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October 2019 - Ambassadors' Progress Report

11/20/2019 10:24:07 AM


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 the task forces have met at least once, and are at different stages of completion.  We will review their reports as they become available.  As a reminder, the first wave of task forces created are the following:  1) Facilities, 2) Governance, 3) Worship, 4) Finance, 5) Rabbinic, 6) Communications, 7) Joint Programming, and 8) Religious Schools.  Each task force is comprised of individuals from each congregation; and their charge is to envision the benefits and issues that could occur by joining together.  We will communicate their findings by the end of 2019, and provide you with this information by email and in Town Hall meetings.  Our small focus group meetings are to listen to you and hear your observations.


An outcome of the Joint Programming task force is Temple Emanu-El’s invitation to Congregation Or Chadash to Second Day Rosh Hashanah services on Tuesday, October 1 at 10 am.  Rabbi Appel and Rabbi Louchheim will conduct the services together, and we look forward to sharing an important part of the High Holy Days with each other.  Our sisterhoods (Or Chadash Sisterhood and Temple’s WRJ) held a successful and very enjoyable Fashion Show which featured outstanding women of both congregations.  Additional joint programming is planned between our Social Justice/Social Action Committees and Religious School classes.


As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.  Please feel free to send us an email at:

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