Community & Adult Learning

Committees

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The staff and lay leadership are happy to help members become involved in any aspect of synagogue life. To be involved with a committee or project, call the office and we’ll connect you with the appropriate committee chair. Below is a list of committees that are active in our congregation. The level of activity of each committee varies from year to year. Please contact the Beth Shalom office to find out how to join a CBS committee.

Adult Education: Supports the Rabbis and Program Director in providing an excellent adult education program; organizes courses and course catalogs; coordinates Hebrew and Living Judaism classes for adults; sponsors special programs; works with other committees in targeted classes. Contact the Adult Education Committee Chair.

Building and Grounds Committee: Coordinates maintenance and care for the synagogue’s building and grounds; establishes preventive maintenance; organizes lawn and garden-care parties and other shul beautification projects. The work includes basic gardening, carpentry, electrical, painting and plumbing. There is opportunity for every interest and talent. Participation is an excellent way to show support and respect for our synagogue.  Contact the Building and Grounds Committee Chair.

Cemetery: This committee is responsible for overseeing the Congregation’s cemetery, sales of cemetery plots, and congregational funeral and burial procedures. It also makes policy recommendations to the Senior Rabbi and Board of Directors relating to these matters. More information about our cemetery is found here. Contact the Cemetery Committee Chair.

Davening/Leyning/Darshan Rotations: Volunteer coordinators regularly make these assignments from a list of prayer leaders (shlichay tzibbur), who have met certain standards for mastery of the service and vocal quality. Congregants are encouraged to lead Beth Shalom services. Preparatory courses on Hebrew, davening, leyning, and chanting skills are taught regularly through the adult education program. Contact the Rabbi’s Assistant for referrals to various rotation coordinators.

Development Team: Works with the Executive Director in planning and implementing all fundraising and revenue-generating programs of the synagogue in accordance with budgetary requirements supplied by the finance committee. These include the High Holiday Appeal, Double Chai Plus Chavurah, special events, capital campaign, endowment, and donor cultivation and stewardship. Consults with other committees as needed to ensure a coordinated, synagogue-wide development effort. Contact the Development Team Chair.

Planned Giving Committee: Works with the Board President and Executive Director to promote planned giving and legacy gifts to ensure Beth Shalom’s financial viability in the future.

Finance Committee: Responsible for financial oversight of the synagogue in order to ensure the synagogue’s finances are managed in a fiscally responsible manner. In conjunction with the Executive Director, the committee prepares, monitors, and, as necessary, revises the annual synagogue operating budget. The finance committee reviews and monitors the congregation’s assets and liabilities. Additionally, the finance committee reviews and revises financial policies and procedures and provides recommendations on policy changes to the board of directors. The finance committee coordinates with the development committee and other committees to ensure the synagogue’s sound financial health. Contact the Finance Committee Chair.

Gabbai Corps: Gabbaim are responsible for greeting and helping to make congregants and guests feel welcome at Beth Shalom. They are responsible for assigning aliyot, and for assuring services run smoothly from the prospective of protocol and decorum. It is often the gabbaim that congregants turn to when they have a question or concern during service. Learn more about the Gabbai Corps and how to join. ( include link to Gabbai Manual page, but not Gabbai Schedule). Contact the Rabbi’s Assistant for a referral to Gabbai Corps.

Israel Committee: Aims to increase community awareness of Israel, its culture, achievements, challenges and needs. The Israel Committee organizes and supports a variety of Israel related events at Beth Shalom including facilitating discussions about Israel-related issues, organizing gatherings to celebrate Israeli culture, food and song, and publicizing Israel-related events in the broader community. Beth Shalom members are leaders in many local and national organizations that support Israel, and there are many ways for you to get involved. Contact the Israel Committee Chair.

Library Committee: Maintains the Judaic collection of the Beth Shalom Beit Midrash; acquires books and other media; encourages congregant usage. Contact the Library Committee Chair.

Membership Committee: Recruits and helps to integrate new members into the life of the congregation; coordinates various hospitality events designed to increase a sense of community; creates a warm and welcoming environment for new and continuing members. Contact the Membership Committee.

Mitzvah Corps: Coordinates care for members in need; organizes shiva minyans; provides bikur holim (visiting the sick). Contact the Mitzvah Corps.

Nominating Committee: Primarily responsible for assuring strong, capable board of directors. Recruiting and creating an annual slate of potential board members for congregational vote. Called upon to recruit committee chairs and for leadership development activities. Participation is by annual congregational vote. Contact the Nominating Committee.

Religious Practices Committee: Maintains Halachic standards and synagogue Minhag in consultation with the Senior Rabbi; organizes festival programs; cares for ritual objects and prayerbooks; determines purchases of new prayerbooks; oversees the volunteer rotations for Torah, Haftarah and leading services; considers policy issues related to religious practices. Contact the Religious Practices Committee.

Religious School Committee: The Religious School Committee is a group of parents, educators, and other Beth Shalom members concerned with the successful operation of our Religious School, Prozdor and other aspects of Jewish education for children and youth in our community. The committee serves as a forum for discussion concerning new ideas and ongoing issues related to the Department of Education at Beth Shalom. Contact the Religious School Committee.

Shabbas Chefs: The time we spend after services schmoozing with old friends and meeting new friends strengthens our community. The Shabbas Chefs are members of Beth Shalom who form cooking teams to prepare our kiddush lunch and create these opportunities. Those who volunteer do not pay for the meal, nor do they clean up after the meal, they cook it together. Chefs get support with recipes and menus, or they can choose to create their own menus. Preparing food together is a wonderful way to meet new people and feel more a part of the Beth Shalom community. To participate or for additional information contact our Shabbas Chefs team.

Youth Commission: Our youth commission is a group of parents and other adults committed to our youth, who meet regularly to discuss issues facing the youth groups and brainstorm ways to make them even stronger. The members attend approximately one meeting every other month and assist in youth group events occasionally, as needed. Contact the Youth Commission.

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