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Jewish Family Concerns/Caring

Provides mutual help and support networks to congregants facing illness and crises and furthers the models for full inclusion of all Jews—regardless of their

Community

sexual orientation, their age, or any disability—in the community

Interfaith Relations

Schedules programming and dialogue with non-Jewish groups in the community

Membership/ Welcoming

Recruits, integrates, and retains members; works with other committees to make connections between members and create opportunities for involvement

Nominating

Recommends individuals to serve as officers and trustees, subject to congregational and board approval

Personnel

Writes and supervises the synagogue’s personnel practices code and recommends salaries and benefits for the staff

Program/ Calendar

Oversees and coordinates the programs for the congregation

Plans ways to identify, train, and motivate new leadership

Leadership Developmen

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Public Relations

Publicizes synagogue events within and outside the congregation; may also create marketing materials and special campaigns for member recruitment

Search

Usually created on an ad hoc basis as determined by need; oversees the search for key salaried clergy and staff, conducts interviews, and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees

Social Action

Analyzes the public affairs issues relating to Judaism that face the community; educates, sensitizes, and recommends positions to the congregation; operates synagogue social action programs and educates the members about social issues

Young Adults 20s/30s

Provides opportunities for young adults (22–35) to connect to a synagogue community and to a clergy, a process that will eventually lead to membership

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