Standing committees of Temple Shaarei Shalom are:
The Executive committee consists of the elected Officers of the Congregation and the Immediate Past President. They meet at least once a month, with the President serving as chair. They prepare the agenda for meetings of the Board and of the Congregation, and recommend policy for the approval and action of the Board. The committee also serves as an evaluation committee of all Clergy.
The Finance committee has the overall fiscal responsibility for the Congregation. The committee develops the budget by obtaining estimates of the revenues and expenses and spending priorities for the next fiscal year from the various committees. This budget is reviewed with the President and Executive committee before it is submitted to the Board for review, modification and approval. The budget is presented to the Board at least 45 days prior to the annual Congregational meeting. A copy is mailed to members in good standing at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting, and is submitted to the Congregation for approval at the annual meeting. The committee makes monthly reports to the Board, reviews and updates proper accounting systems, and assists the Treasurer by review of the records for an annual audit.
The Membership committee develops programs for the recruitment of new members and retention of current members, and information and assistance for prospective members. The committee interviews new members, welcomes them, and determines areas of interest and ability where they can become an active part of the congregation, and develop outreach programs.
The House committee has full charge of real and personal property of the Congregation. The committee recommends to the Board rules and regulations regarding the use of physical facilities of the Congregation, and administers the rules and regulations that the board adopts. The committee ensures that the buildings and property are maintained in good order and repair. The House committee works with the Temple administrator to prepare, maintain and post a master schedule of events for the fiscal year.
Religious Services Committee
The Ritual committee has the duty, in consultation with the Clergy, to develop the rituals and forms of religious activities of the congregation. It recommends to the Board and the Rabbi, any changes it deems necessary for liturgy and other musical portions in conformity with the practices of Reform Judaism.
Ways & Means Committee
The Fund-Raising Committee shall assist in the establishment, development, coordination and implementation of plans to raise funds throughout the Congregation and community, to augment the operating budget.
Strategic Planning & Development Committee
The Strategic Planning & Development Committee shall develop and update a Temple Strategic (Long-Range) Plan and establish, develop and coordinate vehicles for planned giving, such as: building fund, endowments, trusts, pledges and contributions and other forms of capital development.
Adult Education Committee
This Committee shall develop programs, with the assistance of the Clergy and the Education Director, to enhance the Congregation’s awareness of all aspects of Judaism.
The Library Committee shall oversee the maintenance and upkeep of the Library, including selecting and cataloguing materials and maintaining pertinent records.
Religious School Committee
The Religious School Committee shall assist in the establishment and administration of the educational program of the Religious School, under the supervision of the Rabbi and the Educational Director. It shall recommend and enforce Religious School policies and procedures, subject to the approval of the Board.
- The Rabbi and Educational Director of the Religious School shall develop the curriculum and review it annually with the committee.
- The Educational Director shall hire and dismiss teachers and administrative personnel for the School, and negotiate employment contracts in consultation with the Vice-President of Education and the Chairperson of the Religious School Committee.
- The Religious School Committee, the P.T.O., the Religious Services Committee, and, when appropriate, the Youth Committee will coordinate religious and social activities.
- The Religious School Committee will evaluate and review the needs of the Religious School and make recommendations, accordingly.
Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee shall serve as liaison between the Congregation and the community at large on interfaith relations, outreach and other matters of mutual interest that implement and incorporate Reform Judaic concepts of social action and social justice.
The Youth Committee shall:
- Recommend hiring a Youth Director,
- Oversee the Youth Director’s activities, and
- Oversee all Youth Group activities and programs, which shall be consistent with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) policies.