On Sunday, January 17th, 2021, each member unit of Congregation Or Chadash received an invitation to vote electronically on the Plan of Consolidation (PoC). You can view the PoC and its supporting documents here.
Our collaboration with Temple Emanu-El has gone through several stages. On this page, you can view the documents and reports from each of those stages, as well as read the most recent updates from the Joint Executive Committee.
The Joint Executive Committee, which includes members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of both Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Or Chadash, have continued to meet for the purpose of moving our communities toward being a new congregation.
At this week’s meeting, our consultant Rabbi David Wolfman presented communication norms and a conflict resolution process. Our steering committees, formerly the Ambassadors and now the Joint Executive Committee, have developed good relationships and a foundation of trust to work on building a new congregation. The proposed process helps us to determine what level of conflict an issue presents and how to resolve differences in the most appropriate manner. Information from our currently formed sub-committees about the work underway includes the following:
Vision/Naming (Scott Arden)
- team includes members of both congregations, kick-off meeting held.
- team to make use of data from Listen/Shape/Share campaign.
Listen/Shape/Share (Beverly Sandock)
- facilitators and notetakers (a.k.a. scribes) organized and training to be scheduled soon.
- three-minute video distributed to congregations.
- looking for participation from many congregants of both congregations to capture all voices.
Youth Education (Rina Liebeskind and Seth Ruskin)
- developing protocol for returning to school in a virtual and/or on-site setting.
- began communications with families.
- social programs planned for students/families to get to know each other.
Facilities (Steve Tofel)
- former task force members invited to participate in new committee.
- will review pending facility’s issues and establish reasonable priorities.
Innovative Practices (Rabbi Louchheim)
- developing committee for representation of both congregations.
There will be multiple opportunities for you to be involved and to have your voice heard. We want to know your thoughts, ideas, and vision for our new congregation. Please contact your congregation’s president to advise Scott Arden/Elaine Jones of your interest by sending an email to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for your commitment and the passion you bring to our congregation!
Mona L Gibson, Temple Emanu-El, IPP.
Introduction to the Task Force Reports
In early 2019, the Boards of Directors of Congregation Or Chadash and Temple Emanu-El initiated discussions between representatives of each congregation (“Ambassadors”) to consider a possible future together under two scenarios:
- Continued or increased collaborations in targeted areas, such as Religious School and Sisterhood.
- A future merger with analysis of potential positive outcomes, negative aspects and possible strategies to address barriers to successful merger.
In August 2019, with the guidance of Rabbi Fine of URJ, we populated eight (8) task forces to explore key aspects of the two scenarios. 1) Finance 2) Governance 3) Facilities 4) Religious School 5) Worship 6) Clergy 7) Communications 8) Joint Programming. The reports for the first six will be sent out to congregations ahead of town halls as follows: There will be no reports from Communications or Joint Programming as these dealt with ongoing activities not with projections about our future.
Sunday, Nov 3: Finance and Governance reports at Or Chadash 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and at Temple Emanu-El 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov 17: Facilities and Religious Schools at Or Chadash 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and at Temple Emanu-El 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Sunday Dec 8: Worship and Clergy at Or Chadash 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and at Temple Emanu-El 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Please click on the tabs below to read the Finance and Governance reports.
Task Force Reports
Rabbi Jose said: Dispose yourself to learn Torah, for it is not an inheritance, and let your actions be for the sake of Heaven. (Pirke Avot 2:12) Just because your parents were scholars or that you once learned Torah does not exempt yourself from exerting yourself to learn more of the deep values of God. […]
Task Force members: From Congregation Or Chadash (OC) – Cantor Janece Cohen, Sarah Bollt, Kathylynn Saboda, Susan Winkler. From Temple Emanu-El (TE) – Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, Harold Blatter, Andy Iventosch, Amy Ruskin. Representing Ambassadors – Elaine Jones, Dana Adler, and Mona L. Gibson. Background: This Task Force was formed to review what the worship […]
Click here to view the PowerPoint. Task Force Attendees: Rina Liebeskind, Or Chadash Exec. Admin & Director of Youth Engagement Jill Sobieszyk, 3rd-4th gr. Or Chadash RS Teacher Suzie Stadheim, 4th & 7th gr. Or Chadash Parent Abby Limmer, Temple Emanu-El Kurn Religious School Director Allison Neja, 6th gr. Temple Emanu-El Teacher, 5th gr. Parent […]
Click here to view the full report. Below is the Executive Summary. In early 2019, the Boards of Directors of both Or Chadash and Temple Emanu-El initiated discussion between representatives of each congregation (hereafter, “Ambassadors”) to discuss what a future state might look like under two Scenarios: Continue more of the same targeted collaboration (Religious […]
Introduction to the Ambassadors' Reports
The Ambassadors completed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between our congregations about our potential merger and the process to take to make that happen. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is an agreement between two or more parties outlined in a formal document. It is not legally binding but signals the willingness of the parties to […]
We’ve been busy since the 2nd meeting with the Finance Task Force on January 6! The Ambassadors met to review our status, the current draft of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between our congregations, and the process necessary to continue toward a potential merger. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is an agreement between two or […]
Members of both congregations attended the Finance Task Force open meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the Temple Emanu-El Schlanger Chapel. Approximately 90 people were present to ask financial questions relating to the talks between Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Or Chadash. Elaine Jones and Scott Arden, Presidents of Or Chadash and Temple […]
The calendar year of 2019 was significant for our synagogues and a pivotal time for our collective future. During this season of reflection and celebration, we hope you had a Happy Chanukah and a safe secular New Year celebration. During January, the Ambassadors will prepare a memorandum of understanding between our two congregations that will […]