Administration, Adult Engagement, Brotherhood, Building Grounds & House, Caring, Cemetery, Chai Society, Choir and Music, Education, Friend of a Friend/Chaverot, Fund-Raising, Kulanu (formerly Gay & Lesbian Inclusion), Interfaith Outreach, Israel & Liason with Jewish Organizations, Membership, Nursery School, Public Relations, Religious Affairs, Sinai in the City (SITC), Sinai Social Sundays, Social Action, Youth Activities.
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The function of the Administration Committee is to act as a liaison between the Temple Board of Trustees and the Administrative staff.
Its goal is to offer administrative counsel and evaluation when needed, and to be supportive of the operational needs of the Executive Director as well as the general office personnel. This is to be accomplished with a keen sense of fiscal responsibility to the Board.
Adult Engagement Committee
This Committee's mission is to enhance the Congregation's knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the Jewish experience. In cooperation with the Senior Rabbi, the Committee researches, develops and implements relevant programming and events.
The Committee's specialized tasks are:
- To research and explore program possibilities and potential topics of interest
- To develop relevant, varied and informative programming
- To publicize programs and events (e.g. press, posters, mailings)
- To implement all logistical aspects of the programming (e.g. meals, reservations, etc.)
We work with every arm of the Temple in order to reach our entire congregation of men, women and children - stimulating them with a variety of programs and activities affecting all levels of Jewish life. Where appropriate we will work with local community groups and other temple committees for the benefit of our Temple congregation as well as our local community to implement the following Brotherhood goals:
- Promote Brotherhood in this Temple and help provide service and programs to the entire congregation and to the community.
- Promote fellowship by helping to create a warm, caring, men's community.
- Promote the importance of family togetherness through temple family activity participation.
- Stimulate interest in Jewish worship, Jewish studies, and social service to the community.
- Increase the Jewish spirit in the children and younger members of the congregation by providing programs that stimulate their interests in Judaism.
- Support and promote the ideals and projects of The National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods and The Jewish Chautauqua Society.
Building, Grounds & House Committee
The mission of Temple Sinai's Building, Grounds and House Committee is to:
- Oversee and maintain the building and grounds of the congregation
- Oversee new construction
- Formulate all of the rules governing the use of the building and grounds
- Supervise implementation of same
The purpose of the Caring Committee is to create a community within the Synagogue in which congregants reach out to those who are experiencing loss, grief and life cycle crises as well as in special times of celebration. Through the efforts of the Committee, interlocking support networks are created for the members of Temple Sinai.
The goal of this committee is to work closely with the clergy and other temple committees to:
- Provide assistance during and after Shiva
- Visit the sick
- Support outreach
- Extend invitations for those who are not near loved ones
- Offer assistance during emergencie.
This Committee in cooperation with the Executive Director, oversees the Temple's cemetery plots at the New Montefiore Cemetery located in Farmingdale, New York. Its specialized tasks include:
- To make periodic visits to the cemetery
- To inspect the up-keep of the property
- To make recommendations, when necessary, for the expenditure of funds to ensure that these grounds are kept in the appropriate and sacred condition
- To promote the sale of remaining plots to the Temple Membership and their families
The Chai Society's mission is to serve the members of the Temple, to further the Jewish education of its members and to have fun with several social events planned throughout the year. The Society's energies are directed toward improving Temple life, and their service spans multiple arms of the Temple.
Choir and Music Committee
This Committee in cooperation with the Cantor, assists in the development, enrichment and maintenance of musical activities of the Temple.
- To assist as required in the supervision and coordination of choir activities (volunteer and professional)
- To plan and execute music festivals and concerts
- To oversee the coordination of the music library projects
- Junior Choir is open to students in Grades 3 - 6
- Teen Choir is open to students in grades 7 -12
- Senior Choir is open to all members of the Temple
It is the mission of the Education Committee of Temple Sinai to:
- Provide a forum for the development of an excellent educational program which links our children to their Jewish heritage and fosters in our children a life-long commitment to Jewish values and continued learning;
- Encourage on-going review and innovation so that our programs continue to provide a dynamic, integrated educational, spiritual and social experience;
- Oversee the development and implementation of safety rules; and
- Communicate with the Board of Trustees, clergy, professional and administrative staff and congregational family regarding our programs and values for teaching Jewish education to our children.
Friend of a Friend/Chaverot
A dynamic intergenerational group of women whose mission is to provide a social outreach program, which will enhance their connection to the synagogue and Judaism. In hopes of enriching ourselves, our community and our Temple family, our goal is to offer programs that provide spiritual and intellectual fulfillment.
