Caring Community Committee (Yad B'Yad): Shir Tikvah is a caring community that also has a Caring Committee, Yad B’Yad. This group helps congregants strengthen their connection to Shir Tikvah and to each other, working hand in hand - to help meet the needs of our congregants and to offer ongoing support. Behind the scenes, we send cards, make phone calls, make meals, and provide shiva support
Shiva: grieving families are supported by volunteers who provide support to our members who have lost a loved one. They assist at the Shiva by taking care of all duties and bring supplies that may be needed so the family can be with and comforted by the individuals who come to express their condolences.
Meals/Cards: following a surgery, illness, or difficult time, congregants can request Caring Community volunteers to provide meals and send cards of caring.
Visits: The Bikur Cholim volunteers visit members who reside in nursing homes or are home bound and would like some company.
Accessibility: Shir Tikvah welcomes and supports children and adults with disabilities. We try to make our programs and services accessible to all within the limits of our resources.
Development Committee: The Development Committee is responsible for establishing and implementing a culture of, and a commitment to, giving by the members of Shir Tikvah. The Development Committee coordinates all fundraising activities on behalf of the synagogue. It also recommends fundraising policy and new initiatives to the Board of Trustees. In addition to raising funds to meet our ongoing needs, this committee also takes responsibility for the planned giving of funds Shir Tikvah will receive in the future. The committee needs creative thinkers who enjoy people and appreciate the importance of fundraising in order to keep Shir Tikvah financially healthy.
Finance & Administration Committee: ensures the financial well-being of the congregation and develops the budget. The committee learns about all the activities of the congregation and helps to assure appropriate and balanced funding.
Library Committee: The Library Committee ensures that our Library contains current materials available for check out by both members and non-members, develops cataloging, conducts follow-up with overdue books, and keeps our library looking beautiful.
Lifelong Learning Team: The mission of the Lifelong Learning Team is to be a catalyst for Shir Tikvah in becoming a congregation of lifelong learners and to support diverse learning opportunities for all members of our congregation. The team, serves as a “think tank” to develop new and innovative strategies to encourage and develop lifelong Jewish learning. We explore and implement creative models of programming, and develop strategies for developing lifelong learning at Shir Tikvah.
- Assesses congregational learning needs and advocates for lifelong learning throughout the life of the congregation.
- Works to fulfill the Vision of Lifelong Learning Statement.
- Provides support and a sounding board for the Director of Lifelong Learning.
Membership Committee: The Membership Committee is responsible for overseeing the membership process, welcoming new members and responding to membership inquiries. You must be a member of Shir Tikvah for one year before joining this committee.
Kesher: creates and/or coordinates various social activities that enrich our spiritual community life such as the Shabbat picnic, camping trip, Nesters group, Satellite dinners and much more.
Tikkun Olam Working Group/ Social Justice: As our congregation’s vision statement emphasizes, social justice is an integral aspect of how we live our lives as Jews. One of Shir Tikvah’s goals is to integrate social justice into the life of the synagogue through lifelong learning, prayer, and radical hospitality. We encourage all members of Shir Tikvah to participate in social justice work. As a committee, we partner with Jewish Community Action (JCA) and are dedicated to addressing such social issues as food justice, immigration, climate change, economic justice, gun-control legislation, and human rights.
The Tikkun Olam Working Group meets monthly, and all members of Shir Tikvah are encouraged to get involved. For more information, questions, or to join the group, please email email@example.com.
T'filah ("Prayer") Committee: The T'filah Committee, along with Rabbi Michael A. Latz, is responsible for the ongoing vibrancy of our worship services. Tasks have included the creation of prayer books, creative services, the Passover Haggadah, a congregational kashrut policy, a yearly ritual calendar, coordinating volunteers to host our Oneg Shabbat tables, and working as Shammas to help with service set-up.
Please feel free to contact the office for more information or to join a committee (or two).