing with COVID, but also an entirely new clergy model.
In spite of those challenges we have had many successes. But our work is just beginning. Our focus for the coming year is to evaluate how TBC is responding to the needs of today’s Jewish community, a community that is very different than it was 20 or 30 years ago.
Which is what prompted the survey we recently distributed to everyone. It is an exciting and critically important initiative, but we need as many people as possible to respond so we have a true reflection of the congregations’ thoughts and opinions. If you haven’t completed the survey, I urge you to do so. The survey will be available until June 8th. Your input will help guide our direction as we work our way through the coming years.
Obviously, we don’t have it all mapped out yet but we have begun work on the following initiatives.
Our number one priority is expanding our community and attracting new people.
Continuing work on rebuilding and re-energizing our school to help us attract young families.
Significantly improve our social media and online presence.
Actively seeking the most effective opportunities to advertise.
The reopening task force is meeting to discuss a full reopening.
There will be more – exactly what will depend on what you tell us in the survey. Overall, we are stronger and we are moving in an exciting, new direction.