What is Shared Vision?
In 2005, our congregation embarked on a journey of self-discovery. Over the course of 2 ½ years, we asked ourselves three questions:
What do we do?
How do we behave?
What is our dream?
To find the answers, we engaged our community in a series of conversations – some in large groups, some small focus groups, some individual discussions, surveys and questionnaires. Over 550 individuals participated. We discovered consensus for each of these questions. Together, we carefully looked at the words we would use to articulate what we heard. Eventually, after testing the wording with many congregants, our Board of Trustees formally – and unanimously – adopted our “Shared Vision.”
Here is our shared vision:
Our Core Purpose (What we do):
To Nurture Jewish meaning, connection, continuity
Our Core Values (How we behave):
Open Hearts, Kedusha (Holiness), Derech Eretz (Common Decency)
Our BHAG (Big Holy Awesome Goal – What is our dream):
Every congregant pursues an individualized Jewish path. In so doing, the individual, the community, and the world become better.
For the last several years, our congregation has been on a journey to realize all parts of our shared vision. We strive to have everything we do serve as a vehicle to nurture Jewish meaning, connection, and continuity. We work diligently to treat each person we encounter with open hearts, with kedusha, and with derech eretz. As we walk this journey, our goal remains constant, to help each congregant pursue their own personal path.