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Organizational Development

Organizational Development

What's the deal with Kehilla's Organizational Development?

Kehilla is working to improve its organization, and we need your input! For a quick summary, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. For a longer summary check out the recording of the February 28th info-session put on the OD committee, or the slides that accompanied the presentation. 

Kehilla Community Synagogue has begun the search for consultants to guide a congregation-wide organizational development project.  Of course Kehilla congregants will be involved in every state of this essential project. 

Kehilla’s membership growth and ambitions have outsized our capacity and so the work ahead is to help the organization evaluate its current condition and desires, set priorities and align its staffing, organizational design, and resources. 

As members we have diverse needs and desires, and our synagogue has not been adequately staffed or structured to meet this growth. Many of us seek more from our community, including a more inclusive culture of belonging, an organizational structure that enables staff and members to thrive, more programming for families, support for activism, more time with spiritual leaders, and other needs yet to be determined. 

We have been working to change our culture in order to attract and create belonging for all members. To do this, we need to engage in repair from institutional and interpersonal harms, and rethink Kehilla as we know it with structures that help serve our congregation as we continue to push back against habits of white supremacy, classism, ableism, and other forms of oppression.

We are seeking to submit proposals, so please share the Request for Proposals (RFP) with any consultants you know who might be interested.  Proposals are due by Tuesday, February 6, 2024. 

The OD Committee plans to select a consultant by the end of March, after which the consultant will begin soliciting member input to the process.  If you would like to learn more about this effort and how you might become further involved, please contact Note that at this stage, we are especially in need of volunteers that have experience in strategic planning, organizational development, facilitation, communications, consultant search efforts, event planning, interviewing, and the like. Going forward there will be opportunities for everyone to participate and contribute to this effort.

Your Organizational Development Committee:

Lia Barrow, Lynn Bravewomon, Stephanie Hochman, Susala Kisber, Lisa Korwin, Ruthie Levin, Julie Litwin, Beth Sauerhaft, and Michael Saxe-Taller 

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