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Additional Committees

The Adult Social Programs Committee plans movies, book clubs, hiking and camping, music (making and listening), art (creating and experiencing), game nights, Shakespeare on the Common, dancing, and more. Are you interested in helping create opportunities for TBZ members to share common interests, get to know one another in new contexts, and just plain have a good time?  Join the Social Programs committee! For more information, contact social@tbzbrookline.org.


The Building Committee guides the process of maintaining and improving the shul and its grounds. We organize the activities of various contractors and service providers through the course of the year. We also research systems enhancements to make our building greener and improve the comfort and user friendliness for our congregants and staff. This involves searching for and applying for grants and matching funds, donation of in-kind services, and “roll-up-our sleeves” work performed by TBZ members. The Committee, which meets on as as-needed basis, welcomes the contributions of time and work from all TBZ members.

If you would like to get involved, contact building@tbzbrookline.org. We’ll find plenty of ways for you to contribute!


The Finance Committee works with the Executive Director to monitor the financial health of TBZ, and oversee monthly financials, budget, and investments. The Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors and the Operating Committee on financial matters. The committee is chaired by the Treasurer and is comprised of 2 to 4 additional members. Members with financial savvy serve an important function in our shul by working with this committee.

Bring us your expertise! Contact finance@tbzbrookline.org.


The Garden and Sanctuary Flowers Committee’s mission is to create a beautiful and peaceful environment for our community’s spiritual home. Anyone who desires to spend time gardening, and loves having a new place to do it, is welcome to join our work. Especially if you live in an apartment or condo, our group provides a great resource for meditative gardening. While we meet as a Committee somewhat infrequently, we encourage members to tend the TBZ garden on their own, as well as with the entire Committee.

Calling all green thumbs!  Anyone interested in joining the Committee, simply contact garden@tbzbrookline.org.


The Israel Committee’s mission is to encourage and guide TBZ’s engagement with the State of Israel. As a Jewish community, TBZ is committed to seeing the State of Israel survive and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state, and we recognize our responsibility to engage with the State of Israel within the broader context of our responsibility to k’lal Yisrael, Jews world-wide.

We carry out that responsibility through:

  • Learning through presenting classes, speakers, and panels on topics of interest
  • Participation in community-wide Israel related events in the Boston community and attending events sponsored by others as a TBZ group; and
  • Dialogue, giving our members meaningful opportunities to meet and discuss (but not debate) difficult issues. For example, during the last Gaza War, we held two different sessions for members to process and discuss the many challenges that war presented, which were widely appreciated by the approximately 75 members who participated.

We meet about 5 times a year and use our meetings both as an opportunity to have conversations about important topics among ourselves and to plan events for the whole community.

We’d love to have more members join us as we plan for the coming year.  For more information, contact israel@tbzbrookline.org.


TBZ Literacy Tutors help Boston public school students at the Winship School in Brighton improve their reading by working with them one-on-one. Tutors pair with students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 who are below grade level in reading. We establish close relationships with our students as we meet with them once per week during the school year. Helping them learn to read contributes to Tikkum Olam (repairing the world) as it helps them become independent learners. We see the benefits of our work in students’ increased reading proficiency, level advancement, speaking up more in class, focus, and running to greet us when we arrive to work with them! The Jewish Community Relations Council provides training for new tutors and ongoing support. The work is rewarding and satisfying.

If you would like to tutor during the school year, please email for more information to literacytutors@tbzbrookline.org.


The Synagogue Practices Committee creates a welcoming atmosphere at our services. We work with our community to develop synagogue skills, Torah reading, words of Torah, and general participation in our traditions. The committee meets to discuss, explore, and create innovative spiritual practices in our sanctuary. We also discuss ritual and communal practices. Working together with our Rabbis, we invigorate our Shabbatot and holidays and welcome you to join us in cultivating our vibrant community.

To learn more or join, contact spc@tbzbrookline.org.


Torah Readers

At TBZ, we encourage as many members as are interested to read Torah at our weekly Shabbat services. Members who can leyn can simply contact the Coordinator, who maintains the weekly list of parshot and readers. Readings are assigned to volunteers on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Anyone who is interested in receiving emails about available Torah reading opportunities can request to be put on the list. Simply contact torahreaders@tbzbrookline.org if you would like to join the growing list of Torah readers!

For those who would like to learn how to leyn, one of our members periodically conducts classes. Please contact her at learnleyn@tbzbrookline.org to get more information about learning opportunities.


 

We know not everyone has the time or inclination to be on a committee. But we are certain there are many of you willing and able to volunteer for specific tasks. And there is always a need for more people to help out—anything from stuffing envelopes for mailings to delivering TBZ gift bags to new members to greeting at Shabbat services to you name it—we’re likely to need it.

If this speaks to you, please email volunteer@tbzbrookline.org and we’ll be in touch when we have a need.

Tue, December 12 2017 24 Kislev 5778