Committees: Put your hands and heart to work

The strength of our synagogue, and of our Jewish community, depends on dedicated volunteers. At Temple Beth-El, we encourage you to join a committee and have a voice in the future of our synagogue.

Beautification – Oversees the appearance of the sanctuary and temple building. Contact Karen Kaplan.

Brit K’hillah – Seeks to strengthen the community by strengthening relationships between individuals. Contact Robin Osman.

Cultural Arts – Brings cultural programming to the synagogue. Past offerings have included films, dance, storytelling, artwork, cuisine, music, and theater. Contact Simona Rivkin.

Green Team – Works to reduce the carbon footprint and enhance the sustainability efforts of temple activities. Contact Dave Cohen.

House and Grounds – Oversees the appearance and long-term maintenance of the building and grounds. The Gardening sub-committee beautifies the entrance. Contact Paul Walitzky.

Israel Matters – Supports Israel through education, cultural events, and partnering with national reform Jewish organizations. Contact Rabbi Gluck.

Leadership Development – Creates and implements programs to identify and develop future temple leaders. Contact Liz Cohen.

Library – Maintains Temple Beth-El’s lending library of approximately 1,800 volumes of fiction and non-fiction. This group is in need of new leadership. Contact Amy Rubin.

New Member Engagement – Coordinates efforts to increase temple membership and helps integrate new members into the community. Contact our Membership Chair.

Religious School – Supports the efforts of the Education Directors and religious school faculty, and establishes objectives in matters of school policy, curriculum, scheduling, and budget. Contact Jodi Smith.

Ritual – Supports the rabbi and cantor in planning for ritual observances. Responsibilities range from establishing temple kashrut policy, scheduling b’nei mitzvah, and preparing High Holy Day and Festival observances, as well as Shabbat worship. Contact Ed Malberg and Mike Bloomstein.

Shivah Leaders – Coordinates volunteers to lead worship services at houses of mourning, provides training for worship leaders, and coordinates volunteers to complete a minyan (group of ten) at houses of mourning. Contact Rochelle Levin.

Technology – Provides technical support for the staff and lay leadership, maintains the computer hardware and software, sound, video, and communication resources of the congregation, and evaluates new technology. Contact Amy Rubin.

Tikkun Olam Coalition (formerly Social Action) – Coordinates and implements programs to help repair the world, tikkun olam. Supports projects benefiting the temple community and the community at large, including HOME, which provides temporary housing for the homeless, and the local food bank. It promotes voter registration, environmental justice, and the support of various charitable organizations. Contact Liz Cohen.

Ways and Means – Conducts fundraisers, including the annual High Holy Day Appeal and the community’s work at the 4-H Fair. Contact Amy Rubin.