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October 28, 2019 - Ambassadors' Report

11/20/2019 10:29:50 AM


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 of what our future may look like, and to delineate the benefits and risks.  In the coming weeks, before anything is decided or any vote is cast by our congregants, we will distribute findings so that everyone can make an informed decision on whether or not to continue along this path.  This team is committed to transparency to help every congregant understand the reasons for proposing a merger, the problems with the alternatives to a merger, the path that has been taken to get to this point and the visioning process for moving forward.

In November, the first reports from the task forces will be distributed to the congregations.  The schedule of upcoming Town Hall meetings is provided below.  At these meetings our goal is to review and to discuss each report.  Our congregants will have opportunities to learn more about each topic and to be fully informed before any vote is taken.  We will publish meeting reminders via our weekly email communications; and we’ll post the schedule on our websites.

11/03/2019 – Finance and Governance

11/17/2019 – Religious School and Facilities

12/08/2019 – Worship and Clergy

These Town Hall meetings will be from 11 – 12:00 pm at Or Chadash and 1-2 pm at Temple Emanu-El.  Members of each task force will attend the meetings to review and discuss their findings.

Thank you for the commitment and passion that you bring to this conversation.  And please feel free to share your thoughts and comments by writing to our shared email account at 

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