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 (JEC) includes members of the Executive Committees of the Board of Directors of both Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Or Chadash. JEC has begun to meet at least weekly to discuss issues relevant to fulfilling the mandate of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) approved by both congregations February 9, 2020, in order to move forward together to become a new congregation.
The meetings from the past two weeks include updates on the following issues:
Governance: Bylaws for the proposed new congregation are based on integrating the current bylaws of both congregations with the goal of streamlining as much as possible. Many of the policies currently included were eliminated so the incoming Board could have responsibility in determining its approach. The proposed Bylaws also address the transitional period. The JEC reviewed in detail the draft proposed by congregants Amelia Cramer and Audrey Brooks. A newer version will be submitted to each Board for their input and review this month.
Finance: Gary Kippur, Mark Ross, and Jeff Rein reviewed the presentation that will be given at the upcoming Town Hall. The JEC asked many questions to ensure the information on congregants’ minds will be readily available in the presentation.
Facilities: Steve Tofel reviewed the presentation that his committee will give at the upcoming Town Hall. Many of the issues regarding our facilities was discussed.
Vision and Naming: The proposed names for the new congregation will be sent to our congregants for input and voting.
Town Halls: The second Virtual Town Hall is planned for this Sunday, November 22nd, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; presentations from the Finance and Facilities committees will take place. Keep a look out for communication providing details on how to attend.
We want to know your thoughts, ideas and vision for our new congregation.
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 […]