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October 7, 2011  RSS feed
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Federation’s strategic planning for future is under way


Brian Rolfe heads the Strategic Planning Committee. Brian Rolfe heads the Strategic Planning Committee. The Strategic Planning Committee for the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties is proceeding to create a new roadmap for the community.

The Committee’s initial findings are:

• The Federation role – its mission and vision – need to be redefined

• The Federation is the convener of the community

• The Federation should encourage further synagogue and rabbinic collaborations

• The community agrees that an important part of the Federation’s role is to take care of Jews in need

• The Federation needs to develop its young leaders

• The Federation should look into other collaborative ventures within the region and at services that may be shared.

The last time Pinellas County went through such a planning process was more than 15 years ago.

“Many things have changed in this last decade and the time had come to create a strategic plan to help move us into the future,” said Brian Rolfe, committee chair.

The Committee’s preliminary work is based on more than a year’s worth of discussions.

On June 15, 16 and 17, a cross-sample of community members were asked to join the Strategic Planning Committee at one of three meetings with Debra Stein, a facilitator from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

Each of the meetings began with a review of a leadership phone survey taken in September 2010, when the Federation first discussed the strategic planning process idea. The 55 community leaders were asked four questions:

• What needs to change in the Pinellas Pasco Jewish Community in order to have a robust partnership of community leaders that effectively moves the community forward?

• What strengths exist in the Community that the Federation could “build on” to assure the success of future collaborations?

• What are the obstacles that the Federation will have to overcome in order to assure the success of future collaborations?

• What are the immediate, first steps, that the Federation has to undertake to build the partnerships necessary to assure the success of future collaborations

At the three meetings, community members grappled with the results of the survey and added their issues and concerns to the list.

On July 6, the Strategic Planning Committee met again to review the results of these meetings and to determine the long- and shortterm attainable goals, which could be implemented to move the community forward.

“Our biggest success at this point was having so many members of the community coming together to share their feelings and desire to help us in this process,” said Rolfe.

The committee consists of Brian Rolfe, chair; Sheldon Scheinert, Joan Benstock, Mark Katz, Jonathan Bowman, Elisabeth DaSilva, Ron Diner, Ellen Katzman, Sally Laufer, Rabbi Shmuel Reich, Toni Rinde, Bruce Orloff, Janice Roth, Debbie Sokolov, Abby Sterensis, and Bonnie Friedman.

Facilitator Debra Stein will continue assisting the Federation through the planning process. She has been a consultant with UJC and its predecessor organization, the Council of Jewish Federations, since 1989. Stein has also served as the executive director of a midsized federation. A social worker who received dual masters in social work and Jewish communal service from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Stein received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She brings many years of consultative experience to the planning process.

In upcoming editions of the Jewish Press, the Strategic Planning Committee will present its plan and vision for the Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Community in the future.


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