JOINT / SHARED / COMMUNITY CAMPUS STATEMENT

PROVIDED BY JOINT COMMITTEE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019

For more than a century, Congregation Emanuel ((the) Temple or C-E) and Hebrew Congregation ((the) Synagogue or H-C) have provided services, faith and education for the Jewish families in Wichita, inspiring community engagement and supporting Jewish life and learning.

Separately, our congregations have helped build families that connect and engage Jewishly throughout the years. The Temple and Synagogue have been proud to represent the Jewish people to build bridges to the Wichita community at large for many years. Together, we have built a Jewish family. Unfortunately, since 2009, our numbers for both congregations have dropped significantly, and therefore in order to build on our past strength we must come together to build a strong foundation for our future.

The Joint Campus Committee has, since late-2017, looked at all the challenges and opportunities facing each congregation and our Jewish family. Our committee fully supports moving toward a common campus in Wichita, Kansas with two congregations under one roof. Through our committee conversations - discussing and finding solutions to myriad issues - we verified that working together paves the way for a healthier, more satisfying, and stronger future for each congregation and our Wichita Jewish community.

While a shared, “common” campus (also referred to as the “joint (campus/center)” or “community (campus/center)” in support documents) will certainly present challenges, our committee believes these concerns are outweighed by the benefits - improved financial outlooks for each congregation and a more hopeful, spiritual, energetic, and rewarding Jewish life in Wichita - of being together on a single campus. Our committee intends for a Joint Campus to be the hub of Wichita’s Jewish community on which we, collaboratively, will build and sustain a strong, vibrant, local Jewish community.

We are two congregations but are one Jewish Family in Wichita. We ask everyone to step-up in making a down payment on our future. By mobilizing our collective resources now, the Jewish community will be stronger tomorrow and for generations to come. By supporting a community campus, each of us (on the committee and within our congregations) becomes a torchbearer - carrying the light that will lead the way for Jews in Southeast Kansas for generations to come.

 

QUESTIONS? - There are two simple ways to ask questions, share thoughts, or get more information:

  1. Reach out to a member of the JOINT CAMPUS COMMITTEE (list below).

  2. Use our “CONTACT US” form (select “Joint Campus Committee Question”).

JOINT (C-E / H-C) CONGREGATION MEETING

REVIEW JOINT CAMPUS COMMITTEE PROPOSAL

The Joint Campus Committee presented a full proposal (see documents above) to a joint meeting and question / answer session, held in the current H-C (and proposed joint/shared/community campus) social hall on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 6-8PM CT.

C-E CONGREGATION MEETING

DISCUSS JOINT CAMPUS COMMITTEE PROPOSAL

Our Congregation regrouped on Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 3-5PM CT to discuss the Joint Campus including the documents presented on June 11, 2019, questions and responses gathered from that meeting and after, and to discuss potential next steps and timing for our congregation.

 

C-E JOINT CAMPUS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Daniel Solomon

  • Leah Barnhard

  • David Eichhorn

  • Mark Meyers

  • Scott Wagner

  • Simon Yakubovich

H-C JOINT CAMPUS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Adam Beren

  • Ellen Beren

  • Ryan Bendell

  • Lynne Greenberg

  • Lisa Klaskin

  • Jamie Schmaltz

JOINT CAMPUS COMMITTEE ADVISORS AND SUPPORT PROVIDERS

  • Rabbi Davis (C-E) and Rabbi Kogen (H-C) - Religious / Worship Considerations

  • Cyndie Ponder (C-E) and L. Greenberg (H-C) - Kitchen / Social Considerations

  • Paula VanAndel (C-E) and L. Klaskin (H-C) - Financial / Budgetary Considerations

  • Tammy Wagner (C-E) - Legal Considerations

  • Jill Docking (C-E) and Jamie Schmaltz (H-C) - Fundraising / Fund Development Chairs

  • Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey (SJCF) - Jointly-engaged architects