Become acquainted with all aspects of synagogue programming, including Shabbat worship and festival observances, Women of Reform Judaism and Brotherhood programs, the religious school, preschool and adult education, and youth activities.
Become familiar with the synagogue’s financial reports and operating statements, its administrative structure, and the physical premises.
Develop an understanding of the division of responsibilities among the board, the rabbi and, where applicable, the professional staff, including the cantor, administrator, educator, and others.
Obtain the board calendar and the schedule of meetings.
Learn what is expected of you as an individual trustee with regard to establishing the congregation’s vision, mission, and goals, as well as the day-to-day aspects of meetings.
Educate yourself regarding Reform ideology, history, and the structure of the movement.
Membership on the board is a privilege as well as an obligation. It is your opportunity to make a viable contribution to the future of our Jewish heritage and traditions. As you prepare to join the board, you will want to understand what the president, the rabbi, and the rest of the board expects of you. Consider the following list of board member responsibilities:
Attendance Members are expected to attend
Regularly scheduled board meetings.
Orientations, training sessions, and retreats.
The installation of synagogue officers.
The congregation’s annual meeting.
Congregational services and activities.
Board Involvement Each member should
Be prepared to discuss agenda items.
Participate thoughtfully in discussions at board meetings.
Support the final decisions of the board.
Help raise funds for the synagogue.
Serve as a representative of the whole congregation.
Possess a thorough knowledge of synagogue goals and objectives, bylaws, operating
procedures, and financial affairs.
Committee Involvement Each member will
• P a r t i c i p a t e a c t i v e l y a n d t a k e a l e a d e r s h i p r o l e i n o n e o r m o r e o f t h e s y n a g o g u e ’ committees or auxiliaries. s
Prepare to act as a liaison for this committee or auxiliary to the board, a role that
includes providing written and/or oral reports when required.
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