Long-range Planning Fran Goldman and Sharon Katz, Chairs
Long Range Planning focuses upon the future of Temple Beth Sholom to ensure that it continues to be an important integral part of the Jewish community of North-East Queens. It studies the needs of Temple’s current members and ways to attract new ones. Its other functions include proposing and planning ways to beautify TBS, identifying programs and events for our Temple to participate in, and studying possible changes in operating procedures to fit congregants’ needs. This Committee then presents their ideas to various operating committees for future implementation.
Ways & Means
The Ways & Means Committee is the fund-raising arm of the Temple. Its activities include: auctions where anyone can come to bid on bargains, greet Temple friends and mingle with them; Open Mic Night, Scrip gift certificates you buy and use at stores such as Waldbaum’s or Barnes & Noble.
Pulpit & Ritual Committee Geri Weiss, Chair
This committee reviews Shabbat services with the Rabbi and Cantor each month. They plan special services for all major holidays and festivals, such as Hanukkah and Purim. The Committee is responsible for selecting congregants to perform Shabbat candle-lighting, to recite the Kiddush, and to serve as Shalom ushers. They coordinate special monthly services led by different grades of the Religious School, as well as coordinate special services during the year with our clergy.
Use of Building
This committee coordinates the room assignments in our synagogue for the various activities taking place at the Temple Beth Sholom at any given time. In addition, it supervises the renting of our Temple’s many rooms to outside organizations when appropriate and when they are not in use. Space is rented on a continuing basis or for special occasions.
School Board, Barbara Gandelman, Chair
The Religious School Board oversees the Religious school, and works closely with the Religious school principal, clergy, and the Parents Association.
Publicity & Community
The Publicity committee promotes all religious and secular events taking place at the Temple to members and to the community. It advertises TBS’ services and programs in newspapers, on radio, and in local community publications. It also designs fliers and brochures to be distributed to Temple members by mail.
Plaques & Memorials
This committee is responsible for arranging memorial plaques for the Tree of Life display we have in the Temple lobby. It arranges a commemorative leaf or a plaque for those families who wish to honor and remember a special event or a deceased loved one.
House Committee Jim Kettig, Chair
The House Committee is responsible for maintaining the Temple building is in good physical condition. It determines if repairs are necessary and solicits contracts for them. It also supervises our maintenance staff who are on the premises at all times.
Membership Committee Faye Schildkraut, Chair
Membership plans yearly open houses and advertising to ensure that Temple Beth Sholom services and activities are available to the community at large. If any Temple members need a lift to Friday night services, Membership Committee will arrange a lift for them.
Budget, Audit & Finance Committee
This committee meets two or more times a year to review the financial health of Temple Beth Sholom. It plans Temple’s revenues and expenditures for the coming year and adopts its budget in its final form.