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Your chance to shape Liberal Judaism’s future

26th June 2013

BUILDING ON the Liberal Judaism ‘Away Day’ held in January, the Board of National Officers has decided to produce a Strategic Plan for Liberal Judaism. The plan will set out the movement’s overall direction for the next 10 years and how it will go about achieving this vision. It will be a brief and succinct document, which will only include key information such as Liberal Judaism’s main objectives, priorities, roles and responsibilities.

In putting together this plan, Liberal Judaism will not be starting from scratch or ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’. Instead the movement will seek to build on its existing successful activities and the learning it has gained from them.

Liberal Judaism’s chairman and chief executive, Lucian J Hudson and Rabbi Danny Rich, recognise that this Strategic Plan can serve many different purposes. These include: ensuring that everyone is moving in the same direction; allowing an organisation to anticipate and respond to change in a planned way; acting as a tool for internal and external communication; providing a framework for accountability and performance management; ensuring consistency in decision-making; and providing a basis for the effective allocation of resources.

Lucian, who is now four years into his term as chairman, believes that this is the right time for the movement to focus on its longer-term vision and work through its priorities.

He said: "Clarity of purpose and consistent messages about priorities are particularly important in an organisation like Liberal Judaism. We have a geographically dispersed membership and are made up of autonomous congregations. We are governed by a network of different bodies, meeting on varying cycles, and in which work is undertaken by both paid staff and volunteers with many interests. I am confident that we could have even more impact and influence, and stay true to our values, if we organise ourselves more proactively."

The Board of National Officers has commissioned Pam Fox, an experienced management consultant and member of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, to facilitate the process for producing the Strategic Plan. A key aspect of this process will be the involvement of as many people as possible.

Following on from her successful sessions at the Day of Celebration, Pam will be using a variety of methods for seeking views on the future direction of Liberal Judaism. The Chairs’ Forum has already embraced the initiative enthusiastically and its members are devising innovative ways of engaging with their congregations.

The key stages in the production of the Strategic Plan will be:

Preparation (May – July): This first step is already under way and involves initial discussions within LJ, as well as learning lessons from the successes and failures of similar organisations. Relevant structures and processes are being set up, including a ‘working group’ made up of key stakeholders to oversee and provide leadership during the strategy development process.

Consultation on the content of the LJ Strategic Plan (July – September): At this point, both internal and external stakeholders will be contacted to seek their views on the future direction of Liberal Judaism. A variety of techniques will be used to reach different audiences.

Producing an initial draft (September – November): A visioning exercise will be held to generate proposals on the content of the Strategic Plan, which will be discussed and lead to a draft document.

Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan (January – February 2014): This stage will include meetings with key stakeholder groups, as well as an extensive circulation of the document to encourage feedback.

Finalising and communicating Liberal Judaism’s Strategic Plan (January – February 2014)

If you would like to get involved in developing the Strategic Plan, express your view on the future direction of Liberal Judaism or simply find out more about the process then please contact Pam on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Alternatively, you can click here to join the Liberal Judaism Strategy Discussion group on facebook.