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January 27, 2020

01/28/2020 09:02:45 AM

Jan28

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 01/26/2020

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between our congregations about our potential merger and the process to take to make that happen was distributed to both congregations last week.  A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is an agreement between two or more parties outlined in a formal document. It is not legally binding but...Read more...

January 20, 2020

01/28/2020 09:01:30 AM

Jan28

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 01/20/2020

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...Read more...

January 13, 2020 - Ambassadors' Report

01/28/2020 08:59:45 AM

Jan28

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 01/13/2020

 

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...Read more...

January 6, 2020 - Ambassadors' Report

01/14/2020 09:43:12 AM

Jan14

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 01/06/2020

 

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...Read more...

December 30, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

01/03/2020 04:12:14 PM

Jan3

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 12/30/2019

 

Members of both congregations are invited to the Finance Task Force open meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the Temple Emanu-El Schlanger Chapel. If you have financial questions that relate to the talks between Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Or Chadash, please plan to attend. There will be task force...Read more...

December 16, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

12/17/2019 09:04:13 AM

Dec17

 

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 12/16/2019

The Ambassadors are preparing a memorandum of understanding between our two congregations that will outline the elements of a merged congregation and the steps to be taken to move us to this new entity after approval by both congregations.  We will of course seek advice from...Read more...

December 6, 2019 - Letter to Congregants

12/16/2019 02:10:04 PM

Dec16

Letter from Temple President Scott K. Arden re: Transitions and Changes

 

December 6, 2019

Dear Congregant,

With the end of 2019 approaching, it’s a good time to catch you up on topics of interest.

Rabbinic Transition: The Temple Emanu-El Board of Directors voted at its...Read more...

December 9, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

12/16/2019 02:07:21 PM

Dec16

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 12/9/2019

The Ambassadors created eight task forces to actively envision what a merger of our congregations would look like, identify any hurdles that would conflict with this future, and provide possible solutions to these issues. Six of these task forces will be reporting to our congregations during November and early December in order for...Read more...

December 8, 2019 - Clergy Task Force Powerpoint

12/16/2019 02:04:50 PM

Dec16

December 8, 2019 - Clergy Task Force Report

12/16/2019 02:03:27 PM

Dec16

Clergy Taskforce Summary

Sunday, December 8, 2019

 

Rabbi Jose said: Dispose yourself to learn Torah, for it is not an inheritance, and let...Read more...

December 8, 2019 - Worship Task Force Powerpoint

12/16/2019 01:59:55 PM

Dec16

December 8, 2019 - Worship Task Force Report

12/16/2019 01:57:38 PM

Dec16

Task Force – Worship Report

December 8, 2018 Town Halls

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...Read more...

December 2, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

12/10/2019 08:49:27 AM

Dec10

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 12/02/2019

The Ambassadors met just prior to Thanksgiving to review our last Town Hall meetings where the Religious School and Facilities Task Forces reported their findings.  Reminder, the final reports and presentations are posted to our synagogue websites.  Along with Rabbi David Fine of the URJ, we discussed the necessary...Read more...

November 25, 2019 - Ambassadors' Progress Report

12/03/2019 01:46:59 PM

Dec3

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 11/25/2019

The Ambassadors will be meeting this week to review our last Town Hall meetings where the Religious School and Facilities Task Forces reported their findings.  Last week’s communication reviewed the information for you and remember, the final reports and presentations are posted to our synagogue websites. 

As we...Read more...

November 18, 2019 - Ambassadors' Progress Report

12/03/2019 01:45:35 PM

Dec3

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 11/18/2019

The Ambassadors created eight task forces to actively envision what a merger of our congregations would look like, identify any hurdles that would conflict with this future, and provide possible solutions to these issues. Six of these task forces are reporting to our congregations during November and early December in order for the...Read more...

November 11, 2019 - Ambassadors' Progress Report

12/03/2019 01:44:39 PM

Dec3

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 11/11/2019

The Ambassadors met last week to discuss the recent Town Hall meetings at both congregations on the same day (Sunday, November 3rd).  Each synagogue met at a separate time to review the reports submitted by the Finance and Governance Task Forces.  The Ambassadors were pleased with the presentations and lively conversation...Read more...

