Temple Beth Ora has assembled several committees in an effort to achieve the goals set out in our mission statement. We aim to celebrate our unity, nurture diversity and build strong links with the greater Jewish and non-Jewish communities.
The Caring Committee is an active group of people who wish to fulfill the mitzvot of chesed (loving kindness), bikur cholim (comforting the ill), and tikkun olam (mending the brokenness of the world). We assist others on a personal and spiritual level, we do a great deal of listening, always in a confidential manner. The caring committee provides many different kinds of assistance. These include visiting the ill, following up with those who have returned from a hospital stay, visiting the lonely (at their homes, or in nursing or assisted living homes in person or by telephone), attending funerals and shiva services, helping a family with shiva arrangements, and even being available to help families celebrating simchas!
The Ritual Committee works in collaboration with the rabbi with respect to the form, content and organization of all religious services and rituals. The Committee proposes the guidelines for life cycle events as well as policies dealing with Jewish life at Temple Beth Ora. The Ritual Committee works with candidates for b’nai mitzvah and conversion to guide them through one of the most memorable times of their lives.
The Education Committee is composed of three subcommittees: Adult Education, Family Education and Or Shalom (our shared community Hebrew/Judaics school). We benefit from members who love Jewish learning and find joy in sharing this passion. Committee members work closely together to plan exciting and stimulating programs for congregants from preschoolers to seniors. We are a friendly team and welcome those who share our thirst for Jewish learning.
The Membership Committee works to recruit and retain members by ensuring that we practice “audacious hospitality” by welcoming people who are exploring TBO, integrating new members, and enriching the experience of all members . The Membership Committee organizes social events, coordinates the ‘greeting’ for Shabbat and holiday services, and organizes an annual New and Returning Member Brunch to orient people to Temple life and to learn about their interests and needs and how they would like to contribute to the Temple community. We wish to build warm, caring and inclusive relationships, and in the process strengthen our TBO community, and by extension, the greater Edmonton Jewish community.
The Communication Committee is responsible for both internal and external communication. In the external realm, we publicize our activities and ideas to people within Edmonton, in northern Alberta and the NWT. We are the primary link to our members from beyond the region of Edmonton – including Red Deer and area, Peace River, Wabasca, Waskatenau, Westlock, and Yellowknife, and through the wider sphere of the internet, those who are exploring our congregation from afar. We keep members informed about important congregational information, social and religious events. We use our own synagogue publications, newsletters, online and social media channels channels as well as publicize through Jewish and mainstream media outlets to raise the profile of TBO.
The Facilities Committee is tasked with making sure that the building and grounds of Temple Beth Ora best enable the spiritual, educational, cultural and social needs and activities of our congregation. We are concerned about safety, cleanliness, comfort and appearance and maximizing the functionality of our facility. The committee works closely with the VP, Administration and Chevra Kadisha to ensure that the facilities are well managed and meet the needs of our community efficiently and economically.
The Finance Committee is primarily focused on the financial operations of the synagogue and reports to the Board of Directors. The committee reports the results of financial operations at the Annual General Meeting and presents a proposed budget approved by the Board of Directors for the upcoming fiscal year for the approval of the Congregation. The committee is involved in the planning and implementation of fund raising events.
Social Action/Social Justice Committee
Tikkun Olam, the healing of our world, is a central Jewish value. These are not just words we espouse, but an ideal we live and strive for in nearly every facet of the synagogue. The Social Action Committee is active in many ways, including: volunteering, fund-raising, food drives, and more to advance this ideal within our community.