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Committees

Temple Beth Sholom would not be "a wonderful place to be Jewish" without our volunteer committees. Each committee plays a vital role and we welcome and depend on the many talents of our congregants. There are many ways to participate in synagogue life, so please consider joining one of our committees and taking on a more active role within our congregational family. For more information on how to get involved, please call the Main Office at (941) 955-8121.

Ad Journal

The Ad Journal Committee works closely with the Temple Admnistrator. These volunteers help sell ads and tributes, assist with the layout and copy, and help distribute the journals to members.

Audit

The Audit Committee is charged with retaining and directing an outside auditor to review the financial statements of the synagogue.

By-Laws

The By-Laws committee is responsible for the drafting and/or analyzing of proposed amendments to the by-laws on an as needed basis.

Catering

The Catering Committee works with the Temple Administrator and makes recommendations regarding catering policies at Temple Beth Sholom.

Cemetery

The Cemetery Committee oversees the operations of the Temple Beth Sholom cemetery. This group of dedicated volunteers oversees the maintenance of gravesites & sales to members.

College Connection

Funded by the Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club and overseen by the Youth Director, this committee serves as a connection between college students and college-age military personnel and their home congregation, Temple Beth Sholom. The goal is to maintain contact so that we can support their ties to Judaism. We hope that this will remind our kids of their heritage and their bond with our synagogue. Holiday greetings and packages are sent throughout the year and parents and youth group volunteers put the packages together.

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education plans, publicizes, and facilitates opportunities for Jewish learning for our adult members.  Our clergy and professional staff, as well as others in the community, teach courses on a wide range of topics. Additionally, the Committee sponsors an annual Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat.  We welcome members who wish to join the committee as well as teach or help organize programs.

Daily Minyan

Daily Minyan committee members are present in our chapel, six days a week to serve as a minyan, to say Kaddish for the departed, and to offer solace and companionship to the bereaved. This group works closely with the rabbi and works to recruit other members to share in this communal responsibility.

Endowment

The Endowment Committee works to promote the Temple Endowment Fund to ensure Temple Beth Sholom’s long-term financial viability.

Finance

The Finance Committee is responsible for preparing the annual Temple Beth Sholom budget and for recommending the temple’s annual dues structure for the congregation.

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee organizes events and activities to supplement the dues income of Temple Beth Sholom to help support temple operations, facilities, and programming. In addition, the Fundraising Committee oversees and organizes the annual Kol Nidre appeal.

Grounds and Maintenance

The Grounds and Maintenance Committee is responsible for the physical facilities of our congregation. They work closely with the Temple Admnistrator and make recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to maintaining, repairing and improving the temple buildings, grounds, equipment and facilities.

Havurot

This committee helps form new Havurot and assists with programming, publicity and all other Havurah functions.

Hebrew Reading Tutors

Hebrew reading volunteer tutors are needed for our students in both the Paver Religious School and the Goldie Feldman Academy. Please call the Education Office for more information.

Idelson Library

The Idelson Library Committee maintains the synagogue library, coordinates book purchases, plans special events, and provides resources to our students & teachers. Volunteers reshelf books, track overdue materials, prepare new books for the shelves, manage the Library Cart on Shabbat, and assist with other work as needed.

Judaica Museum

The Judaica Museum Committee works to serve as an educational resource about Jewish arts, culture and lifestyle through its permanent and rotating exhibits. Committee members find ways to develop and integrate the collection into the life of the congregation and to raise money to maintain and add to it.

Judaica Shop

The TBS Judaica Shop is sponsored and run entirely by volunteers of the Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood. All profits go directly to the Sisterhood, which, in turn, contributes to the many functions and programs held at the synagogue. Volunteers are always welcome!

Marketing/Communication

The Marketing and Communication Committee works closely with the Temple Administrator to ensure that congregants and the Sarasota-Manatee community are aware of activities at Temple Beth Sholom. They work to gather, print and promote information on synagogue activities. They assist the Membership Committee in developing methods to contact and attract prospective members.

Membership

The Membership Committee works closely with the Temple Administrator to increase membership and welcome visitors and new members to Temple Beth Sholom. They help acquaint new members with the various aspects of the synagogue and work to integrate new members into the life of the congregation. Members help deliver “welcome baskets” to new members to foster a feeling of genuine warmth in the synagogue as a second home and family.

Men’s Club

The Men’s Club joins together for fellowship, study, congregational and community service, social action and to further the interests of contemporary Jewish men at TBS. Volunteers are always welcome!

Mitzvah Day

This committee plans a huge congregation-wide program to help community organizations in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Each year, hundreds of volunteers offer their services to local charitable organizations, all to help make our world a better place.

