So like every place else, we have a few glories and an abundance of could be betters. They have to come to terms with the Women Thing, AKSE's perpetual Achilles Heel. The kiddush crew seems pretty well established and Sisterhood initiatives raise money and create an element of gender camaraderie. But that's not the core mission of our synagogue. On a broader perspective, making the various activities attractive enough for people not already there to show up, or at least minimize attrition of people who used to show up but no longer do, needs to be a very high priority. As the great Chacham Woody Allen noted, "Showing up is 80% of life." I show up a lot less than I once did.
So some real suggestions:
- Get the committees in order and list them on the Web site along with contact information.
- Invite people to do things.
- Have a really candid and private discussion with the Rabbi on what his vision for advancing the congregation is and make that publicly available either from the bimah or from the Web Site.
- Solicit feedback from the defectors.
- A few Golden Handshakes to VP's who do not have a meaningful agenda.
- Take attendance.