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Beth Israel Congregation


2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan
Approved by Board of Directors 5/21/2015

Mission / Vission / Values / Goals
I. Outreach and Inclusion
II. Youth Religious School
III. Lifelong Education and Activities
IV. Worship, Shabbat, Holidays
V. Congregational Leadership
VI. Facilities Maintenance and Capital Improvements
VII. Synagogue Operations and Finance

II. Youth Religious School

Grow the religious school with a revitalized model that provides a meaningful and relevant Jewish foundation for children and their families.

  1. Expand participation in the Beth Israel religious education program by significant outreach to Jewish families in the greater Mid-Coast region.
    1. Create a Religious School Task Force and hold outreach meetings with area parents.
      • Determine weekday or Sunday meeting time and consider options for alternating locations between Bath and Brunswick.
    2. Contract with an area Jewish educator for school year 2015 - 2016 to enliven and support religious school sessions.
    3. Determine the best policy regarding non-members who wish to enroll their children in Religious School.
  2. Re-invigorate the practice of Religious School classes leading Shabbat services as congregation-wide events for enjoyment and celebration of our multi-generational community.
  3. Provide age appropriate programming from pre-school through B'nai Mitzvah years, including teaching of prayers, Hebrew and Jewish history, traditions, and culture.
    1. Engage a professional Jewish education consultant to develop a multi-year curriculum appropriate to each age level with traditional and contemporary elements incorporating arts, technology, active play, and annual "Jewish accomplishments".
    2. Provide multiple entry points that reach out to families "where they are" with innovative and flexible programming.
    3. Define responsibilities for the religious school director and ensure consistent oversight of all aspects of the ongoing program.
    1. Create flexible, child-centered family programs for our youngest children including tot-Shabbat, Jewish holiday celebrations and other events.
    For all age levels:
    1. Recognize and welcome Jewish learning and observance of families from all Jewish denominations and the observance practices in interfaith households.
    2. Integrate family learning opportunities and create follow-up activities for families to take home.
    3. Create joint learning opportunities across age groups to foster community and accentuate lifelong aspect of learning.
    4. Include social opportunities for children and for parents to develop community.
    5. Provide family opportunities for tikkun olam in the Jewish and greater community.
    Bar/Bat Mitzvah
    1. Provide support to students and families that recognizes traditional and alternate approaches to the celebration of B'nai Mitzvah and adapts to the interests and individuality of each family.
      • Update Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook.
    2. Integrate practices that promote both family participation and broad congregational involvement in B'nai Mitzvah services.
    1. Include teens in planning of congregational events that engage multi-generation participation.
    2. Coordinate fun, meaningful social and educational activities each year that engage teens with their peers locally, statewide and through national Jewish youth organizations.