Mission and Vision
TBZ is an independent, inclusive Jewish congregation whose members of all ages are committed to each other, to joyful participatory worship, to meaningful Jewish learning, spiritual growth and acts of social justice.
Who We Are and Where We are Going
Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) is a Jewish community that inspires spiritual searching, lifts the soul, challenges the mind, and requires social responsibility and action. We are unified yet diverse, open to all kinds of Jews, their partners and families, whatever age, family status, background, theology, or gender preference. We are serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice and carry out deeds of loving-kindness. We nourish our members with teaching, davening, action for justice, celebration, and mutual care, creating a vibrant and engaged community
Based on the results of a 2013 membership survey, the work of the Strategic Thinking Group (STG) in 2013-2014 , and many conversations among the STG, the Rabbis, the Board, and members of the community, the following is a statement of who we are and our vision for moving forward in the future.
- TBZ is a growing and evolving community. While the total number of household member units has remained about the same, the actual number of people-of all ages-who are members and attend services, programs, and spend time in the building has increased. At the same time, TBZ is an evolving community. We have welcomed many young families, with teens, younger children and babies, and we have established a flourishing Beit Rabban (house of study) program. These demographic trends create opportunities for growth and also challenges in terms of our identity, staffing, space and resources.
- TBZ is committed to being a cohesive inter-generational and diverse community that serves the needs of all members. As we evolve, TBZ must strive to serve the needs of all of its diverse groups (children, adults, seniors, families, singles, LGBT members, and others) without splitting into multiple groups that share one building. Maintaining our cohesive identity will require us to meet the needs of all of our members (for example, excellent educational programming for both adults and children) as well as foster a commitment by the members to become and stay connected to each other.
- We must continue to be a vibrant, responsive and innovative synagogue both in our spiritual leadership and our programming. As an independent and unaffiliated synagogue for the last 15 years, we have always explored and embraced new ways to make Judaism relevant and meaningful while building on and honoring our rich Jewish traditions. We should always think about where we are headed, continually reevaluate where we are, and embrace opportunities to innovate as we change and the Jewish world in which we live in changes.
- We must create a development philosophy and plan that gets members excited about financially supporting and generously sustaining our work, so that all members feel like “owners” who have a stake in TBZ and support it. TBZ must inspire its members to give freely of their time, treasure and talent; and, at the same time a plan for the future responsibly acting within our financial capacity as a community.
Click here for INSURING JEWISH CONTINUITY AT TBZ: Report of the Temple Beth Zion Strategic Thinking Group (June 2014). Members of the STG included Jenny Berz, Carol Kamin, Jonathan Klein, Daniel Marx and Billy Mencow (chair).