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Heidi Gerwerk - Strategic Vision Consultant

Before we start the long-term rabbi search in earnest, we (the Board) thought it was important to understand our real long-term goals as an organization. Ner Tamid Synagogue is our extended family, our second home, a place we want to see thrive for generations to come. So, what does Ner Tamid of the future look like and how do we choose a rabbi who moves us in that direction?

To help us answer these big questions, we hired a strategic planning expert to facilitate our self-survey, conduct focus groups, and analyze the data. What luck we have this expertise in the San Diego Jewish community!

Heidi Gantwerk will work with us through the next several months, resulting in a draft “Congregational Questionnaire” we need to fill out as part of the rabbi search process

About Heidi Gantwerk

Heidi Gantwerk - Ner Tamid Vision Consultant

Heidi Gantwerk is the founder and principal of HG Consulting Group, LLC. At HG Consulting, Heidi has provided customized design and facilitation for the public and private sectors, with diverse clients including the United Way of San Diego, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Port of San Diego, the San Diego Airport Authority, the Leichtag Foundation, Hillel of San Diego, the Municipality of Anchorage, the Cities of Vista and Carlsbad, and the Stennis Center for Public Service in Mississippi among others. She is an expert at leading strategic planning processes, community and stakeholder dialogue and civic engagement.

Previously, Heidi was Vice President of Viewpoint Learning for 10 years, where she managed the San Diego operation. She led work in civic engagement and public policy research, building on a background in community relations and media production combined with experience as a foundation program officer.

Heidi has designed and directed numerous national and local civic and stakeholder engagement projects on a wide range of complex issues including healthcare reform, federal and local finances, land use and housing development, infrastructure, U.S.-Muslim relations, education, governance reform and caring for the elderly.

At Viewpoint Learning, Heidi built on her media background to produce multi-media presentations demonstrating the power of public dialogue on a diverse set of topics, and spearheaded the addition of online dialogue to Viewpoint Learning’s array of methods for engaging the public and stakeholders on tough issues. Heidi managed Viewpoint Learning’s research, analysis and communications.

Prior to joining Viewpoint Learning, Heidi’s career focused on building bridges between communities, including serving as a liaison between local communities and network television, and creating innovative educational opportunities for inner-city schoolchildren. She served as director of youth programs at Price Charities, and as director of community relations for San Diego’s NBC owned and operated station.

Heidi holds a B.A. in psychology from Yale University. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the San Diego Jewish Academy, the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, Hillel of San Diego and the Executive Committee for the J*Company Youth. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three sons.


Mon, February 18 2019 13 Adar I 5779