Descriptions and Contacts
Temple Beth El values the work of its members in overseeing all aspects of the Temple's worship, education, programming and facilities. If you would like to volunteer for any of these committees, please contact the chair of the committee (click here for chairs) or email Gennifer Kelly, Executive Director ([email protected]).
ADMINISTRATION/TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE: The Administration/Technology Committee works with the Executive Director to oversee all administrative functions and technology requirements of the Temple.
AUDIT COMMITTEE: The Audit Committee has several important functions: (a) review the operations of the Congregation's accounting and financial affairs; (b) recommend annually to the Board of Trustees the extent and manner in which the financial records of the Temple should be reviewed or audited; (c) oversee any financial review or audit authorized by the Board of Trustees; (d) ensure that all accounting and financial activities have been done in an appropriate manner, and that adequate financial controls are in place. The Audit Committee consists of three members nominated by the President and approved by the Board of Trustees to staggered three-year terms that commence at the beginning of the Congregation’s fiscal year. No person who is currently a member of the Finance Committee or has been a member of the Finance Committee during the preceding twelve months may be a member of the Audit Committee.
BUILDING USE COMMITTEE: The Building Use Committee supervises the use of Temple facilities, particularly the Social Hall, for purposes other than Religious Services and other Congregation and Religious School programs and activities.
CARING COMMUNITY COMMITTEE: The Caring Community Committee is available to assist all congregants during times of joy or sorrow. For more details, click here.
CEMETERY COMMITTEE: The Cemetery Committee supervises the sale of cemetery plots to Temple members and their families, and recommends pricing policy to the Board of Trustees and all other activities pertaining to the Temple Cemetery.
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: The Communications Committee is responsible for marketing Temple Beth El -- membership, programs, nursery and religious school and social hall -- to members, potential members and to the community at large.
COLLEGE: The College Committee ensures the connection between Temple Beth El and those of its members who are away at college, through both regular mailings and sponsorship of gatherings during school holidays.
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: The Development Committee is responsible for raising money to support general Temple activities as well as specific programs and to fund facility requirements as needed.
DUES COMMITTEE: The Dues Committee reviews requests for special consideration by members in connection with payment of their dues, assessments, fees or other financial obligations.
FINANCE COMMITTEE: The Finance Committee has oversight responsibility for the financial affairs of the Congregation, including the establishment of financial policies and procedures, submission of operating and capital budgets and other financial reports to the Board of Trustees and the Congregation. In addition, the Finance Committee supervises the distribution and collection of pledge forms, and oversees the collection of dues, assessments, fees and other sums in cooperation with the Treasurer.
HOUSE COMMITTEE: The House Committee has responsibility to maintain the building and property of the Congregation in good order and repair.
KAVOD: The Kavod Committee organizes the annual service honoring members of Temple Beth El who have demonstrated their commitment to the congregation through their gift of time and energy.
LAW AND CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE: The Law and Constitution Committee advises the Board of Trustees, Officers and Congregation on all legal matters relative to Temple activities, and interprets and gives opinion concerning the Constitution and By-Laws.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: The Leadership Development Committee oversees the bi-annual leadership workshops for those Temple members interested in taking on committee or board leadership roles in the future.
LIFELONG LEARNING COMMITTEE: The Lifelong Learning Committee (also referred to as the Adult Ed Committee) organizes and promotes programs of speakers, discussions, panels and other opportunities for adults to learn more about Judaism -- history, religion, current affairs, etc.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: The Membership Committee has the twin goals of promoting Temple Beth El to potential new members as well as promoting the spirit of fellowship among current congregants.
MUSIC COMMITTEE: The Music Committee works with the Cantor to ensure that Music remains an important part of our worship services, while also organizing occasional concerts for members of the congregation.
NOMINATING: The Nominating Committee identifies potential Trustees and Officers from among members of the congregation, and nominates an annual slate for election to fill any openings by the members at the Annual Meeting in May.
PROFESSIONAL STAFF COMMITTEE: The Professional Staff Committee prepares job descriptions for each professional staff position, evaluates and monitors the performance of professional staff personnel, including at least annual performance appraisals, negotiates contracts, as necessary, for all professional staff, recommends appropriate continuing education and training for professional staff, and addresses all other human resource issues that my be assigned to it by the Executive Committee.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The Religious School Committee works with the Director of Education to oversee the policies and programs of the Religious School, including employment of teachers and adoption of the course of study.
TIKKUN OLAM COUNCIL: The Tikkun Olam Council organizes and promotes all of the social justice and social action activities and programs of the Temple. More information can be found here.
URJ: Acts as liaison to the Union for Reform Judaism on behalf of Temple Beth El.
WORSHIP COMMITTEE: The Worship Committee establishes policies concerning the worship and lifecycle rituals and observances of the Congregation. It has primary responsibility for organizing High Holy Day and other holiday services, as well as Friday evening and Saturday Shabbat worship.
YOUTH COMMITTEE: The Youth Committee works with members of the Temple's Youth Groups to develop and supervise programs that promote engagement among our younger members in Jewish and temple activities.