Notes from 2014.05.25 Brainstorming
Below, you can find the complete notes from Kehillat Beijing's May 25th brainstorming session in their full, stream-of-communal-consciousness glory.
- Kehillat's Siddurim will soon depreciate to $0; perhaps Kehillat is ready to create our own? Or at least work on a community Haggadah.
- Amped-Up Marketing Committee will begin working on physical information materials for services.
- Kehillat would like to begin exploring possibilities of creating a Beijing Jewish Federation, to bring together the Kehillat Beijing Foundation, The Moishe House, and TOV! Sunday school to better facilitate community identity, and funding initiatives - most notably a closer relationship with the JDC.
- Several suggestions were made for changes to the membership structure, including a flat once-a-year fee for all meals (no more waiting in line!)
- Other fundraising options included:
- Jewish fair at a local gallery
- Expanded Jewish Film Festival (maybe with a famous host?)
- Matzah Ball!
- Improved connections with travelers and students
Sustainability vs inclusiveness
Kehillat but one of several Jewish orgs... Must be more than Fri night dinner, retreat, Tov
Who do we want to be?
This message must be on website, other materials
Must give inclusive message
Mission statement exists in 501c3 articles, should only need modest mods
Should be board-led, community-reviewed
Many committees, few active
94-99 members, ca. 30 families = USD25-30k p.a., mostly to meals
Several important donors
Working with outside orgs = 25-30% overhead
we don't charge more than meal rate
Siddurim depreciate at years end, worth 0, time to ask for more
Much wear and tear, don't have enough
What brings us together as Jews?
Create own siddurim/haggadah meaningful to us for key holidays, Chinese poems, calligraphy - one step in longer process of establishing ourself as a community.
Establishment of Jewish community center? Proto-design extant. Painful, work, overhead, taxes
Spielberg, Spielberg, Spielberg
Visiti rabbi program sponsored by families
Wine on Shabbat
Sponsorship means more money from our pockets, therefore we should look for fellow traveller outside
Weekly newsletter should list sponsors, table tents, poster
People don't know what they're getting for their fees
HK has community lunches on Shabbat sponsored by family
Dues benefits hard to quantify
Need newsletter, brochure, yearly journal to capture visitors? Announcements, ask for donations, better than email
Over-reliance on email sign ups
Brochure can bring in donations - Amy plus marketeers
How do we work with JDC? Burden sharing? Org with funds, person in Shanghai (historic link, Jewish museum, gracefulness to donors in Shanghai)
Federation of Jewish philanthropies in Beijing gets sponsored by JDC?
JDC will support community events that are not specifically religious
Kehillat could take over Jewish film festival, get JDC support, find free venues, sell tix, student attendees
Portfolio of strong Jewish programs/sidelines
Standing: Shabbat, holidays, Tov, life events, retreats
Art exhibition/fair, at 798? David
!Kaifeng Jewish Museum foundation moves to Beijing for Jewish museum
Lots of Jewish China tourists, all come to Beijing
We could capitalize on
Kehillat tour of China
Food events, galas- need sponsor
Capital campaign-- alumni and visitors
Jewish tours for Chinese people, beware of proselytizing, but no history
Jewish federation-- Moishe house would support, kbf and tov
Asking donations from US congregations
Ppt from mark Levine
Need personal connection
Ask visitors to go back to their communities
Get visitors to donate something
Chinese-Jewish jewelry, during service and on website
Fees/donations for visiting helo-parents of children visiting Beijing
Andres: wine sponsor every other week? Starting June
Buy two get one free?
tiered? No "us vs them." Already normal and student fees, also pay Casey-what-you-can
Less than 20% pay less than, probably as many pay more
Meals at Capital Club
Loss all due to Shabbat dinners
Many more young people come because of subsidy (and Moishe House)
Loss gap is closing, but still must have donors among families
Increase membership dues to get tix down to half price, encouraging community to gather, but not everyone goes every week
Could have 75%-priced optional meal add on to membership
Must avoid losing money on high-holiday meals
Outreach to parents after Yom Kippur
Post-gram to parents- pic of kid send to parents with ask for continued meal payment
Best four images of Kehillat, round up young people for group photo
Arthur: Difficult to execute because of individual time constraints, therefore need to divide into three baskets:
Funding on the margin
Bigger events to consider
Ellen: Instead of board structure, be organically cellular, I.e. Act in naturally occurring, friendly groups
List serve/WeChat group
Look under your chair for information
Wangjing space, different location every week?
Other Jewish org: RMB20 to participate, plus dinner at venue
Baby goods gift exchange
Josh: need doers, always had problem with follow through
Becka: start small and build up;
Jake: we have momentum
Rabbi Jack in town for three weeks
Amy looks at lodging closer to time
Stays for wedding?
Need formal announcement
Part time in Albequerque
Physicist by day
Likes to work with adult Jews to rediscover their Judaism
Good mix of intellectual and spiritual