Temple Beth Shalom Committees
Each of the committees and organizations listed below welcomes new members. Joining a committee is a great way to make new friends while contributing to Temple life. If you are interested in finding out more about a particular committee, please contact the committee chair or call the TBS office.
The Building Committee takes responsibility for Beth Shalom’s facility and grounds, and makes decisions and recommendations for building improvements and beautification. The Building Committee has a Kitchen Subcommittee that oversees the Temple’s kitchen. The Chairs for 2012-2013 are David Neubauer and Don Feibel.
The Adult Education Committee is responsible for providing educational opportunities geared specifically for adults, including Sunday morning mini-classes, a Basic Judaism class, elementary Hebrew classes, courses in liturgy, a downtown study group and congregational retreats. The Chair for 2012-2013 is Marvin Blank.
Religious School Committee
Dedicated to the vision of Temple Beth Shalom as a “Beit Midrash” (“House of Study”), the Religious School Committee plans, schedules and facilitates educational events throughout the year for all members of the congregation, regardless of age or family status. The Chair for 2012-2013 is Stu Keren.
The Finance Committee is responsible for preparing the annual Temple Beth Shalom budget and for recommending the Temple’s annual dues structure for approval by the officers, board, and congregation. The committee coordinates the collection of all Temple income, and also oversees and manages Foundation capital and interest. The Chair for 2012-2013 is VP-Finance David Neubauer.
The Development Committee plans and coordinates activities that generate income for the Temple, including planned giving, membership dues, grants oversight and fundraising. Many of these activities are joint fundraising and social events. The Development Committee offers many volunteer opportunities, some of which are of a short term nature. The Chairs for 2012-2013 are Betsy Schuster and Debbie Levine.
This committee is responsible for maintaining the Temple’s gift shop—keeping an adequate inventory of Judaic items, maintaining records of purchases and sales and depositing sales proceeds into the Temple’s general operating fund.
The Legal Committee is responsible for all legal matters concerning the Temple and for making recommendations to the Temple officers and board on any legal issues that may come up. The Chair for 2012-2013 is VP-Administration Michael Griffaton.
The Membership Committee encourages people to join Temple Beth Shalom, welcomes new members into congregational life and helps retain current members. The committee coordinates special services and onegs for new and prospective member. Committee members also arrange dues for new and current members and work out dues arrangements with members who cannot pay full dues. The Chair for 2012-2013 is Steve Grossman.
The Religious Practices Committee works with the Rabbi to enhance the ceremonial and ritual aspects of the Temple. Members help arrange and lead Shabbat services during the Rabbi’s absence. The committee reviews policy decisions, such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah policies and music at services. They also organize High Holiday ushers. The Chair for 2012-2013 is Connie Hirsh.
The Tikkun Olam Committee considers and recommends social action activities to the officers and Board for approval. The committee plans, implements and evaluates activities and programs throughout the year, and coordinates congregational participation in such programs as the Red Cross Bloodmobile, MAZON, and Habitat for Humanity. The Chairs for 2012-2013 are Sue Lazerwitz and Debbie Charna.
The Design/Furnishings Committee makes recommendations about the Temple’s design elements, art and furnishings. The Chair for 2012-2013 is Denise Kohn.