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Shaping Our Future at Temple Isaiah

Shaping our Future at Temple Isaiah (SOF@TI) is focused on creating our congregational vision and ultimately a strategic plan.

Temple Isaiah has had a proud and robust history for over sixty years, and SOF@TI is our opportunity to ensure this continues for decades to come. Even before the pandemic disrupted so much, many changes in the environment in which Temple Isaiah operates were already occurring. From shifting patterns of where Jewish households settle to changing perspectives on religion, it has become abundantly clear that what it means to be a temple and a Jewish community is shifting for populations we serve.  Our project will be organized in key three phases: Discovery, Design, and Drafting a Vision.

The key to the SOF@TI project and creating a vision for our temple is to take a step back and reflect on the questions:

What do I want from my congregation and synagogue?
As Temple Isaiah's community, what are our collective priorities and needs?
Which of those needs are currently well met and addressed and which, if any, are not?

The SOF@TI team welcomes all inputs so please reach out to us with questions, thoughts, ideas, your input and voice at futurevision@templeisaiah.net, or by voicemail on 800-419-5250.

We don’t yet know where the Future Vision will take us, but we do know that Isaiah is a diverse, vibrant, wonderful community with passionate members who care deeply about its legacy. Together, we will build a bright and meaningful future!

Karyn Cohen, Project Co-Lead
Dan Ostrower, Project Co-Lead, First VP

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PROJECT KICKOFF

In February 2021, our temple president announced the Temple Isaiah Future Vision project, and we held two Zoom informational sessions for community members to learn about SOF@TI:

Announcing the Future Vision Project (February 12, 2021)
Kickoff Presentation Slides

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DISCOVERY

During the first part of the project, Discovery, we held 35 individual interviews plus focus groups totaling more than 65 participants with a variety of members and non-members to listen and learn. We heard some common themes and a variety of unique perspectives. We learned a tremendous amount about why and how you want to connect with Jewish identity, live your Jewish values, be part of a thriving community and cared for and inspired by others. And there is more to learn in the upcoming phases of our work.

The outcomes of the Discovery phase will inform both the future vision for our community and our rabbinic search. The results of this initial phase were shared at special congregational Zoom meetings in May and June 2021. In case you missed those meetings, you can view the presentation slides by clicking the image to the right, and you can listen to some themes that we shared in this short video.

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DESIGN

During the Design phase, community members collaboratively brainstormed via IdeaBoardz, email, and phone.  The SOF@TI team then distilled the ideas and utilized a community-wide survey to test the importance and satisfaction of select needs as well as the attractiveness of key concepts and delivery models.  Initial survey results were shared at the August 2021 Temple Board meeting, and you can view the presentation here.

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VISION

Coming Soon...

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Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782