Our council system was established in 2003 to promote collaboration, integration and communication among committees. Councils provide vision and tools to address mutual concerns of committees at Temple Israel.

The committee system in our congregation has many objectives, which include:

  • Providing an opportunity for members to serve the synagogue
  • Establishing an environment for creative discussion
  • Using the special knowledge and talents of members for particular tasks
  • Giving individual members a better understanding of the mission, vision, accomplishments, and challenges of the synagogue
  • Providing a mechanism for the fulfillment of the mission, vision, and goals of the synagogue
  • Expediting the work of the Board of Trustees
  • Encouraging the flow of information back to the officers and Board
  • Training for future leadership positions
  • Stimulating the sharing of decision-making responsibilities by a broad group of congregants
  • Affording members opportunities for personal growth and increased Jewish learning

Temple Israel members are encouraged to participate on a number of Temple Israel committees



Finance Council
The Finance Council reviews the financial needs of the congregation, recommends investments, and presents the fiscal reports to the Board and the congregation.

  • Budget Committee projects the temple’s annual income and expenses, and makes periodic reports about synagogue income and expenditures to the Board for approval. Contact: Jeff Smedlund
  • Development and Planned Giving coordinates and administers the various funds of the synagogue, and enlists the support of the congregation for planned giving efforts. 
  • Dues Equalization reviews the individual dues adjustments and assessments, and makes recommendations. Contact: Dan Marburg
  • Investment Committee oversees the investments of the congregation.

Synagogue Management

  • Archive Committee is responsible for maintaining Temple Israel’s archives. Contact: Joseph Pinson
  • Building and Grounds Committee supervises the building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and updates, as well as the use of the synagogue’s facilities. Contact: John Waldbaum and Ted Zetzman
  • Bylaw and Policy Committee reviews and recommends amendments and changes to the bylaws and policies as needed.
  • Cemetery Committee oversees the administration of the cemetery. Contact: Mel Epstein
  • Leadership Development plans ways to identify, train, and motivate new leaders. Contact: Jackie Friedland and Jeremy Wright
  • Long Range Planning assures the continuity of the congregation by articulating a vision to address congregational needs and meet challenges.
  • Nominating Committee recommends individuals to serve as officers and trustees, subject to congregational and Board approval. Contact: Rosie Zweiback
  • Personnel Practices writes and supervises the synagogue’s personnel practices code, and recommends salaries and benefits for the staff. Contact: Andie Gordman and Troy Meyerson

Education Council
The Education Council coordinates all Jewish education, including early childhood, Religious School, informal youth, family education, adult learning and the library onsite.

  • Religious School Steering Committee recommends and/or sets policy, reviews the activities of the Religious School and oversees its operation and participates in the supervision of the Religious School Coordinator. 

Synagogue and Outreach Council
The Synagogue and Outreach Council provides programming, vision and tools to that welcome, integrate, and enhance the Temple experience for members.

  • Caring Committee 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 sexual orientation, age, or disability—in the community. Contact: Susie Norton
  • Membership Committee solicits the membership of all eligible persons, welcomes new and potential members to the community, and is responsible for membership retention. Contact: Kris Faier

Social Justice
Social Justice is essential to the life of this
congregation. Temple Israel has a long history of raising our voices to protect the dignity and human rights of all people. Whether it is a local, national or international issue, we find ways to get involved and fulfill our obligation to repair the world through mitzvot, education and advocacy. 
We perform mitzvot through social action projects, including partnering with inner city elementary schools, working with the homeless and elderly, and lending our hands for housing. We host educational forums with speakers from near and far who engage us in discussions of issues of the day, and we take a stand, together, for civil rights, public education, justice and children’s well-being. Contact: Geoff Silverstein 

Tools and Documents