THANK YOU for your overwhelming participation in the Community Needs Assessment Study. More than 1,000 of you responded to the online survey and more than 200 of you participated in 13 focus groups and 3 community conversations.
WHAT DID YOU TELL US?
You feel highly connected and engaged to the Memphis Jewish community, to Israel and to Jews worldwide.
You value and participate in synagogue life in Memphis.
You value Jewish education.
You seek more services/engagement opportunities for Young Adults, Older Adults, Caregivers, Special Needs Families and targeted lifestyle/interest groups.
You seek more Jewish content in the delivery of social services.
You seek expanded Jewish leadership experiences and opportunities for Young Adults.
You seek a one-stop shopping source for community information and ease of access to social services.
You would like to see more cross-congregational and community-wide programming.
You seek to grow the Memphis Jewish community.
You seek to strengthen post Bar/Bat Mitzvah youth engagement.
WHAT STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN?
We shared the findings with our Jewish community leadership.
We launched Choose Jewish Memphis, our community’s recruitment and retention initiative. (www.choosejewishmemphis.org)
We partnered with the MJCC and JFS to help design the new Jewish Family Service department of the MJCC.
Federation will create a task force to explore how to prioritize and implement the study’s recommendations.
We will continue to work together with our Jewish agencies and congregations, and with you, to sustain an engaged, connected and cared-for Memphis Jewish community.