Through the efforts of Or Shalom’s rabbi, staff, directors and volunteers, membership has grown over the past two and a half years to 220 families, a 20% increase. This growth presents us with challenges for the present and opportunities for the future. Guided by the vision and priorities established by the Board of Directors, a Housing Taskforce is established with the following terms of reference to develop plans for functional housing.
Functional Housing Taskforce
The Functional Housing Taskforce, in consultation with the Bayit Committee, the Strategic Financial Planning Committee, structural engineers and real estate professionals, will develop a facilities plan for housing Or Shalom. The plan will include:
- Sanctuary, social hall, classrooms, office space, kitchen facilities and storage needed for Or Shalom now and with an expectation of growth to 250 families.
- Recommendations of how to proceed to obtain the necessary facilities. The recommendations will include:
- Analysis of whether and how the current building can be expanded to meet needs.
- If the current building cannot be expanded, an analysis of whether Or Shalom should rebuild on site, purchase a new building, or enter into a long-term rental arrangement.
Time is of the essence. The Group will submit a preliminary report on functional housing to the Board within six months and a final report within nine months.