Inclusion Initiative: Building Our Ramp

Chai Guys Softball Team

Committees and Groups at Beth El

Adult Education

The Adult Education Committee plans and organizes the educational programming for the congregation. The committee strives to offer an array of programs including lectures, classes, discussions and films to attract audiences with a wide range of interests and backgrounds.

Beth Elders

Another way for members over sixty to be involved in the life of the congregation is to become a part of the Beth Elders. Pot luck dinners are often followed by entertainment – music, movies, a speaker, etc.

Chai Guys (Beth El’s Softball Team)

An opportunity to connect with other men at Beth El and enjoy some exercise and laughter. Beth El’s team is a member of the MSSL (Men’s Soul Softball League)

Design

The Design Committee oversees the decor of the building, including selection of paints, carpeting, art work, etc.

Fundraising

The Fundraising Committee plans and executes major events, including Wine Tasting, Auction and other celebrations.

Gabbai (“Assistants”)

The Gabbai core is a group of lay volunteers who work with Bar and Bat Mitzvah families in preparation for the religious celebration.

Gan HaDorot (Garden)

The Gan HaDorot Committee works together throughout the year to create a space of beauty and tranquility for the community.

Hevra Kadisha (Holy Society)

The Hevra Kadisha Committee seeks to honor the dead and comfort the bereaved. They inform the congregation of a death in the Beth El family or extended family; announce shiva times; and arrange minyan services, providing leaders and prayerbooks. The Hevra also maintains a Memorial Book in Beth El’s garden that includes the names of all loved ones.

Hevra Mishpacha (Caring Community)

The Hevra Mischpacha, or Caring Community, serves as an extended family within the congregation which helps congregants during times of personal crisis. Hevra Mischpacha volunteers provide a range of support, from meals, rides, visits and phone calls, to helping people create confidential support networks for themselves or a friend

High Holiday Coordinators

The High Holiday Committee works with the temple administrator, clergy and volunteers on the logistics associated with High Holiday services, including parking, police detail, ushers, etc.

Inclusion Initiative

The Inclusion Committee works to increase access to meaningful participation for individuals with disabilities in everything that the Beth El community has to offer. The committee conducts, analyzes and implements surveys of the congregation and invites people to discuss their experiences and individual needs.

Kehillah (Membership)

The Kehillah committee focuses on recruitment and welcoming of new members, retention of existing members, and exit interviews with resigned members.  We also host new member wine and cheese events and sometimes facilitate open houses.  We need people who have great telephone interpersonal skills who love talking about Beth El.

Library

The Beth El Library Committee is responsible for maintaining a collection of books, periodicals and newspapers that support the Judaica needs of the membership and staff.  The Committee selects, orders and catalogues chiefly print materials for adults and children.  All materials are accessible through an Internet database known as Librarything.com.   The Committee’s goal is to enhance educational programs and help members become informed and literate Jews through the use of print sources.

MetroWest Free Medical Program

Volunteers help with the setup and breakdown of the program in our sanctuary. They are an important part of the ongoing success of this program.

Shir El

Come and sing!
Feel the joy of joining with Beth Elers who love Jewish music and want to create beautiful harmonies to share with our community and beyond. While we don’t have a regular rehearsal schedule, Shir El sings for each Rosh Hashanah service, for special events at Beth El, and has enjoyed numerous opportunities to bring the joy of our music to communities throughout the Boston area.
Contact Lorel and say YES to song!

Tefilah (Ritual)

The Tefilah Committee is integral in shaping the ritual life of the congregation. Interested committee members meet with the cantor and rabbi to re-vision our rituals and refresh our Shabbat and holiday observances. Other members do the ‘nuts and bolts’ behind the scenes tasks that keep synagogue life running smoothly in the sanctuary.

Tikun Olam (Repair the World)

The Tikun Olam Committee provides opportunities for the congregation to fulfill our commitment to repair the world. Through our involvement in projects such as Habitat for Humanity, our annual food drive and the Sanctuary Movement, we seek to make the world a more just place.

Torah and Haftarah Readers

Each Shabbat, members of the congregation read or chant verses from the weekly Torah and Haftarah portions. Some members choose to read Torah to mark an anniversary or important birthday, or to honor the memory of a loved one. We have a wonderful support system in place for those who need help finding the perfect verses, learning the Hebrew words or hearing trope melodies. To sign up Torah Reading Signups.

Torah Stitch by Stitch

Beth El members have joined with Jews across the globe in a multi-year effort to honor the Five Books of Moses (Pentateuch) through the timeless medium of cross-stitch.  When done, there will be 1,464 individual panels of the Torah in Hebrew, four verses at a time.  We returned a finished panel in mid-2017.  See http://torahstitchbystitch.org/ for more information or contact Shirley Hui (shuiallen@gmail.com).

Website, PR and Marketing

These groups manage and update the website, publicize events at Beth El and keep us current on social media.

Youth and Family Education

The Youth and Family Education Committee works with the Director of Youth and Family Education and the Youth Educator to formulate and implement educational policy and to provide support for our education program.

Interested in joining a committee or group?