Participate in a Committee! Committees, working groups, and volunteer efforts are the backbone of Temple Beth Torah activities. By partnering with the clergy and staff, volunteers amplify everything that happens at Temple Beth Torah. Some traditional committees have evolved to meet our changing congregational needs; new committees also arise in response to member interests. If you feel like getting involved and forming new connections, take the first step here by reaching out and letting us know.
B’nai Mitzvah – The B’nai Mitzvah Committee guides Temple Beth Torah families through the B’nai Mitzvah process, ensuring that the journey is both seamless and memorable. From determining the B’nai Mitzvah date to the actual day and everything in between, the B’nai Mitzvah Committee is there to be both a guide and resource. The B’nai Mitzvah Committee also coordinates elements of other committees and projects as it pertains to the B’nai Mitzvah experience.
Brotherhood – Brotherhood brings together the men of Temple Beth Torah for social interactions and in service to the Temple. We run our own events and also participate with the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs of Metrowest. We help set up the Temple for holidays and keep the grounds clean. We also collaborate with the Sisterhood whenever possible to bring the men and women together. Please contact Brett Feldman, Brotherhood Chair at (617) 947-8200 or email@example.com.
Early Childhood – The Early Childhood Committee creates opportunities for our youngest children and families to learn and grow as Jews and as participants in our warm and welcoming congregation. Programs such as Tot Shabbat and Tots and Tales help our youngest members connect with Judaism, and help our youngest families build community with one another.
Community Relations – We share Temple Beth Torah and community news, events and announcements through social media, local newspapers, online outlets and other publicity.
Education – In partnership with the School Coordinator and the Rabbi, the Education Committee guides the activities of the Morris Nirenberg Religious School. The School and its teaching faculty work to educate our community’s children and families on the beliefs and practices that define us as Jews, and to invite them into a deeper relationship with Jewish living and identity.
Facilities – Facilities is the team responsible for maintaining and improving the physical setting of the Temple. From maintaining physical operations to the cleanliness of our classrooms and hallways to maintaining COVID safeguards, Facilities works to ensure that congregants and visitors have a safe and pleasant experience in our sanctuary, School, and offices.
Finance – The Finance Committee works with the Temple’s leadership to create a balanced budget that meets the needs and goals of the congregation. The Finance Committee represents a financial viewpoint at various other meetings throughout the year so that our decisions meet the fiscal needs of the synagogue. The Finance Committee also works with congregants in need of financial aid so they can continue to be valuable members of our community without experiencing financial stress.
Fundraising – The Fundraising Committee works to increase the financial resources available to Temple Beth Torah, to help ensure that our community is strong, vibrant and will continue into the future. We work to raise money from individual donations as well as from events and activities that bring our community together.
Israel Action – IAC seeks to deepen the relationship of members of Temple Beth Torah with modern Israel through programs that directly impact and connect with each of their lives and foster lifelong learning about Israel including Israeli culture, current events, spiritual life, political affairs and Israeli entertainment. IAC also oversees The CJP Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel Program which is a unique savings plan to help parents send their children on a life-changing experience to Israel. The program is designed so that TBT and CJP help families make a trip to Israel a reality for their children during the high school years.
Marketing – The Community Relations/Marketing Committee is the Temple’s outreach arm to the greater community of which we are a part. We share and promote our services, programs and special events on social media and via print. We seek to be a resource for activities in the Greater Boston/Metrowest Jewish community, Holliston and surrounding towns as good neighbors. We ensure our events are open to all. We are often the first point of contact for people interested in becoming members or learning about our religious school.
Membership – The Membership Committee serves as the gateway to engaging in the Temple Beth Torah community. We welcome inquiries and reach out to individuals and families. We share with those interested what we are about, address questions about our faith community and ritual practice, welcome and support new members and work to expand our congregation.
Ritual – The Ritual Committee works in partnership with the Rabbi to develop and implement a spiritual and meaningful Jewish life for our congregation that is rooted in Conservative Judaism. This includes life cycle events and Shabbat and holiday services. We encourage congregants and committee members to offer ideas and requests to further develop our Jewish life. We work with other committees on special programming and review policies so they meet our congregational goal of being an open and welcoming community.
Sisterhood – TBT Sisterhood is a women’s organization of members united to help Sisterhood and TBT members/families to feel connected, included, engaged and committed to each other like family. TBT Sisterhood is also a part of the New England Region of Women’s League of Conservative Judaism. We care about each other and lend support to help others. Sisterhood offers interesting and enjoyable programming. We encourage and ensure that every Sisterhood experience is a positive one. We can be counted on to lend a hand in many areas and projects, among these spreading the word about TBT, supporting our Religious School, and the many Sisterhood activities throughout the year.
Tikkun Olam –The Tikkun Olam Committee is concerned with showing chesed (loving-kindness), providing tzedakah (charity), and pursuing tzedek (social justice) within and outside our congregation. Our goal is to engage with one another in meaningful projects and activities that will result in a kinder, more accepting world. We also want to build personal connections among members within our Temple Beth Torah community, based on shared concerns about our local and broader communities.
Youth – The Youth Committee is responsible for engaging and connecting with the young people of the Temple Beth Torah community, especially our teens. The Youth Committee runs Mitzvah Corps, our teen community service program. The Youth Committee also works closely with the Early Education, Education, and B’nai Mitzvah committees to help organize programming for youth of all ages and create a strong community among our youth.