There are many reasons to join Temple Beth Shalom. For you, maybe it was to be part of your local Jewish community, to enroll your children in the Religious School, or even just to get High Holy Day tickets. No matter your reason for joining, there are even more reasons−and opportunities−to stay involved. Our committees and groups reflect the interests and energy of Temple Beth Shalom members like you.
Hineni “Here I Am” The Temple Beth Shalom Caring Committee
This committee’s goal is to help our temple members feel like family. We try to support anyone in our congregation in their time of joy or challenge. Strengthening our congregation to be a true K’hilla K’doshah “holy community” is rewarding on numerous levels and we invite you to be a part of this movement, either by joining the committee or by simply being on one (or more) of the volunteer on-call lists:
- Bereavement Support: visit fellow members in times of Shiva; help them with information, arrangements, and care.
- Meal Support: Prepare and/or deliver food to members experiencing unusual or unexpected circumstances.
- Communication (Cards & Calls): Write some of the cards or make some of the calls to reach out to your congregants in their times of joy or struggle.
- Noteworthy Nachus: Help edit joyous family news & achievements in this newsletter column.
- Ride Share: give a lift to someone in your area to/from a temple event or run an errand or two.
- Offsite Prayer Service: Help members who are unable to come to a service (for yahrzeit, or any Shabbat) get set up on their computer & stay to watch the live “Bema Cam.”
- Visitation: discretely visit congregants in hospitals or other facilities and maintain contact with the family.
- Strength & Support: Assist anyone in our temple community who needs some help in unusual or unexpected circumstances.
Social Acton Committee
This committee is your vehicle to get involved with tikkun olam “repairing the world” on a local and global basis; have fun while making a difference and live your Jewish values through action. You may help the temple manage our ongoing programs, or bring new ideas to the table. Our current partnerships are with:
- My Brother’s Pantry
- Bello Machre
- The Lighthouse Shelter
- Arundel House of Hope
- Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
- Interfaith Alliance of Anne Arundel County
- Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA of AAC)
- Department of Natural Resources / Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
- Mitzvah Day at Temple Beth Shalom
- Winter Relief (Housing the Homeless at TBS)
The Membership Committee welcomes prospective and new members into the Temple Beth Shalom Community as well as retaining current congregants. Come join us as we reach out to existing and prospective members, and plan special onegs, events, and activities!
Our goal is to raise money for Temple Beth Shalom, to help ensure financial stability and well being for the Temple Beth Shalom Community. Our efforts provide the much-needed funds to maintain our building and offer a variety of quality educational programs. We have many different long- and short-term jobs, activities, and events, We welcome your help with current successful fundraisers, and your ideas for new ones!
Buildings & Grounds Committee
Like any house, our house of worship also has a “honey do” list of small interior and exterior projects, repairs, and upgrades that need extra hands to complete. Members with an interest in gardening also strive to keep the Temple’s grounds blooming. If you’re interested in sharing some hands-on skills, let us know!
The Temple’s Men’s Club is very proud to be a part of such a dynamic congregation. Our goals are three-fold:
- To support our Temple in whatever ways are needed, especially by providing extra help for other committees and groups.
- To strengthen our bonds with Judaism through exciting programming.
- To make lasting relationships with our fellow congregants.
Please join us in fulfilling these goals and helping to enrich our Jewish community. (Nominal annual fee to support our efforts.)
The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Shalom is a chapter of the greater Sisterhood of Reform Judaism. We bring women together to benefit and support the women of the congregation, the temple, and the community. We provide opportunities for friendship, service, and spiritual and intellectual growth. We welcome you to connect with our many areas of interest. (An annual fee of $36 supports our local efforts, as well as those of our national group, the Women of Reform Judaism.)
Rosh Chodesh holds monthly meetings for small groups. Held in more intimate settings, these meetings focus on issues of topical interest for women. Join us at our gatherings or help organize an event or assist with a task.
Beth Shalom Temple Youth (Youth Group/BAYTY)
The goal of our youth groups is to help develop Jewish identity in an informal, peer environment with meaningful Jewish experiences outside of the formal educational environment. Age groups (by grade) include:
- Junior BStY (K-7)
- Senior BSTY (8-12)
These groups can only be successful with the continued interest and aid of parents and other adults in our congregation. Let us know if you can lend a hand with any of these age groups, even just helping one time at one event would be great!