Temple Beth Rishon is a community of volunteers which prides itself on its ability to provide a wide range of ritual, educational and social programs. These pursuits are propelled by the leadership and commitment of our members who volunteer their time and energy. There are endless opportunities to get involved and meet new people, either by doing a mitzvot, taking a class or joining a lay leadership committee.
As you explore our website to become acquainted with our extensive choice of activities, please consider which one sparks your interest or your desire to become actively involved. Then, simply email our VP of Membership or the committee chairperson responsible for that particular program from the list below. We will then reach out to you to discuss the opportunities available and to help find the right fit for you within our community. Thank you for your interest in becoming an integral part of our community.
Board of Trustees - is comprised of a dedicated group of lay leaders who support the Administrative Board in making essential financial, educational, fundraising, facility, and social decisions to improve the infrastructure of TBR.
Nominating Committee - works with the president of the temple to help to identify and recruit potential lay leaders to replace outgoing Administrative Board and Board of Trustee members.
Spring Fundraiser Event Committee - organizes and plans the Spring fundraiser event, including date, honoree, decor, catering, entertainment, marketing. Contact Jennifer Benenson.
Ad Journal Committee - solicits ads from local businesses and congregants for inclusion in our annual ad journal which is usually published in conjunction with our Spring Fundraiser. Contact Diane Gess or Michael Goldberg
Grant Committee - The Grant Committee provides institutional support for seeking external funding for initiatives that serve the interests of Temple Beth Rishon. It identifies TBR programming priorities and assesses new opportunities that would benefit from funding. The Committee will then review external funding opportunities that may align with these opportunities, and then prepare and submit written grant proposals. Contact Jennifer Benenson.
Ritual Committee - works with the Rabbi and Cantor, offering comments and advice regarding attendance and participation in Shabbat and holiday services, organizing festival service schedules and participants, examining elements of congregational worship, overseeing the upkeep and maintenance of the temple's ritual objects, providing information regarding life cycle events and more. Contact David Schwartz, Ritual Chairperson.
High Holiday Committee - orchestrates the complex components of High Holiday Services to ensure that all elements run smoothly. Contact David Schwartz, Ritual Chairperson.
Activities Committee - plans and executes a wide variety of activities for our congregants including cocktail parties, mini-lectures, game nights, excursions, etc. Contact Pamela Fishman.
Home Hosting - We often take our events off site and into the homes of our congregants which brings an even more personal note to the activity. If you are willing to host an event in your home, contact Stacey Frenkel.
Maimonides Caring Committee - provides support to members in times of need with acts of kindness. We create and deliver welcome baskets to new member families and to congregants who are welcoming a new baby to their family. We reach out to those who are praying for someone who is ill by calling them periodically to wish them well and let them know that we are thinking of them. We offer support to those who have had a loss of a loved one by reaching out and sending a Shabbat dinner. Contact Janet Shapiro.
Social Action Committee - helps to coordinate a variety of temple and community wide activities that help to give back to those in need as well as raising awareness about Jewish/Israel issues within the community. Some of our activities include coordinating the temple’s annual Mitzvah Day/Murray Prawer walk, monthly food drives and other collections, educating teens about BDS movement, Passover holiday donations to nursing homes, coordination of temple activities for Jewish Federation Mitzvah Day, volunteering at the hospital, cooking and serving food for community shelters, and donating winter holiday gifts through the Flames of Giving program. Contact Abi Grossman.
Sisterhood- brings Jewish women of all generations together for the purpose of personal and spiritual growth. Sisterhood meetings and events foster friendship, community building, and support the temple’s commitment to Social Action and Tikkun Olam. Our sisterhood offers an opportunity for the women of our congregation to become active participants in the life of TBR. Contact Judith Friedland & Stacey Frenkel.
Men’s Club - is currently seeking people to help coordinate future events. Past Men's Club has included bonding activities and events such as building the Sukkah, volunteering at local hospitals, hosting holiday dinners, and manning the barbeque at our annual family event. Contact Jeff Kahn.
Kol Rishon Adult Choir- is open to adult and teen members who enjoy singing and/or playing a musical instrument. We perform at TBR services throughout the year and especially during the High Holidays as well as at various nursing homes. Contact Cantor Mamber.
College Connection - helps to keep our young college students engaged in the temple community by providing them with information about issues affecting students in our community, updates on Jewish holidays and the occasional care packages! Contact Michael Goldberg.
ADULT EDUCATION - meets as needed to discuss our adult education offerings at TBR. Our emphasis is on planning and running our Food For Thought: Distinguished Speaker Series, held on Sunday mornings in November, March and May. The program involves speaker searches and breakfast planning. Contact Sharon Glassman, Adult Education Chair person.
Lunch & Learn - meets as needed to plan our Fall and Spring education modules. Each module is offered on 5 consecutive afternoons from 12:15 to 1:30PM. Members contribute program ideas as well facilitate the meetings. Contact Gail Lamster.
YOUTH EDUCATION PARENT ORGANIZATIONS
Religious School Parent Teacher Organization - Contact Debbie Grauer.
Early Childhood Advisory Committee - works with the Preschool Director and the PTO to help provide direction and assistance to many of the preschool activities. It serves as a sounding board for new ideas and programming. Contact Dara Pasternack.
Communications Committee - is comprised of individuals with varying skills and interest in copy writing, graphic design, photography and marketing. Its purpose is to assist the administrative support team, educational team, lay leadership and clergy with the planning and creation of internal and external communication materials. Committee members with a passion for photography are invaluable assets helping to build a wonderful photo archive of the TBR events they attend. Contact Simon Fishman, VP of Communications.
Human Resources Committee - is responsible for creating and monitoring values-based systems and policies to ensure that TBR is following local, state and federal laws and certain best practices relating to its employees, as well as creating an attractive environment for current and prospective employees. The HR committee is also tasked with reviewing and recommending HR policies; assisting with performance reviews of TBR employees; and reviewing and recommending benefits policies and practices. Contact Matt Herman.
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS - Contact Mark Niederman, VP of Buildings & Grounds
Energy Initiatives Committee - helps to save energy and leverage our practices into our congregants’ homes through teaching about what we’ve accomplished at TBR. Committee members work with energy star portfolio manager to track energy and water usage, the HVAC programs and controls, and the LED lighting retrofit projects.
Recycling Committee - helps to design and coordinate recycling efforts at TBR.
Gardening/Landscaping Committee - helps to ensure that the exterior of the temple remains beautiful with their hands-on participation. There are also opportunities for seasonal food gardening.
Insurance Review Committee - reviews the current policies and practices to ensure the temple is covered in case of any eventuality.
Security Committee – works in tandem with law enforcement during High Holidays to maintain vigilance for our community. There are also year round opportunities for individuals with particular expertise to help evaluate and improve practices within this specialty. Contact Ira Shinske.
Finance Committee - the role of the finance committee is primarily to provide financial oversight for TBR. Typical task areas include budgeting, financial planning and monitoring accounting procedures. Contact Natalie Heller.