Nominations

The Nominating Committee is responsible for interviewing and selecting members of the congregation for vacant positions on the Board of Directors. Once the slate is established by this committee, the Nominating Committee presents this slate at our congregation's annual meeting to be voted on by the congregation.

Office Helping Hands

The Office Helping Hands Committees works with the Temple Administrator to recruit volunteers to assist with synagogue mailings, phone calls and other office work.

Paver Religious School Advisory Board

The Paver Religious School Advisory Board serves the Director of Congregational Learning in an administrative support and advisory capacity in all areas of the religious school except those directly dealing with the educational process. The Advisory Board assists the religious school administration with public relations, recruitment of new students, fund raising, parent volunteers, and other activities of the religious school.

Ritual

The role of the Ritual Committee is to enhance worship at Temple Beth Sholom. Committee members work as an advisory committee in conjunction with the clergy of the synagogue to set guidelines for all religious services and functions. In addition, Ritual Committee members coordinate aliyot and other honors during High Holiday services, ensure usher coverage at all services, provide assistance for any congregant needing special attention, act as Gabbai during services, and help make services run smoothly.

Security

The Security Committee works closely with the Temple Administrator and the Board of Directors to address security issues at the synagogue. They advise and supervise in all matters relating to the security of the synagogue building and its membership.

Sisterhood

Sisterhood members organize social action projects, spiritual gatherings and special holiday observances. They provide opportunities for intellectual discussion and Torah study. Sisterhood oversees the synagogue Judaica Shop and raises money for scholarships to the Paver Religious School. Make friends and make a difference by getting involved in Sisterhood!

Social Action

The Social Action Committee works to carry out the mission of fulfillment of mitzvot through direct service, education about Jewish tradition and community issues, and advocacy. In accord with the policies established by the Board of Directors, the Social Action Committee responds to needs and issues through activities appropriate to Jewish ethical values, and creates opportunities for congregations to participate in such activities.

Special Needs

The Special Needs Committee works to remove barriers of architecture, communications and attitudes that encourage people with all levels of ability and disability to practice Judaism and use their gifts in worship, study, service, leadership and social interactions.

Strategic Planning

The Strategic Planning Committee assumes the responsibility of implementing the recommendations that were established in the 2008 Strategic Plan. They continue to gather information and develop new short and long-term objectives for the betterment of the synagogue.


Temple Beth Sholom Day School Advisory Board

The Temple Beth Sholom Day School Advisory Board serves the TBS Day School Director in an administrative support and advisory capacity in all areas of the day school except those directly dealing with the educational process. They assist with public relations, recruitment of new students, fund raising, parent volunteers, and other activities of the school.

Temple Beth Sholom Day School Parent Association

The Temple Beth Sholom Day School Parent Association is the formal organization for parents to become involved in their children’s school activities. Parents work with the Temple Beth Sholom Day School Advisory Board and with the school administration to build a partnership to support school activities, including volunteer coordination, fund raising, community advocacy, faculty appreciation, and the organization of family–orientated activities.

Torah/Haftarah

Congregants are encouraged to read Torah and Haftarah portions. The Hazzan works with volunteer coordinators to assign parts. Preparatory courses and chanting skills are taught regularly through the Torah Club program.


Ushers/Greeters

Ushers and greeters enable services and special programs to run smoothly and efficiently. Volunteers greet members and guests and distribute programs and prayer books to congregants as they enter the sanctuary.

Visitor Tours

The Visitor Tours Committee works closely with the Temple Administrator. They welcome potential members to Temple Beth Sholom and show them around the synagogue campus. These volunteers are known for hospitality and knowledge of the area, which ensures the success of each visitor’s experience.

We Care

The We Care Committee of Temple Beth Sholom assists members and their families in times of need. During the year, We Care does a number of different things to help others in our Temple Beth Sholom family, including visiting members in the hospital, rehab, or who are homebound, providing meals for members who, due to illness or other circumstances, cannot help themselves, providing rides to services, medical appointments and to other events. We Care also ensures that Torah Fund cards are sent to individuals in these circumstances. All members are warmly encouraged to take part with whatever time commitment they can afford and fulfill the mitzvah of caring for one’s neighbors.

Youth Commission

The Youth Commission works to ensure that Temple Beth Sholom’s youth programs are engaging and compelling so that our children want to participate in the many activities offered. This committee works with the Youth Director to foster a sense of belonging and Jewish identity and connection to Conservative Judaism. They also support leadership development and participation in regional and national leadership programs. Our youth commission is made up 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.

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