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Committee Directory

Congregation Or Tzion is a participatory community. We are always looking for volunteers who wish to energize our congregation and enhance our feeling of community. If you are interested in finding out more about a particular committee, please contact the committee chair or call the Or Tzion office.

Education: This committee meets monthly throughout the year, possibly more times during planning for special educational programs. Our responsibilities are to assist religious school staff as needed, assist clergy/staff with adult education decisions and plan special educational program. A sampling of activities include assisting with registration, obtaining volunteers for weekly snacks, planning a meaningful moving-up ceremony, choosing a scholar for our congregation, and assisting the fundraising committee with educational components of fundraisers. Education VP: Jan Scheer, [email protected]

Endowment: This committee helps ensure the financial future of Congregation Or Tzion. Committee Chair: Steve Goldstein [email protected]

Facilities: The facilities committee is responsible for keeping the physical synagogue in top-notch condition by overseeing services provided by contractors, e.g., cleaning, security, lighting, AC, and heating, in conjunction with our Executive Director. In addition, the committee schedules the annual pre-Passover spring cleaning. This committee meets on an as-needed basis.Committee Chairs: Allan Seaman and Mike Altneu.

Finance: This committee meets monthly to establish financial policies and procedures as well as to provide oversight over the accounting operations of the congregation. On an annual basis, the Finance Committee meets with the OC Staff and other committees to draft a financial budget for the Board of Directors to approve during its May meeting. Committee Chair/Synagogue Treasurer: Norm Kur Email

Fundraising: The Fundraising Committee is comprised of congregants from various backgrounds — but all with an interest in helping to raise funds for the synagogue. The committee meets monthly to plan and carry out the various activities necessary to make our fundraising events successful. Fundraising activities are varied and include such things as raffles, concerts, dinner dances, holiday boutiques, candy sales, and many more. Fundraising activities are an important contributor to a balanced budget as dues and donations represent only a small portion of the synagogue’s income. All are welcome to participate. Committee Chair: Alison Feinberg Email

High Holidays: This committee is responsible for the planning and implementing of High Holidays activities, including marketing, mailing design and distribution, memorial book, childcare, location, ushers, coordinators, Selichot, Tashlich, Break the Fast community dinner, and Sukkot. Other sub-committees include facility set up and break down, family services and special programming. The committee meets once or twice a month from June through September. Committee Chair: Norm Kur Email

Israel: Congregation Or Tzion is a strong participant in the Pro-Israel community. The Israel Committee of the synagogue is involved in many activities such as supporting the continuing education of the community on issues vital to Israel, engaging speakers on various topics of the day, monitoring and responding to anti-Israel activities in conjunction with other community organizations, and even coordinating periodic trips to Israel. Join this committee now to stay informed and support Israel. Committee Chair: Pam Pullman [email protected].

Marketing Committee: The Marketing Committee is charged with getting the word out about our dynamic congregation. Committee Chair: Toby Fox [email protected].

Membership: Hillel taught: “Do not separate yourself from the community. . .” (Pirke Avot 2:5). Hillel’s words remind us that we have an obligation to be part of the community. The membership committee tries to fulfill that obligation by recruiting, integrating and retaining members. We help create connections and a community spirit through congregation-wide events and activities. We hold a new and prospective member open house in August and participate in the VOSJCC Community Fair. Every fall, we organize a New Member Shabbat. Our committee reaches out to members on their birthdays and anniversaries. Membership VP: Myra Alport EMail

Membership Concierge: This team focuses on welcoming new members into our Community, answering questions about Or Tzion, encouraging participation in a committee or planning an event, and facilitating an introduction to the appropriate committee or event chair. The Membership Concierge for a new member is selected based on a demographic match and either contacts or meets with the member. Coordinators for outreach: Myra Alport Email; Kimberly Kur Email.

Simha Call Team: Each month, members of our Membership Committee call congregants to wish them a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary. Perhaps you’ve gotten one of these calls and know how nice it is to be remembered on a special occasion. If you’d like to join this team, contact Heather Provenzano,([email protected])

Ritual: This committee meets monthly throughout the year to coordinate all synagogue services other than High Holiday services. This includes times, content, organization and leadership. Members of the committee also discuss ritual topics such as Kashrut, religious practice and Bar/Bat Mitzvah requirements. The committee reviews proposals, discusses alternatives and makes recommendations to the Rabbi, Cantor and Board of Directors. You don’t need an advanced degree in Judaism to participate, just a willingness to listen, learn and contribute to this dynamic and vital group. Everyone is welcome to stop by and join in. Meetings are the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at Or Tzion. Committee Chairs: Frank Jacobson Email

Social Action: This committee reflects the Jewish values of justice (tzedakah), compassion (hesed), and peace (shalom). Social Action has come to symbolize the quest for social justice, freedom, equality, peace and the restoration of the environment. It is a call to action to repair the world (tikkun olam) through social action projects and programs. Each act of kindness, no matter how small, helps to build a new world. The committee meets monthly to identify and select the congregation’s social action programs for the calendar year. Committee Chair

Bikkur Holim: This sub-committee of Social Action honors one of the most important mitzvot according to Jewish law…visiting and caring for the sick. The committee, along with our clergy, reaches out to our members who are ill and in times of need with phone calls, hospital visits and, if necessary, home visits. The committee also assists the rabbi in maintaining the mishaberach list that is read in synagogue each week. The Bikkur Holim committee does not have regular meetings but does welcome members to help make phone calls, make hospital visits or prepare a meal for our members. Committee Chair: Judy Blum [email protected]

Young Adult/Young Family: The focus of this committee is to create activities, excitement and opportunities that combine friendship and Judaism — opportunities to meet and socialize or to come together for a common cause. The Young Adult group is comprised of members who are 45 and younger. The Young Family group is specifically for those members with young children. The committee is charged with organizing the monthly family events that incorporate holiday celebrations or other aspects of Judaism. Committee Chair: Carrie Ward [email protected]


Youth Commission (Kadima/USY): The Or Tzion Youth Commission develops policy and oversees programming for its Kadima/USY chapters in an effort to create a platform for informal Jewish education for Jewish pre-teens and teens that will lead to a positive and meaningful encounter with Judaism through social activities and social action projects. Committee Chairs: Judy Herz Email

Sun, March 18 2018 2 Nisan 5778