Temple Beth El has strong lay leadership and plenty of opportunities to have a voice in the vision and priorities of our synagogue. We invite you to share your passion and expertise by joining committees of interest. Contact us for more information on how to get involved!
Temple Beth El Brotherhood is comprised of men who are dedicated to the preservation of Jewish tradition. The goal of Brotherhood is to strengthen the social and spiritual ties among Temple members by providing members with a rewarding and enjoyable series of programs and events, through guest speakers, social activities and community service projects. Members of Brotherhood serve as ushers during Shabbat services as well as High Holy Day services. The Brotherhood meets monthly from September through June, and has guest speakers at its Sunday breakfast or weekday evening dinner meetings.
BUILDING, PROPERTY AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
This committee is responsible for major capital purchases, maintenance of insurance, repairs, and upkeep of properties. In addition a sub-committee focused on Interior Design serves as a review board for purchasing or accepting gifts of artwork and furniture and advises on how we use and decorate our space.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE
This committee is responsible for explaining Judaism to the non-Jewish community and for liaison work with churches and schools, and preparing explanatory guides. In addition, a subcommittee on Comparative Religion organizes a 6 week annual community series on varied religious and ethical issues.
This committee is responsible for proposing and preparing a program for the creation and enhancement of funds and endowments from sources other than sacred gifts and ways and means activities. This committee manages and implements such programs including the Create Your Jewish Legacy program.
This committee is charged with maintaining the financial integrity and stability of the Temple. The Committee works on annual commitments and collections, annual financial statements, annual budgeting, and with congregants who need financial assistance. This committee produces a written report analyzing income, and makes recommendations for any changes. Financial background will be very helpful for this Committee.
HINEYNU: WE ARE HERE
Hineynu promotes a strong and sacred community through thoughtful and meaningful acts of kindness that connect, nurture, and sustain our Temple family. In doing so, we seek to embody the Hebrew concept of hineynu (“We are here”). We are here not only to console one another in times of hardship, but also to support each other in times of need and to celebrate together in times of joy.
HUMAN RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Serving as a sounding board and advisory group, this committee works strategically with our Executive Director and President of the Board to address ongoing HR needs and issues.
The Israel Committee plans programs to educate our congregants about the issues confronting Israelis who consider themselves Progressive, Liberal Jews [i.e. the equivalent of Reform and Conservative Jews in the US] to develop an ongoing and supportive relationship with Birkat Shalom, our sister/twin congregation located on Kibbutz Gezer; to sponsor one or more yearly trips to Israel, involving Temple Beth El youth as well as adult congregants.
Keshet (“rainbow” in Hebrew) focuses on Jewish learning/education, community partnerships, and social events for LGBT members, their families, and allies. Keshet appears every year at Charlotte Pride and advocates for LGBT Civil Rights.
LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEE
This committee is responsible for evaluating proposed changes to the bylaws and constitution and assuring that language is consistent with intended Temple policy. It also provides counsel to officers and staff of the Temple on legal matters that arise in the day-to-day operation of the Temple.
LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
The Long Range Planning Committee looks at the future of Temple Beth El and issues such as fiscal responsibility, growth, programming and priorities.
MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE
This Member Services Committee focuses on all things related to congregational engagement, helping members make connections and build relationships at Temple Beth El. We do this by welcoming new members, overseeing Sacred Gifts, organizing Greeters for services and special events, and even providing outreach opportunities in the community. We also serve as the umbrella committee for the Temple’s social organizations and conversion program. Our committee represents the interests of ALL congregants, and strives to engage each and every one of them in our warm and vibrant community.
The Porch is Temple Beth El’s thriving Young Adults and Families with Young Children community. The Porch is a broad community that builds connections between Jewish adults and families from recent college graduates to parents of preschoolers in their early 40s. This diverse community offers many different types of community-building programming from Happy Hours, to Tot Shabbat, to Havdalah services, all seeking to give people many portals into Jewish life where they can find deep personal meaning and build significant relationships with others engaged in Jewish living.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL COMMITTEE
The Religious School Committee is made up of dedicated parents and congregants who provide support and guidance to our school. The committee plans and executes events such as Teacher Appreciation and Education Shabbat, Mitzvah Day, Religious School Shabbat Potluck Dinners and more that make the school year full and exciting.
The Women of Reform Judaism of Temple Beth El, known as the Sisterhood, is an organization for “women supporting women.” The sisterhood provides education, spirituality, tzedakah, service and social opportunities for the community. The profits from Discovered Traditions, the Sisterhood’s gift shop, provide financial assistance for families who need help with Religious School and Hebrew High tuitions.
SOCIAL JUSTICE / SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE (TZEDEK COUNCIL)
To coordinate the efforts of Temple Beth El members to live out the Reform Jewish value of tikkun olam by providing opportunities to engage in social action efforts and to work toward systemic change in our community.
Programs for members age 50 and older are planned for the first and third Wednesday of each month. Social events are planned for all Temple Beth El members age 50 and over who wish to join. Activities include study with the clergy, speakers, concerts, and more.
This committee is responsible for the technology at Temple including the computer network, phone system, web site, and membership software. Constant evaluation of our systems is necessary to be most efficient and effective in operating the Temple.
Temple Beth El has provided its members with a worship experience that is meaningful and caring. The worship committee is responsible for recommending changes in ritual to the Board, including music, and may authorize experimental services. The Worship Committee has worked closely with our clergy and Board of Directors regarding issues of decorum and etiquette during religious services.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Temple Beth El has a very strong and vibrant Youth Department and has evolved into one of the most active Temple youth groups in the region. The Youth Engagement Committee helps to oversee the events and activities of the youth groups for kindergarteners through high school age youth.