Strategic Planning Task Force

Federation Plans for the Future

By Judy Usow (Federation president) and Ed Udel (task force chair)

We are pleased to share that the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires is embarking upon an exciting and critically-important strategic planning initiative. The Board of Directors, cognizant of our Jewish community’s changing demographics, has authorized a thorough and thoughtful process to determine how to best meet our evolving needs and make the very best use of our community’s resources in order to sustain a vibrant Jewish future for the Berkshires.

A strategic planning task force has been formed to work with a professional consultant to produce a strategic plan that will help guide the Federation’s programming and activities over the next three to five years.

The task force is composed of board members and other community volunteers who have a solid knowledge of our mission and who represent the different constituencies within our Berkshire Jewish community.

Beginning in late June and over the summer into September, the task force, with the help of our consultant, will be reaching out to the community to seek input from a wide sampling of constituents and stakeholders using online surveys, focus groups, personal interviews, and other approaches.

We are committed to ensuring that our work is informed by the diversity of our broader Jewish community - including full-time and part-time residents, young adults and seniors, individuals and families, unaffiliated individuals, and those in interfaith relationships.

If you are contacted by our strategic planning task force and are asked for input, please respond and help the Federation to make the best use of the resources that you so generously provide each year by supporting our annual campaign.

We hope to present our recommendations to Federation's Board of Directors by the end of the year.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of our work together, and we welcome your participation.