September/October 2018 – Elul/Tishrei/Cheshvan
By Karen Koenig
My full-time job revolves around the woodworking industry, where companies often incorporate the concepts of lean production and continuous improvement in their operation, not only to survive, but to thrive in today’s economic landscape.
Those familiar with MCJC know that we are already a lean operation, working without “waste.” Along with Rabbi Tom, and a dedicated staff of teachers and volunteers too numerous to mention, we strive hard to ensure the work and projects at MCJC get done in an efficient and timely manner.
But we can always use more hands to help. I encourage every one of you to join one of the many committees, assist on a fundraiser, or volunteer to help out around the synagogue or during services. We also need your help to ensure continuous improvement at MCJC. Without this ongoing effort, we run the risk of stagnation or worse.
Already, many products and processes are in place to streamline and improve the member services provided by our synagogue. Most notable is the revamped MCJCOnline.org website, with new and improved features to entice and assist current and prospective members. These include: sections on worship and lifecycle events, Torah study, MCJC happenings, musical, inspirational and educational videos. In addition, we now offer online payment options for donations, dues, or other fees, a section with express announcements/late-breaking news, an easy-to-use calendar of events and submission forms for membership, and volunteering or events. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the site recently, I urge you to check it out.
Also revamped is the religious education program, with a school-wide curriculum that connects with an online component, and B’nai Mitzvah teachings. Changes have also been made to the classroom structure for teaching Judaica and Hebrew. This is an exciting development at MCJC, and will enhance your child’s religious education experience.
Another recent change was converting the kitchen to veggie/dairy. This now eliminates the continual problems that arose from the mixing of dishes and utensils, despite having marked doors and drawers. (Accommodations will be made for hosting the Passover second night Seder, traditionally held at MCJC.)
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to reexamine and improve our products and processes at MCJC. As we begin a new Jewish year, I encourage you to get involved and provide input– a journey like this is successful if we have everyone’s participation.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a good New Year 5779. May it be one of health, happiness, peace, and prosperity for all.