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188 North Prospect Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 864-0218

Imagine 2025

Ohavi Zedek's Long Range Strategic Plan

Imagine 2025:

Imagine 2025 began and continues to be inspired by Ohavi Zedek’s mission statement:

To provide a welcoming home for a diverse Jewish community, offering both traditional and innovative spiritual practice, learning for all ages and a commitment to social action.

Imagine 2025 strives to harness the power of “welcoming,” together with outstanding programming in the areas of religious practice, community learning, and social action, as foundations upon which to deepen congregants’ engagement and grow our community. You can review the most recent report here.

For more information or to become involved, please contact Yoram Samets.


Our previous strategic planning: Tikvah 2020:

In 2008, the leadership of Ohavi Zedek undertook the ambitious project of understanding where we, as a congregation, see ourselves in the coming years. This project was dubbed “Tikvah 2020,” and resulted in a clearer vision of where we want to be in the year 2020, and how we will get there.

We are excited to report that many of the recommendations from the Tikvah 2020 process have already been implemented. To name just a few:

  • We offer a variety of Shabbat services
  • We have a strong Adult Education committee
  • Our membership is growing
  • Our focus on social action has found expression in the wonderful work of the Shalom Shuk and in our providing space for English classes for refugees in our community
  • We have a full-time Executive Director and a part-time cantorial position
  • All income and expenses (including committee work) are now clearly and transparently part of our operating budget

The Tikvah 2020 process also resulted in the creation of a document which many volunteers have been working to transform into a clear and cohesive strategic plan. This work is now complete and was ratified by the Board of Directors in February, 2013. The full plan is available at the link below for your review. This is envisioned to be a living, working document that will continue to change and evolve. We invite all members of OZ to review both the goals booklet which summarizes the main report and the full document as well.

Tikvah 2020 Goals Booklet: contains a summary of the overarching goals determined by Tikvah 2020.

Tikvah 2020 Full Report: contains all of the original recommendations reorganized into a clear and cohesive strategic plan.

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