There are many opportunities for members to participate in the Temple Beth Or community. Standing committees include the following:
The Ritual Committee meets with the rabbi and cantor to suggest policy for Temple ritual including, for example, who may come up for an aliyah. In addition, the ritual committee, working with temple staff, is responsible for all High Holy Day arrangements and logistics. Upon request, the ritual committee will serve as a sounding board for the rabbi and cantor on worship initiatives.
B’nai Mitzvah Committee
The goals of the B’nai Mitzvah Committee are as follows:
- Assign dates and manage B’nai Mitzvah calendar.
- Help to program workshops and retreats related to B’nai Mitzvah experience.
- Set policies for B’nai Mitzvah requirements and procedures and edit the manual.
- Meet with Rabbi, Cantor, and educator about special issues as they arise.
The Youth Committee fosters personal and spiritual growth for each young person and encourages each young person to be a leader. The committee will also strive to create ways for each young person to connect with the congregation and be a part of the TBO community.
Working with Rabbi, Cantor and Director of Lifelong Learning, the committee will develop a plan and will establish policies. The committee acts as a liaison between all youth groups and the board and oversees all youth programming, e.g. social action, fun (beat the Rabbi at bowling), NIFTY weekends, etc. The committee may also work in conjunction with the religious school committee for programming in grades 3 -7.
The youth committee will:
- Assist with the hiring process and provide support for the paid youth director(s).
- Work with youth group, advisor, and staff to create and sustain youth program.
- Act as advocate for temple youth within the temple community and at board meetings .
- Create policies for Temple youth program.
The College Committee supports the needs of Temple Beth Or college students. The committee will:
- Each year, collect names and addresses of our Beth Or college students.
- Plan an annual “reunion” program with the rabbi at TBO.
- Send Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim and Passover packages to our college students.
- Keep in touch with college students through other emails, packages, etc.
- Help connect our college students to “kesher” Reform campus programs.
The Development Council is responsible for three major areas of development: major gifts, major events and planned giving. Each group will be responsible for the following:
- Major gifts: lead the development of a major congregation-wide fund raising initiative including developing relationships with existing and prospective major donors. This sub-committee will nurture the development of an endowment program. This sub-committee will also help supervise, with appropriate chairs, any capital or endowment campaigns.
- Major events: plan and implement annual fund raising events with the goal of broad participation and accessibility by all members.
- Planned giving: develop and implement a plan for including TBO in wills, making gifts of appreciated assets, an end-of-year giving plan, etc.
House and Grounds
The House and Grounds Committee is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of Temple Beth Or. This committee makes recommendations to the Board on all issues pertaining to building safety, repair, construction, renovations, etc. This committee also approves major furniture and art work in the Temple.
The Budget Committee is responsible for preparing the annual budget for presentation to both the Board and the Temple. The committee meets with all departments, committees, and staff to help prioritize the needs for the upcoming year. The committee also monitors the budget during the year to make any necessary changes.
Adult Learning Committee
The Adult Learning Committee views the congregation’s stated mission of Lifelong Jewish Learning as its primary goal. The Committee will work with the Education Committee to insure that Jewish Learning is seen as a personal objective of each temple member, regardless of age or any other factors. The committee will plan, develop and facilitate a diverse mix of programming.
By Laws Committee
This committee makes recommendations to the Board and Temple on issues pertaining to our by-laws (such as rules for membership categories).
This committee handles administration of the Temple-owned plots at Beth El/Cedar Park Cemetery.
Working with the Participation Committee, this committee will provide open houses for new members; create membership incentives; conduct a membership assessment; redesign membership application and brochure; assign mentors and buddies for new members and students of conversion; provide and train Shabbat and programmatic greeters; conduct exit interviews.
The Participation Committee will: publish and distribute a photo/membership directory; create and distribute a participation coupon booklet; conduct focus groups to cull the opinions of members and determine their interests and needs; communicate participation opportunities to members of the Congregation; create evaluation forms for all programs; and, honor TBO volunteers. Meetings will be monthly.
Religious School Committee
The Religious School Committee will provide advice and counsel to the Director of Lifelong Learning. The committee consults on curriculum issues, textbook selection, teacher hiring and evaluation, attendance policies, issues affecting home/school communication, classroom management and special programming. The committee is also responsible for organizing and running all school sponsored activities including fund raisers. These include Shabbat family dinners, family fun nights, book fairs, the Purim carnival, Passover candy sales and school based holiday celebrations. The committee meets once a month, in the evening, at the temple.
This committee maintains our library by ordering books and supplies, staffing the library during school hours, reading to classes, helping classes do research. The committee does not have regular formal meetings. Agreement is reached on how many school sessions each person wants to be in the Library for with a minimum of one per month.
The Social Action Committee supports the work of social justice in the congregation. The committee will:
- Serve as liaison to committees, affiliates, and Board on social justice issues.
- Plan and implement annual social justice calendar including ongoing events (such as overflow homeless shelter, Irvington Mitzvah Project, etc) and new events/mitzvah projects for the year.
- Identify social justice themes that should be the focus of the congregation.
- Engage the congregation in on-going advocacy work.
- Act quickly to deal with emergency social justice needs (such as hurricane relief).