The strength of Temple Beth-El exists in the hearts and energies of our members. With this in mind, Temple Beth-El welcomes all congregants to BE Involved in a way that is meaningful and significant to them personally. Temple Beth-El committees seeking members are:
Ambassador Program (Welcoming newcomers) – Cindy May/Maurine Halpern
Cemetery (Care, maintenance & record keeping for TBE’s cemeteries) – Edward Golberg/David Reznik
Chesed (Loving kindness to our seniors, mourners & others in need) – Sandra Gilbert/Cindy May/Dorothy Ziff
Chevra Kadisha (Preparation for Burial) – Virginia Heiman/Micky Rubenstein/Eph Mazer
College Connection (Sending holiday goodies to our young adults) – Jan Jaffe
Fundraising (Programming & financial planning for our future) – Heidi Damsky/Bob Greenberg/Jacob Halpern/Marjorie Perlman/Steven Sikora
House (Oversee upkeep of our spiritual home) – Ron Froehlich/Marvin Shelsky
Keruv (Welcoming/ Interfaith Family Initiative) – Cindy May/Maurine Halpern
Men’s Club (Social/Educational programming for men of all ages) – Allen Halpern
Minyan (Twice daily, 7 days a week) – Matt Levey/Greg Odrezin/Melvin Zivitz
Personnel – Julian Brook/Gary Weintraub
Religious School (Grades Pre K-10) & B’nai Mitzvah Training – Rabbi Stephen Slater/Sarah Metzger
Ritual (Upholding Conservative Jewish laws) – Cindy May/Jessica Goldstein
Security (Keeping our building and members safe) – Herb Rosenbaum/Allen Halpern
Sisterhood (Social/Educational programming for ladies of all ages) – Arlene Fisher/Sue Lischkoff
[T]Be Involved Social Action (Helping others in the Greater Birmingham Community) – Dalia Abrams
Torah Reading (During Shabbat) – Jessica Goldstein
Tot Shabbat Program (Up to age 5 during Shabbat) – Shira Goldberg
Youth Groups (Grades 3-12) – Sarah Metzger
Additional Temple Beth-El Committees
Finance Committee: This committee develops the operating budget and makes recommendations to the executive committee and Board of Directors regarding management and development of the temple’s financial resources. The Finance Committee evaluates expenses and needs and recommends financial policy as necessary.
Temple Beth-El Foundation: The Temple Beth-El Foundation was created to protect Temple Beth-El’s financial future through endowment and to enhance ongoing programming through a system of grants. The Foundation holds regular meetings and has its own Board and President, elected every two years. The current president is Seth Wolnek.
Nominating Committee: chaired by the immediate past president, and its members are selected by the chairperson. The committee is charged with developing a slate of officers and board members to present to the membership for voting at the annual meeting.
Ritual: This committee focuses on ritual aspects of synagogue life. A significant function of the ritual committee is to distribute honors at the High Holidays in cooperation with lay and professional leadership. This committee is chaired by Jessica Goldstein and Cindy May.
Board of Education: The Board of Education supervises and supports the operation of the religious school. The PTO (The Parent/Teacher Organization) is a subgroup of the Board of Education, and its function is to provide planning and hands-on support for school programming and activities.
Ramah Scholarship: The Ramah Scholarship Committee gives need-based grants to members of TBE who wish to attend Camp Ramah. Additionally, the function of the committee is to provide publicity to inform the congregation of scholarship availability.
Clubs and Programming Groups
Sisterhood: Temple Beth-El Sisterhood has its own Executive Committee and Board and elects a representative to the TBE Board of Directors. The Sisterhood welcomes Jewish women, regardless of synagogue affiliation, and voted in recent years to make a category of membership available to non-Jewish spouses of members. The Sisterhood has many well known signature programs within the synagogue, such as Gala and the annual Yizkor Book and the Gift Shop, and contributes significant funds to the school, the youth department for travel subsidies, and to the synagogue. The current Temple Beth-El Sisterhood co-chairs are Arlene Fisher and Sue Lischkoff. Learn more about the Sisterhood »
Men’s Club: The Men’s Club of Temple Beth-El has over 150 members, most of whom attend programming regularly. The Men’s Club has its own Executive Committee and is represented on the TBE Board of Directors. Men’s Club membership is available to any male member of TBE who has reached the age of Bar Mitzvah. Major Men’s Club programs include the 5th Grade Tefilin program, World Wide Wrap and the providing of Yom HaShoah candles annually to all synagogue members, among many others. The Men’s Club also has a popular annual kickoff sports event each year. The current Men’s Club President is Allen Halpern. Learn more about the Men’s Club »