Committees. Supporting the Beth Am community.

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Budget & Finance

In coordination with the Executive Director, prepares and recommends an annual budget to the Board of Directors for presentation and adoption at the annual meeting of the Congregation.
 Monitors actual income and expenses compared to the approved budget, notifies the Board of Directors of major variances, and recommends corrective actions.
 Recommends to the Board of Directors any changes to membership dues, tuition or usage fees. 
Contact: budget@betham.com

Building & Grounds

Oversees the use, maintenance and improvements to the Congregation’s buildings, grounds and equipment. Contact: buildingandgrounds@betham.com

Capital Campaign

Develops the capital campaign formation strategy and manages implementation of all related fundraising activities. Contact: capitalcampaign@betham.com

Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning

Assists the Rabbis to develop and promote adult learning opportunities for the Congregation and the community at large. Classes have included: Judaism, Talmud, Hebrew language, Tefilah, adult B’nai Mitzvah program, Jewish ethics, Israel-related topics, current events and family matters. Contact: cljl@betham.com

Executive

Prepares policy recommendations for the Board of Directors as provided in the Bylaws of the Congregation. Acts on management and personnel matters as delegated by the Board of Directors. Contact: executive@betham.com

Havurah

Supports the creation and maintenance of Havurot for members of the Congregation by placing new members in existing Havurot, creating new Havurot, and assisting with event planning.
 Maintains records of Havurot membership for purposes of planning and communication. Contact: havurah@betham.com

Hesed

The Hesed Committee makes calls when congregants have new babies, are ill, or experience a death in their families. We also provide meals when needed and make sure families have enough people for a Shiva Minyan.
 Contact: hesed@betham.com

Hevra Kadisha

The Hevra Kadisha (Holy Society) helps members of the Congregation by ritually preparing bodies for burial and working with families to help them through the mourning process. Contact: rabbik@betham.com

Human Resources

Recommends personnel policies, training and staff development programs for staff of the Congregation.
 Contact: personnel@betham.com

Jewish Learning Center ("JLC")

Advises the JLC Director on the educational programming, operations, budget, policies and evaluation of the Congregation’s Hebrew school program. Contact: jlc@betham.com

Jewish Life & Practices

Promotes Judaism to the members of Beth Am without a specific focus on ritual in order for members to connect to the Beth Am community in new ways.
 Acts as a liaison between the Congregation and Rabbis regarding Jewish practices and ritual observances. Contact: ritual@betham.com

Long Range Planning

Develops, and recommends to the Board of Directors, a set of priorities and related timetables for new programs that involve extensive financing, unusual expenditures of time, or long-range planning.
 Proactively identifies new needs and new areas of possible service for study, clarification, and referral to a standing committee or to the Board. 
Develops and maintains a rolling five-year financial plan using the current year budget as its basis, with assumptions regarding significant variables affecting the operation of the Congregation.
 Contact: planning@betham.com

Marketing & Public Relations

Develops marketing and advertising strategies to promote Beth Am and its programs.
 Assists the staff and committees with marketing and publicizing their programs, services and membership benefits through (a) internal communication to members, and (b) external communication to prospective members and community participants of public events.
 Contact: marketing@betham.com

Membership

Promotes membership to those new to the community and residents who are not affiliated with any local synagogue. Welcomes new members and orients them to the Congregation and its various programs. 
Encourages personal participation and connections among members. 
Promotes member retention and solicits feedback from departing members.
 Contact: membership@betham.com

Men’s Club

Organizes social and intellectual programming for Beth Am men in order to increase their involvement in the Congregation and the Jewish community at large. Contact: mensclub@betham.com

Nominating

Identifies and nominates prospective executive officers and members of the Board of Directors for election at the annual meeting of the Congregation or appointment by the President.
 Contact: nominating@betham.com

Preschool

Advises the Preschool Directors on the educational programming, operations, budget, policies and evaluation of the Congregation’s Preschool program.
 Contact: preschool@betham.com

Security

Oversees the security and safety at the Congregation’s facilities. 
Contact: security@betham.com

Special Consideration

Reviews requests for special dues/consideration based on financial inability to pay/donate the dues and/or fees as approved by the Congregation members at the annual meeting. Applicants must fill out the required application forms and provide a signed copy of the prior year federal income tax return of the applicant(s). If granted, individuals must agree to volunteer their time/services to the Congregation. Contact: executivedirector@betham.com

Social Action

Organizes projects of Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”) of interest to the members of the community.
 Contact: socialaction@betham.com

Technology

Advises the staff on implementation, use, maintenance and improvements to technology systems, including computers, networking, telephone, audiovisual and security systems.
 Contact: it@betham.com

Ways & Means

Oversees fundraising programs to increase the financial resources of the Congregation. Programs have included the following: annual gala dinner/dance, Yom Kippur appeal, etc.
 Contact: waysandmeans@betham.com

Women’s Connection

Organizes social and intellectual programming for Beth Am women in order to increase their involvement in the Congregation and the Jewish community at large. Contact: womensconnection@betham.com

Youth Commission

Advises the Youth Director on the programming, operations, budget, policies and evaluation of the congregation’s youth programs, including Katan-Tan, Mahar and Kadima programs for elementary school ages and the United Synagogue Youth ("USY") program for middle and high school ages. Contact: youth@betham.com