The purpose of the Fund-Raising Committee is to raise money to support the general operating budget of the temple. The dollar amount that this committee is required to raise is set each year during the budget process.
Recent events to achieve the mission have included dinners, journals, walk-a-thons and auctions.
Kulanu (formerly Gay & Lesbian Inclusion Committee)
The Gay & Lesbian Inclusion Committee (GLIC) has adopted as its mission:
- To provide a welcoming atmosphere and support to the Gay and Lesbian members of the congregation and to their families and friends
- To help educate the general congregation, including the children, to accept Gays and Lesbians and their families into congregational life
- To reach out to the Jewish Gay and Lesbian community at large and let them know that we would welcome their membership in our temple
Interfaith Outreach Committee
The Interfaith Outreach Committee welcomes people in interfaith relationships and families by:
- Creating opportunities to explore sensitive, decision making issues
- Ensuring the continued sensitivity of our school faculties and administrative staff
- Raising awareness in our congregation to the unique challenges and circumstances faced by interfaith families and their children
We encourage interfaith participation in our temple family.
Israel Committee/Liason with Jewish Organizations
The function of this committee is to support Israel and those individual Jewish organizations that directly impact upon our Temple, Reform Judaism and the Jewish population. We specifically fund raise for the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ).
We also support Israel directly with an Israeli Vendors Fair, a celebration of Israel Independence Day and our Adopt An Israeli Family Program.
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to engage all Temple members by providing opportunities to participate in activities that meet their spiritual, social, and educational needs.
Committee members maintain contact with new and existing members, introduce them to the clergy and the lay leaders, familiarize them with all aspects of the congregational life and ensure that they are made to feel welcome in an effort to promote an awareness of the many ways in which the Temple can enrich their lives.
The mission of the Temple Sinai Nursery School is to provide a multi-faceted early childhood experience within a Jewish context, which facilitates the cultivation of a knowledge and joy of Jewish traditions and Jewish life and the development of lifelong Jewish values.
Through an integrated program model, which involves both children and their parents, the Nursery School experience provides a caring and nurturing environment within which children can grow intellectually, socially and emotionally, in addition to cultivating a strong Jewish identity and connection to our Temple family.
Public Relations Committee
The mission of the Public Relations Committee is to inform the congregation and the local community about Temple Sinai's spiritual services, Nursery and Religious schools, programs, activities and special events.
Religious Affairs Committee
The Religious Affairs Committee is primarily concerned with the character of religious life within the Synagogue. The members of the committee engage in the study of Judaic teachings and contemplate their relationship to current religious practices.
The goals of the committee are:
- The study of Judaic teachings and their relationship to current religious practices
- To work in close partnership with the clergy and offer lay support for religious activities
- To act as a sounding board to feed back information to the clergy regarding religious observance
- To make recommendations for changes in policy and practices
Sinai in the City (SITC)
Sinai in the City (SITC) is Temple Sinai's young adults program that provides social and religious programming to individuals in their 20s and 30s. Founded in 2009, the group hosts its events in New York City, and since its inception, all of the group's events have been free to members.
Sinai Social Sundays (formerly Sinai Social Club)
Join us for an afternoon of entertaining programming, camaraderie and delicious refreshments. Programs will be held one Sunday a month and the yearly dues will be eliminated; however for each future event there will be an admission fee of $5.00 for congregants and $10.00 for non-congregants, unless otherwise stated.
Social Action Committee
Jewish tradition teaches us that we are partners with God in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. The Social Action Committee shares opportunities with our Temple Sinai community where we partner together to help others. We are currently involved in many exciting projects, such as; Gleanings, A Walk for Remembrance, TANS Coat Drive and a religious school-wide drive to collect art supplies for Sunrise on Wheels, benefitting children in local hospitals waiting fortreatment. There are always new, exciting programs taking place. Please check Sinai Serves in the Scribe for more information.
Youth Engagement Committee
The mission of the Youth Engagement Committee is to:
- Advise and support the Youth Engagement Department in creating innovative and interactive programming that offers a wide array of choices for the youth and teens. Helping to ensure the programs are focused on exposing the participants to Jewish values and customs, while engaging them in are interactive and social ways.
- Encourage on-going review and innovation so that our programs continue to provide a dynamic, educational, spiritual and social experience;
- Be active participants in the planning, organizing of materials, and day of support for Temple wide events that involve the Youth Engagement Department including the Purim Carnival, Mitzvah Day and more.