Moral criteria should be considered in all matters, ranging from the way contract negotiations are conducted to the way you select your leaders, including whom you choose to honor.
Financial ethics should be central to all the congregation’s economic and financial transactions.
Social responsibility should be expressed in the way the synagogue deals with ethical dilemmas and how it responds to the wider world.
As a board member, you are looked upon as a role model by your congregation. Consequently your presence at or absence from Shabbat and festival worship services and temple educational oppor- tunities will be noted. The unique function of the synagogue is to be a worshiping community that every week engages congregants of all ages in Torah study and prayer. To create such a community requires an organized approach on the part of the Board of Trustees.
CHECKLIST FOR JEWISHLY ENRICHING CONGREGATIONAL BOARD/COMMITTEE MEETINGS Consider which of these concepts you can utilize in your congregation.
What makes this board different? Make a place for God at your board/committee meeting Begin and end the meeting with prayer and/or song Use silent prayer at a tense time or before an important decision Incorporate Jewish study into the body of the meeting Place a Jewish ritual object in the middle of the table Include the Hebrew date and Jewish quotes on your agenda Read and discuss a book from the Union Literacy Initiative Ask participants to share personally meaningful texts Ask participants to share their personal Jewish journeys Begin or end a meeting in the sanctuary Weave temple history/Jewish stories into your deliberations Consciously relate decisions to Jewish texts and values Insure that meetings and decisions are consistent with your mission Model and encourage respectful interactions and deliberations Acknowledge life-cycle events with appropriate prayers