EnVision OKC Community Engagement Survey

The purpose of the EnVision OKC campaign is to provide opportunities to reflect on our community with the purpose of elevating our consciousness to identify who we are; name our strengths; recognize our opportunities; and visualize our hopes for our shared future. The EnVision campaign has been specifically designed for our congregation with the goal of preparing us for change. 

From Jan-April, during the peak of the EnVision campaign, approximately 200 members of our congregation opted to engage in facilitated discussions designed to draw out reflections on our community. These discussions were held on weekends, in the evenings, at ABRS, and at ECC. 

The output of these conversations were documented, analyzed, and synthesized, resulting in the surfacing of various themes. This survey aims to (1) reflect these themes back to us, and (2) prompt us to react to these themes in a more specific, individualized way. The goal of this survey is to take the EnVision campaign one step further to understanding our hopes and preferences for our community.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts! (One respondent per survey; multiple survey responses per household is fine! Survey can be taken anonymously, or there's an option to share your name at the end if you chose).

Please note this survey may take between 20-30 minutes to complete, depending on how detailed you wish to be! 

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* 1. How often do you attend Shabbat morning services at OKC?

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* 2. How often do you attend weekday/weeknight services at OKC?

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* 3. Outside of religious services, how often do you attend programs offered by the OKC community (e.g., classes, The Mentsch Club, Rosh Chodesh, Hazak) and by the greater OKC community (e.g., Pop Up To Pop In, MoEd programming)?

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* 4. Through our EnVision conversations, the characteristics listed below regarding SYNAGOGUE RELIGIOUS PRACTICE were identified as having a positive connection with our community (that is: something we do well, or something that distinguishes OKC from other communities). To what extent do you agree that the elements below are positively connected to OKC?

  Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion
Commitment to Conservative Judaism as a movement
The level of Jewish engagement and knowledge of community members
Egalitarianism
Synagogue leadership’s (including professional staff and clergy) commitment to Jewish tradition and serious engagement with Jewish life
Synagogue lay leadership’s (including Board members, Committee Chairs, etc) commitment to Jewish tradition and serious engagement with Jewish life
The way our community celebrates b’nai mitzvah
The volunteer-led chevra kaddisha (funeral practices committee)
The daily minyan
Duchaning (The Cohanim blessing the congregation on holidays)
Traditional, full liturgy (i.e., complete p'sukei d'zimra [preliminary psalms], service in Hebrew, repetition of the Amidah in Shaharit and Musaf, full Torah reading on the annual cycle)
Composition of Shabbat services (e.g., full Torah reading, mostly Hebrew service, mix of davening from community members and clergy)
The Shabbat sermons
Web streaming of some non-Shabbat services

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* 5. Listed below are the same characteristics regarding SYNAGOGUE RELIGIOUS PRACTICE. How important are these characteristics to you?

  Very Important Fairly Important Important Slightly Important Not at all Important No opinion
Commitment to Conservative Judaism as a movement
The level of Jewish engagement and knowledge of community members
Egalitarianism
Synagogue leadership’s (including professional staff and clergy) commitment to Jewish tradition and serious engagement with Jewish life
Synagogue lay leadership’s (including Board members, Committee Chairs, etc) commitment to Jewish tradition and serious engagement with Jewish life
The way our community celebrates b’nai mitzvah
The volunteer-led chevra kaddisha (funeral practices committee)
The daily minyan
Duchaning (The Cohanim blessing the congregation on holidays)
Traditional, full liturgy (i.e., complete p'sukei d'zimra [preliminary psalms], service in Hebrew, repetition of the Amidah in Shaharit and Musaf, full Torah reading on the annual cycle)
Composition of Shabbat services (e.g., full Torah reading, mostly Hebrew service, mix of davening from community members and clergy)
The Shabbat sermons
Web streaming of some non-Shabbat services

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* 6. Optional: Comments on SYNAGOGUE RELIGIOUS PRACTICE?

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* 7. Through our EnVision conversations, the characteristics listed below regarding JEWISH EDUCATION were identified as having a positive connection with our community (that is: something we do well, or something that distinguishes OKC from other communities). To what extent do you agree that the elements below are positively connected to OKC?

  Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion
Opportunities for Jewish study and learning
The Early Childhood Center
The Alvin Browdy Religious School
Support of Day School students

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* 8. Listed below are the same characteristics regarding JEWISH EDUCATION. How important are these characteristics to you?

  Very Important Fairly Important Important Slightly Important Not at all Important No opinion
Opportunities for Jewish study and learning
The Early Childhood Center
The Alvin Browdy Religious School
Support of Day School students

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* 9. Optional: Comments on JEWISH EDUCATION?

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* 10. Through our EnVision conversations, the characteristics listed below regarding our COMMUNITY were identified as having a positive connection with our community (that is: something we do well, or something that distinguishes OKC from other communities). To what extent do you agree that the elements below are positively connected to OKC?

  Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion
Welcoming to people regardless of their levels of Jewish observance
Cross-generational interactions
Wide age range of membership
Welcoming new members of the community
Welcoming to families with children
Welcoming to families without children in the house
Welcoming to single adults
Welcoming of children during services
Welcoming to LGBTQ members and families
Welcoming to interfaith families
Programming for children on Shabbat
Supporting of community members in need (new babies, illness, mourning)
Support of Israel
Support and encouragement of volunteerism in the OKC community
Range of programming
Open to dissenting opinions within the community
Modest & unpretentious (some have described us as "hamish," which is yiddish for "cozy," "friendly," and "homey")
Commitment to social action outside of the congregation
Engagement with other local Jewish communities
Programming targeting high school students
Professionalism of front office staff (e.g., matters relating to customer service, responsiveness, attentiveness)
Front office administration (e.g., matters relating to billing, high holiday ticket distribution, and other administrative functions)
Volume and relevance of emails
Volume and relevance of social media posts
Pipeline for lay leadership

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* 11. Listed below are the same characteristics regarding COMMUNITY. How important are these characteristics to you?

  Very Important Fairly Important Important Slightly Important Not at all Important No opinion
Welcoming to people regardless of their levels of Jewish observance
Cross-generational interactions
Wide age range of membership
Welcoming new members of the community
Welcoming to families with children
Welcoming to families without children in the house
Welcoming to single adults
Welcoming of children during services
Welcoming to LGBTQ members and families
Welcoming to interfaith families
Programming for children on Shabbat
Supporting of community members in need (new babies, illness, mourning)
Support of Israel
Support and encouragement of volunteerism in the OKC community
Range of programming
Open to dissenting opinions within the community
Modest & unpretentious (some have described us as "hamish," which is yiddish for "cozy," "friendly," and "homey")
Commitment to social action outside of the congregation
Engagement with other local Jewish communities
Programming targeting high school students
Professionalism of front office staff (e.g., matters relating to customer service, responsiveness, attentiveness)
Front office administration (e.g., matters relating to billing, high holiday ticket distribution, or other administrative functions)
Volume and relevance of emails
Volume and relevance of social media posts
Pipeline for lay leadership

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* 12. Optional: Comments on COMMUNITY?

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* 13. Through our EnVision Conversations, our community determined several values that we believe make OKC unique. These values are listed below. Please rank these values in the order you feel is most important as they relate to our community.

(1 = Most Important; 6 = Least important.)

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* 14. Optional: We tend to focus our programming on age cohorts and life milestones, yet there is benefit and value in cross-generational interaction.  How might we approach programming so that we can realize our greatest potential as a community?

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* 15. Optional: Attracting new members is critical for a vibrant organization. We want to be an inclusive and welcoming community, but we recognize that there are groups and constituencies that we are not actively engaging as strongly as we might be (e.g., young adults without children, same-sex couples and families, interfaith couples and families, empty nesters etc.) Please share your ideas for best approaches for growth and inclusion.

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* 16. Optional: We believe that our community's traditional approach to observance and ritual Judaism stands out among other Conservative synagogues. How can we continue to embody and balance tradition, inclusivity, and egalitarianism?

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* 17. Optional: When it comes to OKC's future, what else are you thinking about?

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* 18. Please provide your age range

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* 19. Are you a member of OKC?

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* 20. If you are a member, how long have you been a member of OKC?

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* 21. If you have children in the OKC community, please check the appropriate box for their age. (Please check all that are relevant. School age range should be effective 2019-2020 school year. A single checked box will suffice to account for multiple children in the same age range.)

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* 22. Name and contact information (Optional)

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