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
Gary Kaplan, Chair

  • Audit
  • Dues Equalization
  • Investments

Education Council

  • Adult Education
  • Religious School Steering Committee
  • Teen Advisory Committee
  • Library

Synagogue and Outreach Council

  • Membership
  • Caring Community
  • Outreach
  • Auxiliaries

Art Todd Simon


Audit Gary Kaplan garyk@cox.net
Building and Grounds

John Waldbaum

Ted Zetzman



Building Coordinating John Waldbaum stonegate4@aol.com
Caring Gretchen Radler gretchen@bloomcompanion.com
Dues Equalization

Dan Marburg

Gary Kaplan



Nominating Mike Halsted mhalsted58@gmail.com
Personnel Practices

Andie Gordman

Troy Meyerson





Council and Committee Functions

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.
  • 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.
  • Investment Committee oversees the investments of the congregation.

Synagogue Management

  • Archive Committee is responsible for maintaining Temple Israel’s archives.
  • Building and Grounds Committee supervises the building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and updates, as well as the use of the synagogue’s facilities.
  • 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.
  • Leadership Development plans ways to identify, train, and motivate new leaders.
  • 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.
  • Personnel Practices writes and supervises the synagogue’s personnel practices code, and recommends salaries and benefits for the staff.

Music, Worship and Religious Living

  • Religious Practices Committee assists the clergy in developing and shaping the worship life of our congregation.

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

  • Adult Education Steering Committee develops and provides curriculum, programs and opportunties for involvement and enrichment in lifelong Jewish education.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer Council involves parents, grandparents and others in religious education to strengthen and enrich the school experience.
  • Youth and Informal Education acts as the liaison between the synagogue youth programs and the Board of Trustees, oversees the youth programs, and supervises the youth adviser or director.

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 Community 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.
  • Membership Committee solicits the membership of all eligible persons, welcomes new and potential members to the community, and is responsible for membership retention.
  • Men of Reform Judaism strives to promote closer brotherhood among Reform Jewish men. MRJ supports the mission of the entire Temple Israel congregation by sponsoring religious, social and educational activities that will enrich our connection to each other, to the broader community and to Judaism.
  • Outreach Committee provides discussion groups and programs in order to strengthen the sense of belonging and involvement of Jews-By-Choice, Interfaith Couples and their families within our Temple community.
  • Women of Reform Judaism strives to further the values and principles of Judaism, to promote closer fellowship among women. WRJ supports the mission of the entire Temple Israel congregation by sponsoring religious, social and educational activities that will enrich our connection to each other, to the broader community and to Judaism.  

Social Action

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.


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.
Host educational forums with speakers from near and far who engage us in discussions of issues of the day.
Take a stand, together, for civil rights, public education, justice and children’s well-being.