Background

Jewish communal life is being transformed locally and nationally by changing demographics, views about Jewish identity and practice, and shifting levels and forms of affiliation. The Greater St. Paul Jewish community undertook a community planning process to understand what this means for our community and how we set strategic priorities informed by reliable data and input from across the community. Our goal is to build, strengthen and sustain our community over the next decades.   

To begin, 350 St. Paul Jewish community members participated in 37 facilitated Listening Sessions and discussed what they value in the community and their concerns. A Leadership Team of agency executives, lay leaders and rabbis reviewed the Listening Session data and chose five community priorities, as well as a guiding principle, for the community to address.

Research and Recommendation Panels are meeting to explore how the community can make these priorities a reality. Each panel is evaluating the current state of affairs, examining how other Jewish and non-Jewish communities have approached the issue, and consulting with individuals with deep experience on the topic.  

The panels will recommend realistic goals and a path to achieve them. Federation has assembled an Implementation Committee to review proposals for funding to execute our recommendations. 

 

Please read the Community Planning Process Findings Executive Summary for a detailed discussion of the Listening Session process, data and analysis.

Background

 

Jewish communal life is being transformed locally and nationally by changing demographics, views about Jewish identity and practice, and shifting levels and forms of affiliation. The Greater St. Paul Jewish community undertook a community planning process to understand what this means for our community and how we set strategic priorities informed by reliable data and input from across the community. Our goal is to build, strengthen and sustain our community over the next decades.   

 

To begin, 350 St. Paul Jewish community members participated in 37 facilitated Listening Sessions and discussed what they value in the community and their concerns. A Leadership Team of agency executives, lay leaders and rabbis reviewed the Listening Session data and chose five community priorities, as well as a guiding principle, for the community to address.

 

Research and Recommendation Panels are meeting to explore how the community can make these priorities a reality. Each panel is evaluating the current state of affairs, examining how other Jewish and non-Jewish communities have approached the issue, and consulting with individuals with deep experience on the topic.  

 

The panels will recommend realistic goals and a path to achieve them. Federation has assembled an Implementation Committee to review proposals for funding to execute our recommendations. 

 

Please read the Community Planning Process Findings Executive Summary for a detailed discussion of the Listening Session process, data and analysis. 

Currently, information about the panels working on our community’s 5 Priorities is up-to-date. If you would like alerts about our progress, please send your name and email address to 5priorities@stpaulfed.org.  

 

Questions? Contact us at 5priorities@stpaulfed.org.

Steering Committee

Randi Roth, chair

Wendy Baldinger

Jean King

Susan Minsberg

Jon Parritz

Mary Ann Barrows Wark

 

Project Managers

Nora Murphy, Panel Facilitator

David Milavetz, Panel Coordinator

 

Leadership Team

Rabbi Morris Allen 

Tracy Arnold    

Jennifer Bagdade

Rabbi Shlomo Bendet 

Barbara Brooks    

Rabbi Jeremy Fine 

Ted Flaum    

Burt Garr 

Barry R. Glaser 

Leslie Hahn 

Tom Cytron-Hysom    

Steve Hunegs 

Miriam Itzkowitz    

Benjie Kaplan

Jean King 

Barbara Lehmann

William Lipschultz

Rhoda Mains    

Louis Newman 

Jeff Oberman 

Betsy Rest

Sally Silk

Steve Shaller

Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker 

Jeff Tane    

Michael Waldman 

Rabbi Asher Zeilingold

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