Committees

Congregation Temple Israel's vibrant temple life is made possible through its wide range of volunteer-driven committees. 

 

Serving on a committee allows you to meet fellow congregants and make a difference in our community. With more than 20 different committees to choose from, there is something for everyone:

 

Adult Education

Members of this committee work with our congregation's Rabbis and Director of Education to plan, facilitate and promote a wide variety adult education programs.

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Budget

This committee oversees and works with lay leaders and staff to create a manageable, fiscally responsible budget for the congregation.

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Fabric Institute for Family Life

The mission of the Fred and Vida Fabric Jewish Life Institute is to cultivate stronger bonds and commitment to Jewish life within our homes, the Temple Israel family, and the community. Examples of programs instituted as a result of the Fabric Institute include Casual Shabbat, Jewish Living in 2003 and Bi-annual meetings of committee chairs.

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Facilities

Members of this committee assist in planning and evaluating needs for our buildings and grounds and make recommendations of necessary repairs and improvements to the Board of Trustees. They are also responsible for setting and updating the Temple's facilities use policies.

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Financial Controls

This committee is charged with managing the way in which the congregation handles its finances, as well as reviewing and recommending changes to financial control procedures. Committee members work with outside auditors to review compliance with applicable laws and guidelines.

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Fundraising

Members of this committee organize, plan and execute various fundraising projects each year. All monies raised support Temple operations and facilities.

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Human Resources

The Human Resources Committee’s goals and objectives include developing and implementing strategy, plans and programs to attract, motivate, develop and retain the best people to further Congregation Temple Israel’s mission, as well as to reduce the risk of employment litigation and protect our reputation in the community.

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Investment

Investment Committee members manage the congregation's portfolio of investments and Endowment funds. They are also charged with making recommendations about the annual spending rate for endowed funds to the Board of Trustees.

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Israel Engagement 

This committee helps connect the congregation with Israel and strives to help the congregation follow the portion of the Vision for Temple Israel which states: “Understanding the miracle that is the State of Israel, we shall rejoice in its existence and draw it near to our hearts through ritual, learning, celebration, and pilgrimages for youth and adults alike.”

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Leadership Development

Members of this Committee work with the President of Temple Israel's Board of Trustees to identify and mentor Temple members interested in taking on leadership roles in the congregation.

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Membership

With the mission of attracting and engaging congregants, this committee works with Temple staff and other committees to ensure that outreach efforts and temple programming are current and relevant to our existing and desired members.  The committee also creates and runs social programs to enhance members' feelings of community.

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New Mt. Sinai Cemetery

New Mt. Sinai is Congregation Temple Israel's cemetery. On behalf of the Temple, committee members serve on the cemetery board of trustees.

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Public Relations

The PR Committee is charged with publicizing, both internally and externally, programs, services and events that happen at Temple Israel. Additionally, the committee serves as a resource to other Temple committees in planning and promoting their programs and events. 

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Remembrance Book

Each year, this committee is responsible for the publication of the Book of Remembrance at Yom Kippur.

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Shofar Society

This committee helps to recruit and honor members who voluntarily raise their annual dues to special dues levels.

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Technology

The Technology Committee is responsible for the oversight of the technical infrastructure for the congregation that it requires in performing its daily activities and special events. The committee monitors the status of a wide range of technology in use by the congregation, sets strategic goals and takes action to maintain our systems and advance the technical infrastructure when possible.

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T.I.kes

Members of the T.I.kes Committee plan, facilitate and promote program opportunities for families with young children, including Tot Shabbat, pajama parties, Havdalah/pool parties, and trips to local sites of interest.

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Tikkun Olam

The Tikkun Olam Committee brings Temple Israel members together to perform deeds of social justice, tzedakah (justice) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness).


Challah Brigade: With monthly baking sessions for baking pros and novices alike, the Challah Brigade bakes challah to be distributed to families throughout the congregation in need of a little treat.

 

Crafting for Community: Knitting, sewing, crocheting, needlepointing and making note cards are the activities this group undertakes for local charities and the TI community.

 

Give-A-Meal-A-Month program: Temple members anonymously provide one bag of groceries each month to those served by the Jewish Food Pantry or Hosea House. Meals purchased through donations are provided to those in need at Covenant/Chai Houses.

Thanksgiving for Persons in Need: Each year, the committee hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need, a program which serves 500 men, women, and children from area shelters.

Faith Beyond Walls: T.I. is a charter member of Faith Beyond Walls, an interfaith volunteer program jointly sponsored by the St. Louis Clergy Coalition and the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Habitat for Humanity: As a member of the Jewish Social Action Network, T.I. sponsors home building projects for those in need of shelter.

Cell Phone Recycling: T.I is a collection point for old cell phones that will be used to benefit victims of domestic violence. The program accepts any old wireless phones, including batteries and chargers, and reprograms them to dial 911 or a non-emergency number like a domestic violence shelter.

High Holy Days Toiletries Collection: each year worshipers are asked to bring donations of toiletries for distribution to our local food pantries.

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Ushering

Members of this committee are the face of our congregation at Shabbat and Holy Day services as they greet members and guests, and help to make members and visitors feel welcome and comfortable at the Temple.

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Women's ConnecTIon

Temple Israel's Wommen's ConnecTIon is a group designed to strengthen women's conections with one another and with the Temple. Programs are planned throughout the year by women, for women.

 

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Worship Experience

This committee works with our Rabbis to develop the congregation's worship program.

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Youth Activities

Members of this committee facilitate programming for our Temple youth including the College Outreach Program, Temple Israel Cotillion, and the congregation's youth groups.

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Youth Education

Committee members work with the Rabbis and the Director of Education to set school policies, develop and implement programs and oversee the operation of the Temple's Religious and Hebrew Schools.

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