Kadimah: Strategic Planning Project

Anshe Emet Synagogue’s (AES) Kadimah project (Forward!) is a strategic visioning and planning process designed to guide the congregational leadership in decision making for the next 6-18 months and beyond. The data collected will enable the congregational leadership to identify the many and most important benefits of membership at Anshe Emet and the infrastructure needed to support and maintain the congregation’s growth over time.

Our approach in Kadimah follows the rubrics of LISTEN, LEARN, LEAD.

  • LISTENING through the congregational survey, one-on-one interviews, and a series of focus groups to both broadly hear from congregants and then drill down on specific issues with key affinity groups. This also involved conversations with key congregations from around the country to ascertain best practices.
  • LEARNING through analysis of the data and dialogue with the Kadimah Task Force, Leadership Team, and staff/clergy to more deeply understand the key findings and what they suggest, re: challenges and opportunities.
  • LEADING by creating specific, time bound, and goal driven actions that will move AES forward into a re-envisioned future.


Senior Rabbi
Michael S. Siegel

Dani Lazar

Kadimah Project Chair
Howard Tullman

Leadership Team
Art Friedson
Jay Goodgold
Wendy Berger
Lindy Hirschsohn
David Schwartz
Michael Silver
David Brown
Rabbi Michael Siegel

Task Force
Scott Frazin
Shainah Horowitz

Ben Kleinman
Jeff Parker
Adam Rubenfire
Neil Schwartz
Deena Siegel
Suzan Sultan
Marc Gould
Mimi Lichstein

Rabbi Phil Warmflash
David Trietsch