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Our Temple committees offer opportunities for everyone to get involved. Please check the list of committees below to see what catches your interests and availability.

If you are interested in joining any of our Temple committees, please fill out our Volunteer Form and someone will be in touch with you shortly. 

Audit Committee
Chair: Darren Schulman
Meets: As needed throughout the year but mostly in December and January
Purpose: To meet with the Temple’s independent auditors at the conclusion of the audit to review the financial statements, discuss any management letter comments and assist with the presentation to the Board.


Blankets of Love
Chair: Jane Berlant
Meets: Monthly. One co-chair or active volunteer is asked to attend the Social Action/Tikkun Olam committee meetings which are held monthly.
Purpose: This group provides love, warmth and comfort to children/teens with cancer through their gifts of handmade afghans. Blankets are donated to the campers of Camp Happy Times in the month of August for them to enjoy during their week of sleep-away camp.


Budget Committee
Chair: Laurie Goldsmith-Heitner
Meets: As needed from December through April
Purpose: To work in partnership with the Temple Controller and other staff members and the Executive Committee to prepare the following year’s budget for presentation to the Executive Committee and Board and approval at the annual Congregational Meeting. Create guidelines and practices that align the budget with the Temple’s mission and strategy.


Caring Community
Co-Chairs: Lynda Wald and Pamela Clark
Meets: One co-chair or active volunteer is asked to attend the Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee meetings, which are held monthly.
Purpose: Repairing the world often begins at home. Our volunteers serve Temple members in times of need with home delivered meals, challahs on Fridays, Shloshim (30-day period following burial) calls, and companionship.
Subcommittees include Challah Delivery and Bikur Holim (visiting the sick).


Create A Jewish Legacy
Chair: Gail Friedman
Meets: Formal meetings quarterly. Meetings with prospective donors are ongoing.
Purpose: To create our own Temple Emanu-El Legacy Program and to secure commitments for the future of TEE and our community


Done in a Day
Co-Chair: Jenn White
Meets: No meetings
Purpose: To provide volunteers to the Temple on an as needed basis, and to involve congregants who may not be able to commit to a large volunteer project a “one-off” volunteer opportunity.


Early Childhood Education Committee
Co-Chair: Lisa Seliger
Meets: Monthly during school year
Purpose:
   To act as a sounding board regarding any issues or policies that arise throughout the year.
   Creating, planning, and running events and fundraisers throughout the year.
   Overseeing the Early Childhood Education Fund and determining when and how the money should be spent.


House Committee
Chair: Marc Epstein
Meets: As needed, often by conference call or by email.
Purpose: To deal with facility issues with respect to the Temple’s buildings and plant.


Housing the Homeless (Family Promise)
Co-Chairs: Lauren Hammer, Lauren Gottleib, and Lynda Wald
Meets: One co-chair or active volunteer is asked to attend the Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee meetings which are held monthly.
Purpose: Twice each year, during the December holiday season and again for two weeks in the summer Temple Emanu-El serves as a host home for several families from our area. Our work with the Interfaith Housing the Homeless program includes providing comfortable accommodations (turning classrooms into bedrooms), meals, companionship, transportation and a variety of necessities and niceties donated by our members.


Investment Committee
Co-Chairs: Jeff Peris
Meets: Quarterly
Purpose: The Investment Committee works to ensure that our investment portfolio achieves long-term capital growth while balancing year-to-year volatility so that it can be used for future purchases, to fund a portion of the Temple’s current operating expenses and to act as a reserve fund for financial emergencies that would be available at the Board’s discretion.


Mandy Reichman Feeding Program
Co-Chairs: Meryl and Barry Reichman
Meets: Every Tuesday at 5:15 PM. One co-chair or active volunteer is asked to attend the Tikkun Olam committee meetings which are held monthly.
Purpose: The Reichman family honors the memory of their beloved daughter Mandy with this weekly Mitzvah project. Bagged lunches of sandwiches, fruit and desserts are prepared on Tuesday at 5:15 PM. Each Wednesday, our truck visits a neighborhood in Elizabeth, where families have learned they can count on us for help.


Membership Committee
Co-Chairs: Katy Engel
Meets: Monthly from September through June
Purpose: To develop creative ways to address new member acquisition, new member integration, member retention and membership analytics and reporting.


Men’s Club
President: Mark Kabakow
Meets: Monthly, usually the second Thursday of the month
Purpose: The Men's Club is a service organization within Temple Emanu-El dedicated to promoting and assisting all aspects of Reform Judaism within the Temple.


Mitzvah Garden
Co-Chairs:
Eleanor Peris and Danielle Levitt
Meets: Quarterly. One co-chair or active volunteer is asked to attend the Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee meetings which are held monthly.
Purpose: We grow vegetables in our Mitzvah Garden in the Temple garden which are donated to the Westfield Food Pantry – engaging in the mitzvah of Pe'ah – leaving the corner of our fields for the poor.


Personnel Committee
Chair: Jennifer Gillman
Meets: The Committee’s work is intense from September through January and requires frequent consultation to discuss the draft reviews. The Co-Chairs work closely with committee members and provide guidance when difficult issues arise.
Purpose: To analyze personnel issues and to provide input and recommendation to the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees as required.


Religious Living Committee

Chair:Gail Kelner
Meets: Quarterly. One co-chair or active volunteer is asked to attend the Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee meetings which are held monthly.
Purpose: Subcommittees include: Friday Night Ushers, Shiva Minyan, Saturday Morning Ushers, Choir, Shabbat Sr. Citizen Services, Tiny Tot Shabbat, Sunday Morning Minyan, and High Holyday Honors.


Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee
Co-Chairs: Currently led by Rabbi Ethan Prosnit
Meets: Monthly
Purpose: The Social Action/Tikkun Olam committee is meant to be the brain center for Temple Emanu-El's social action programming. The committee provides a launching pad for congregants and committee members to recommend and support new and existing social action programming.


Sisterhood
President: Riva Waller
Meets: Monthly
Purpose: From generation to generation, since 1913, Sisterhoods have been representing the voice of women in Jewish life and humanitarian efforts. We honor our past by continuing to build the community that we inherited. 


Technology Committee
Chair: TBD
Meets: As needed
Purpose: To provide technology expertise on IT and related issues


Volunteer Va’ad
Co-Chair: Carol Cohen
Meets: Second Thursday of the Month (no July or August)
Purpose: To build community and foster engagement by ensuring that congregants who are not currently active volunteers have a rewarding and fun volunteer experience.


Youth Learning and Engagement Committee
(Formerly the Religious School Committee and the Youth Committee)
Co-Chairs: Jenn White and Jennifer Goldstein
Meets: Monthly during school year
Purpose: Partners with the clergy and the education team to examine and enhance our current offerings for youth learning and engagement. Together we will ensure the implementation of our vision for Jewish education, K-12, supporting the work of the Religious School and the youth groups.