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Budget and Finance Committee 
Early Childhood Committee
Endowment Fund Advisory Committee
Governance Committee
High Holy Day Greeters Committee
Human Resources Committee
Legal Affairs Committee
Marketing Committee
Membership Committee
Programs Committee
Strategic Planning and Facilities
Religious School Committee
Resource Development/Fundraising/Capital Campaign Committee
Youth Engagement Committee

 

Budget and Finance Committee

Chair: Eric Muhlheim

 

The Budget and Finance Committee prepares the annual operating budget for the Congregation, monitors revenues and expenditures, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding financial matters. The Budget and Finance Committee is also responsible for establishing appropriate financial policies and procedures.

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Early Childhood Committee

Co-Chair: Myra Lurie and Bunni Fischer

 

The Early Childhood Committee is a parents' association that builds community and facilitates communication between the ECC and the families who attend the ECC.  The Committee develops, implements, preserves, and advances the Early Childhood Center of Temple Emanuel. The committee upholds the religious philosophy of Temple Emanuel, providing an education in the spirit of Judaism, its heritage, and rich tradition.

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Endowment Fund Advisory Committee

Chair: Brian Weinberg

 

The Endowment Fund Advisory Committee is responsible for:

  • Maintaining and developing religious, cultural, educational, welfare, and communal activities in fulfillment of the principles and ideals of Temple Emanuel and Reform Judaism.
  • Making gifts for special purposes in accordance with those principles and ideals.
  • Receiving, holding, investing, and disposing of real, personal and mixed property donated to the Temple.
  • Using and distributing the income and principal received by the Fund.

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Governance Committee

Chair: Kristin Jameson

 

The Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing and revising (subject to Board approval) Temple documents relating to governance, such as by-laws and written policies, and procedures. The Committee is also responsible for ensuring that the Board acts in accordance with its by-laws, policies, and procedures.

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High Holy Day Greeters Committee

Co-Chairs: Brian Weinberg and Howard Fisher

 

The High Holy Day Greeter Committee recruits and organizes volunteers to help greet attendees at our High Holy Day services. The Committee also maintains a schedule of the services and those who have volunteered for them.  The Committee trains greeter volunteers as to what is expected of them as a greeter, including the act of greeting, the maintenance of the loaner book program, and assisting members who arrive at services either without tickets, or who have their tickets at "will call" for pickup.

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Human Resources Committee

Chairs: Lew Rudzki

 

The Human Resources Committee is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance of senior staff who report directly to the Board of Directors, e.g. Clergy and the Executive Director, as well as making recommendations to the Board regarding these positions. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting yearly evaluations of Clergy and the Executive Director.
  • Evaluating and making recommendations to the Board regarding Clergy requests for sabbaticals, and other extended leaves from the Temple.
  • Reviewing Clergy contracts and ensuring that contract renewals and negotiations are conducted in a timely and efficient manner.

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Legal Affairs Committee

Chair: Jeffrey Wolf

 

The Legal Affairs Committee is an advisory committee comprised of attorneys in various fields of practice.  The Committee provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors by evaluating legal issues and providing guidance and solutions to those issues. 

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Marketing Committee

Chair: Bonnie Nissenbaum

 

The Marketing Committee offers consensus and provides support as necessary to generate exposure and increase awareness of Temple Emanuel in order to build its presence and reputation in the marketplace.  The objective is for the Temple’s various marketing channels to positively influence prospects, elevate positioning as a sought-out community for Jews and their loved ones, and deter members from leaving (ultimately, recruitment and retention).

The Committee operates in a strategic advisory role, in regard to communications and initiatives designed to drive demand for Temple Emanuel membership, its schools, programs, venues, and miscellaneous services that are also conduits to membership.  Primarily, the Committee supports the “Hub” of marketing staffers, advise s and provides strategic support as needed and requested for the activities that the Hub executes as part of its responsibilities: communications; public relations and media outreach; marketing support for programs and events; partnerships; creative/visual services and brand identity (graphics, collaterals, video) and digital services (website, social media, SEO, etc.). 

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Membership Committee

Co-Chairs: Lilly Lewis and Farhad Novian

 

The Membership Committee is charged with working to ensure membership retention. 

Recently, the Committee has attempted to fulfill this mission through social and congregational functions and activities, such as the Shabbat dinner in early February, followed by a Shabbat Unplugged Service, designed to welcome new members to the Synagogue.  Currently, the Committee is working on a plan to match members who are looking for post-Yom Kippur “break fast” celebrations with host families.

The Committee has also embarked on a plan to broaden its efforts through a partnership with the Marketing Committee, extending its focus to bringing new members to the Synagogue and ensuring their satisfaction once they are here.

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Programs Committee

Chair: Diane Vanette

 

The Program Committee is the repository for ALL TEMPLE PROGRAMS with the exception of religious services and venue rentals. Every member of the Senior Staff, Heads of Schools, Lay Leadership, Committee Chairs, and Members of the Congregation must present an explanation of the proposed program or activity to the Chair of the Committee for review and confirmation before adding to the Temple Calendar.

Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating the large number of programs requested annually
  • Reviewing all proposed annual programs or annual Temple activities.
  • Reviewing and determining viability of all requests for programs.
  • Coordinating the Temple Calendar for successful event planning, marketing, and execution.
  • Communicating with persons requesting events that may or may not be accepted as a viable program.
  • Planning the Adult Education class schedule for each year.
  • Coordinating the program activities with the staff in the HUB.
  • Creating and requesting a budget for Adult Education and other programs.
  • Ensuring Marketing is executed regularly.
  • Creating sub committees to ensure the success of some specific yearly events.
  • Attending the Annual Calendar meeting with Senior Staff.
  • Reviewing all yearly programs and evaluating the success and cost.

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Strategic Planning and Facilities

Chair: Scott Stone

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Religious School Committee

Chair: Farhad Novian

 

The Religious School Committee is a parents' association that builds community and facilitates communication between the Religious School and the families who attend the Religious School.  The Committee also participates in fundraising events that benefit all of the Temple’s schools. 

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Resource Development/Fundraising/Capital Campaign Committee

Chair: Mark Schwartz

 

The Resources Development Committee is responsible for coordinating all fundraising activities for the Synagogue, with oversight of the fundraising activities of the individual schools.  There are several fundraising campaigns that the Temple is currently undertaking.  

The Capital Campaign is about to enter Phase II which raises money for the buildings and their maintenance. 

Within the Annual Campaign, there are several facets:

  • The Pillar Program, which solicits additional donations to the Temple each year starting with $2,000 and going up to $50,000.
  • The High Holy Day Appeal, which solicits congregants and guests during the period before and after the High Holy Days.
  • The Year-End Campaign which solicits members for additional donations at the end of the calendar year.
  • The Purim Ball – the annual fundraising dinner.
  •  Aishet Chayil – the annual fundraising event for the schools. 

The Legacy Campaign solicits members to make testamentary gifts (gifts made through wills or estate plans) to the Temple.

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Youth Engagement Committee

Chair: Tony Storm

 

The Youth Engagement Committee has been tasked with understanding how and why some Temple youth remain engaged in the Temple and greater Jewish community post Bat Mitzvah, while others do not.  The Committee will use this information to support and promote existing programming (both within and outside of the Temple community) and assist in the development of new programming with the overarching goal of increasing Temple youth engagement at Temple Emanuel.

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