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Strategic Planning Task Force

       Arthur Frankel, Chair
           Ruth Lefton, Co-Chair
      Greta Wrigley, Co-Chair

4/14/2021 - An updated message from our Chairs...                

Dear Fellow Congregants,

We want to share with you where we are in the strategic planning process. 

Multiple initiatives are being explored by all three of our action teams - 1) Connection, 2) Compassion, and 3) Culture and Arts. Our action teams are built around who we are at Beth Sholom. Each initiative will identify ways to reconnect to each other, our fellow congregants, as well as to our greater community. Once these initiatives have been developed, they will be presented to the entire strategic planning committee. Three initiatives will be chosen by the committee for presentation to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  

The Bylaws and Governance Committee continues to work on updating the Bylaws in order to better represent our congregation now. I anticipate that by late Spring or early Summer we will have a revised document to present to the Executive Committee. Once approved, it will move on to the Board of Directors for its approval. The Bylaws will then be sent out to the congregation for its consideration. A presentation(s) of the Bylaws will be scheduled with the congregation so that enough time is allotted for everyone to have their questions/comments answered/addressed. Finally, each member of the congregation will have an opportunity to vote for or against the changes.

It is our pleasure working with so many dedicated members of our congregation in this process. We will continue to keep you updated.

Arthur Frankel
Ruth Lefton
Greta Wrigley

A message from our Chair...                

Dear Congregants,

This past summer we commenced the development of a new strategic plan for Beth Sholom Congregation. The plan will be the culmination of work of countless congregants and administrators. The initiatives will guide our efforts to ensure a thriving congregation for the 21st century. 

We launched this webpage to keep you fully apprised of the status of the strategic plan as well as to provide background regarding the plan’s leadership and structure. We will frequently update the site to keep you abreast of the ongoing work of the Culture, Compassion, and Connection Action Teams. When the strategic plan is completed it will be presented to the board for approval. Once approved, which we expect will be sometime this summer, we will utilize this page to provide updates on its implementation.

I hope you find this webpage useful and that you will be as inspired as I am about the progress we have made already. As always, you can provide any feedback or comments to me at

Warm regards,
Arthur Frankel

Click on the image below to learn more about our work:

Strategic Planning Action Teams

Culture and Arts
Connie Clarke, Chair
Cantor Jacob Agar
Julie Atchick
Drew Friedman
David Gordon
Harvey Guttmann
Robin Katz
Donna Levin
Fred Poritsky
Simon Rosen
Anne Rubin
Mimi Schneirov
Ira Rosenbloom, Chair
Leah Brommer
Rich Heller
Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin
Sarah Levin
Jonathan Magen
Beverly McFadden
Danielle Otero
Andrea Otto
Beth Porter
Tony Pomeranz
Ken Shear
Marvin Weinberg
Greta Wrigley
Sherri Leibowitz, Chair
Ruth Bluethenthal-Appel 
Amy Brewstein
Rene Feitelson
Sue Kassutto
Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin
Elisa Mindlin
Carol Nemeroff
Jeannette Norris 
Nina Russakoff
Stacey Salsman
Donna Spector
Stuart Warsetsky  
Bylaws and Governance
Shelley Hittinger, Chair
Fern Billet
Amy Cuker
Arthur Frankel
Bill Loy
Ruth Lefton, Chair
Drew Friedman
Robin Minkoff
Danielle Otero
Ira Rosenbloom
Greta Wrigley

Strategic Planning Structure

Strategic Planning Consultant: Rabbi Hayim Herring

   21st Century thriving congregations are entrepreneurial, know how to anticipate and enact their most desired           future, and  communicate transparently across multiple social media channels. They also tap into the diverse         generational perspectives of Gen Zers, Millennials, Gen Xers, Boomers, and Super Seniors to navigate a               complex world.

   Beth Sholom’s Strategic Planning Process will not only produce innovations but has already some                     fundamental change  designed to help Beth Sholom thrive. Strategic Planning Committee members and an             expanded pool of congregants fullyengaged in developing a new focused direction.

To read more about Rabbi Herring click here.

To read Rabbi Herring's articles about building synagogues/ strength in the post-COVID era click here and here.

Sat, June 12 2021 2 Tammuz 5781