CBI hosted a group of more than forty five representatives of small synagogues from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York for a conference entitled New Horizons: A Summit for Small Congregations. The meeting, was held on Sunday, October 18th.
The group members were warmly greeted with the legendary CBI hospitality and a gourmet lunch created by our renowned chefs including Pam Lampell, Susan Tritter, Julie Leventon, Isabel Kaplan, Barbie Steinberg, and Paul Simon. Once “fueled”, the appreciative participants launched into discussions of various challenges to area small synagogues.
Dina Markind described the event as follows: “The program itself emphasized ways of moving forward with a recognition of the unique strengths of each congregation. The importance of defining a mission/vision was one of the motifs emphasized. It was pointed out that many small congregations struggle with day to day activities such as building maintenance. (And we discovered that we are not the only ones who struggle with such mundane issues as roof repairs!) So often the Board of Directors is so busy putting out metaphoric fires that it doesn’t have the opportunity to implement a meaningful vision.
That being said, and having served on boards in the past, I know the importance of having a clear mission statement with a vision that provides a compass for good decision making. I am gratified that CBI has embarked on developing and updating our mission statement.”
On completion of several lively sessions dealing with ways to create a visionary leadership team and financial sustainability the consensus was that the sharing and camaraderie created during the day made for a most successful Summit meeting. And the ambiance created by CBI was, no doubt, a significant factor in its success.