How We Met

Congregation B’nai Tzedek (over 50 year old) and Congregation Ohav Shalom (over 133 years old) began talking about “getting married” in May, 2013.

We knew that our chances for a positive outcome were high because of the following:
• Both congregational boards and memberships unanimously approved to begin discussions.
• The team leaders from both congregations held each other in high esteem and developed total trust.
• We focused on the “People” not the “Building.”
• Our combined leadership were motivated to change our respective direction and knew together that we would create synergies that were not possible separately.
• Both congregations were conservative and fully egalitarian.
• We had made a modest attempt to connect several years earlier and knew that our congregants were very compatible.
• We knew that our core values, mission and vision were in alignment.
• Our leadership team after much work and due diligence developed a plan for a new congregation.
On September 2, 2014 both congregations overwhelmingly approved the marriage which was held March 29, 2015.