November 11, 2019 - Facilities Task Force Powerpoint

11/20/2019 10:56:03 AM

Nov20

November 11, 2019 - Facilities Task Force Report

11/20/2019 10:54:11 AM

Nov20

November 11, 2019 - Religious School Task Force Powerpoint

11/20/2019 10:52:46 AM

Nov20

November 11, 2019 - Religious School Task Force Report

11/20/2019 10:50:30 AM

Nov20

Task Force Report

Religious School Task Force

November 14, 2019

 

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...Read more...

November 4, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

11/20/2019 10:48:45 AM

Nov20

Talks between Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash - Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 11/04/2019

The Ambassadors created eight task forces to actively envision what a merger of our congregations would look like, identify any hurdles that would conflict with this future, and provide possible solutions to these issues. Six of these task forces will be reporting to our congregations during November and early December in order for...Read more...

November 3 - Joint Governance Task Force Powerpoint

11/20/2019 10:43:12 AM

Nov20

November 3, 2019 - Governance Task Force Report

11/20/2019 10:42:33 AM

Nov20

Task Force – Governance Report

Task Force members: Harriet Kronman and Howard Paley from Congregation Or Chadash (OC); Simon Rosenblatt, and Mona Gibson from Temple Emanu-El (TE) and member of Ambassadors Group.

Background: This Task Force was formed to review what governance would look like in a congregation created by the merging of current OC and TE congregations, to identify any issues or hurdles that might cause a...Read more...

November 3, 2019 - Finance Task Force Report

11/20/2019 10:35:05 AM

Nov20

Executive Summary

Temple Emanu-El/ Or Chadash Finance Task Force Report

Congregation Or Chadash: Gary Kippur (First VP) and Mark Ross (Treasurer)

Temple Emanu-El: Scott Arden (President), Jeff Rein (Treasurer), Jerry Cohen (VP)

The finance task force members first signed a non-disclosure agreement in Spring, 2019, and then reviewed the budgets and...Read more...

November 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

11/20/2019 10:33:15 AM

Nov20

Ambassadors’ Report

November 2019

November Monthly Report

NOTE: Please see upcoming Town Hall Meetings dates and list of members of the Task Forces at the end of the column.

At our Ambassadors meeting, held on the evening after Yom Kippur, we discussed some of the common questions raised by our congregants, both in group meetings and on an individual basis.  One such theme was the concern regarding...Read more...

October 28, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

11/20/2019 10:29:50 AM

Nov20

Ambassadors’ Report

For the week of 10/28/2019

The Ambassadors’ reports earlier this month explored the national and local trends that spurred Congregation Or Chadash and Temple Emanu-El to begin a conversation about increased collaboration and considering a path toward a merger. 

We entered these talks to explore if we’d be stronger together than apart.  We formed task forces to create a clear picture...Read more...

October 24, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

11/20/2019 10:28:45 AM

Nov20

In last week’s report, the Ambassadors explained the national and local trends weakening synagogue affiliation. This resulting decrease in membership places a financial burden on our congregations and limits the services and programming we are able to provide.

However, Or Chadash and Temple have a history of sharing core values, sharing in the vision of Reform Judaism and sharing a love of worship, music, youth engagement and social...Read more...

October 14, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

11/20/2019 10:27:20 AM

Nov20

At our last Ambassadors meeting, held on the evening after Yom Kippur, we discussed some of the common questions raised by our congregants both in group meetings and on an individual basis. One such theme was the concern regarding whether it was necessary for our congregations to begin this conversation in the first place. When we began down this road, we researched both national and local trends. We also spoke to lay leaders of congregations...Read more...

October 1, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

11/20/2019 10:25:42 AM

Nov20

One of our efforts to offer joint programming for Congregation Or Chadash and Temple Emanu-El was the Second Day Rosh Hashanah services. Rabbi Louchheim and Rabbi Appel led services together. Many congregants from Or Chadash joined Temple in services on Tuesday, and all together we were nearly 100 individuals sharing in a wonderful experience. Several of the Ambassadors were able to attend services, and we enjoyed being a part of the...Read more...

October 2019 - Ambassadors' Progress Report

11/20/2019 10:24:07 AM

Nov20

Temple Emanu-El and Or Chadash Ambassadors’ Progress Report – October 2019 Edition

 

The Ambassadors of Congregation Or Chadash and Temple Emanu-El met in early September and are on a brief hiatus till after Yom Kippur.   At the last meeting we discussed our communication strategy, working to provide information to our congregations in writing on both a weekly and monthly basis.  At this time, all of...Read more...

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