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DEFINING AND SETTING PRIORITIES FOR BOARD FUNCTIONS

WHERE

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PEOPLE

PE R I S H. P R OV E R B S

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The general functions of the board are to

  • Define the mission of the synagogue, approve policy for fulfilling that mission, and take action to achieve it.

  • Find and install congregational leaders, define their roles, motivate and support them, and evaluate their performance.

  • Evaluate the board’s own performance.

In order to execute these functions, the board will need to do the following:

Policy Determination (through service on the board and its committees)

  • Define the “vision” and purpose of the congregation.

  • Set goals and policies that will achieve the synagogue’s mission, take action to achieve

those goals, and gauge the progress toward them.

  • Consider, debate, and decide issues.

  • Confirm, modify, or reject Executive Committee or standing committee proposals.

Resource Development

  • Increase membership.

  • Identify candidates for new leadership positions.

  • Collaborate with the clergy and staff in planning significant programming.

  • Raise funds.

Personnel Management

  • Hire or designate the function of hiring professional, maintenance, and clerical staff. (Rabbis, cantors, educators, and administrative staff are usually hired by a Search Committee, whose decisions are ultimately subject to board approval.)

  • Designate a committee to set compensation for the staff.

  • Set and review mutual goals with the clergy and other senior staff.

Service As a Jewish Leadership Model

  • Engage in Jewish study.

  • Attend services.

  • Participate in congregational programs.

  • Integrate the congregation into the wider Jewish community at the local, national,

and international levels.

  • Develop a policy for providing meaningful religious education for children and adults.

  • Observe, listen to, and be attentive to the needs of the members of the congregation.

UNION FOR REFORM JUDAISM • 9

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