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.