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Committees and Task Forces



If you are interested in helping “run” the Temple, consider volunteering for one of our Governance Committees, Task Forces, and Working Groups such as Membership, Religious Education, Worship, Finance, or Communications.

Contact our Director of Congregational Engagement (ten.molahselpmet@yssim) for help finding something that matches your interests and skills.

  • Adult Education Committee
  • ARZA Committee - ARZA, the Zionist organization of the Reform Movement in the United States, works in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Israel Movement for Reform/Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and their affiliates. Also ARZA represent United States Reform Jews in national and international Zionist organizations. This committee promotes and advocates for a Jewish, pluralistic and democratic society in the state of Israel, links the people and institutions of the Reform Movements in the United States and Israel and helps ensure that a connection with Israel is a fundamental part of Jewish identity and a belief in Jewish peoplehood - K'lal Yisrael.
  • Capital Projects Committee - The Capital Projects Committee is responsible for major improvements and changes to the Temple building.
  • Chavurah Committee - The purpose of the Chavurah Committee is to assist in forming new Chavurot, to help existing Chavurot find new members, and to coordinate Temple Shalom Chavurot activities.
  • Finance Committee - To develop and maintain an investment policy for the Bruce E. Kahn Endowment Fund, the Temple Shalom Special Purpose Funds, the Operating Reserve Fund and the Capital Reserve Fund, and to invest and monitor the investments in these funds.  To serve as an advisory panel to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors on financially related matters.
  • Financial Future Committee - Temple Shalom is always looking for help in developing the breadth and depth of philanthropy in our community.   Beyond generous dues, each year we host community-building fundraisers along with targeted and broader appeals.
  • Founders Committee - The Founders Committee helps ensure a strong connection of our present and future to the past.
  • House and Grounds Committee - This committee identifies repairs and improvements needed for the building.  We prioritize based on funds available and immediacy of a problem.  If necessary, we contract to have repairs made and follow up as needed.
  • Member Committee - The Membership Committee works to invite new and prospective members to the Temple Shalom family. The Membership Committee also works to engage new and long-time members so they feel welcome and enjoy all the benefits of congregational life.  
  • Music Committee - The music committee is a vibrant and creative group who meets regularly to discuss musical concert and worship programming, create the music budget of Temple Shalom as well as supporting the music program events throughout the year. If you are passionate about Jewish music and outreach through programming this committee is for you!
  • Religious Education Committee - The REC supports Associate Rabbi Rachel Ackerman in enhancing our vibrant Religious and Hebrew education for our children.  From the Purim Carnival to coordinating class parents to helping with administrative work and so much more, the REC helps ensure a strong Jewish identity for our youth.
  • Special Purpose Funds Committee - Temple Shalom currently has twelve special purpose funds that were established to enhance the Temple’s offerings both at the synagogue itself and in activities that benefit its congregants and the community at large. These Special Funds’ purposes include, but are not limited to: Scholarships for religious and leadership training, programs in Israel and summer youth camp, Purchase of books for the Temple library, Scholar-in-residence programs, Temple Shalom’s madrachim program, Purchase of prayer books, Music programming and Shir Shalom activities, Speakers for Temple events, Congregants in need of assistance to meet religious school obligations and Temple Shalom’s Torah Study Program.
  • Tikkun Olam Committee - Temple Shalom is committed to social action and the Jewish value of repairing the world. Check out some opportunities to help with Tikkun Olam.
  • Worship Committee - The Worship Committee works with our clergy to offer lay views on the ways we pray, including how to organize Temple services - when they are offered, to whom they are targeted, what kind of prayer books we use, etc.
  • Youth Committee - The Youth Committee supports the work of the Temple Youth Director, TaSTY (Temple Shalom Youth Group) and TaSTY Kids in promoting a Jewish social community and environment for Temple kids and teens.
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