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September 10, 2019 - Ambassadors' Progress Report

11/20/2019 10:21:23 AM


Ambassadors’ Progress Report

The Ambassadors are leaders from both Temple Emanu-El Tucson and Congregation Or Chadash charged with considering how we might benefit from joining together, to carefully consider what would be involved in such a process and to communicate with our Boards and with our congregants about our conversations and activities. The Ambassadors from Temple Emanu-El are Scott Arden, Mona Gibson, Steve Tofel, Joe Millstone and Brie Finegold. The Or Chadash Ambassadors are Elaine Jones, Ben Vogel, Dana Adler and Gary Kippur. We've been meeting every two weeks and we've conducted meetings with our congregants as well. Our last meeting was on Thursday, September 5th. Our next meeting will be immediately after Yom Kippur.

We have 8 task forces (with representative members from both congregations) meeting to talk about specific areas that would be involved in joining together (as recommended by our URJ consultant): 1) Facilities 2) Governance 3) Worship 4)Finance 5) Rabbinic 6) Communications 7) Joint Programming and 8) Religious Schools. The purpose of the taskforces is not to plan exactly how our future together might unfold, rather, their reports will provide our congregations with sufficient information to vote on next steps. The reports will be completed in October and presented to our congregants at each synagogue in Nov/Dec, in preparation for decision making in January 2020. We aim for congregants to make the important decisions using all available information.

In the Meantime, we are continuing with joint programming to get better acquainted. Temple Emanu-El is extending an invitation to Congregation Or Chadash for Second Day Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday, October 1 at 10 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Rabbi Appel and Rabbi Louchheim will conduct those services together. Other joint programming is planned between our Sisterhoods, Social Justice Committees, and Religious Schools.

We created an email specifically for congregants questions or comments;


L’Shanah Tova,

Elaine Jones, PhD

President, Congregation Or Chadash


Scott K. Arden,

President, Temple Emanu-El

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