For the last several years, I have surfed through the new Temple Member Directory to put together an informal demographic survey of who the Temple Israel community really is. Understanding the demographics is instructive to me, the Rabbi and other members of the Leadership Team in planning events and adequately serving our members. In order to give all of you a better idea of who Temple Israel really is, please allow me to share with you a snapshot of our current 2014 member profile.
Our current household member census is 113 and here is how our households break out:
1. By age:
13 of our households are adults under 40
18 of our households are adults 40-50
55 of our households are adults 50-70
27 of our households are adults over 709 of our households have young people 13-17 living at home and 6 of our households have college age young people
2. 14 of our households have children 10 or younger at home.
3. 16 of our households are interfaith families.
4. 32 of our members are now single due to many reasons.
5. Several of our members live out of state full time and many others enjoy the warmth of other locations over the winter
Do any of these numbers surprise you? Did you realize we had so many singles? Did you think we had more youths? Is the age breakout what you expected? And what do these numbers tell us about the Temple community?
How do we continue to experience a vibrant, active and committed membership when our membership is so diverse? How do we blend the generations? And with so few members under 50 who are our future leaders?
What does the membership really want and need from Temple and are we serving those needs?
As you can see, I have more questions than answers. Temple Israel belongs to all of us, to each of you. I hope that you will all reflect on these questions, too. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with each of you to discuss the future direction of our beloved Temple either in groups or one-on-one. Give me a call, let’s talk and together we will ensure a healthy future for Temple Israel.