A question for 38,000: How does the United Synagogue move forward?

Big initial response from members to survey on how the US has fared during the pandemic and their thoughts for the future


The United Synagogue is reporting an enthusiastic early response to a survey of its 38,000 members, asking for their views on how the organisation has performed during the pandemic and their thoughts on involvement in physical and online programming going forward. Close to 3,000 replies were received in barely a day and responses are continuing to come in. The feedback will help the US leadership shape its plans for the future.

US communications director Richard Verber and its head of organisational impact Richard Marcus are fronting the project. Members are being emailed to take part with a phone-line available to people without internet access. Those who complete the confidential ten minute survey have the chance to win one of two £100 Amazon vouchers.

US president Michael Goldstein said it was “the biggest listening exercise” the organisation had undertaken in years and “an extremely important piece of work.

"More than 3,000 people have already taken the time to let us know what they think. This is a fantastic response. The survey will remain open for another two weeks and we invite all members to share their opinions with us."

As well as helping leaders understand how the organisation had performed during the pandemic, the survey "crucially will help our communities think through how to plan for the coming months and years ahead. The more responses we receive, the better the data will be and the better we can respond to members’ needs.”


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