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Committees

Caring Committee

The Caring Committee helps make sure that we support and love one another through all of life’s ups and downs. We visit each other  in the hospital or at home. We accompany one another  in grief. We bring meals of support and condolence. We help welcome new babies and support those families. At Temple Israel we are called on to serve one another.

Caring Committee Group Visits are held on the third Sunday of every month. For more information, please contact Claudia Blackburn or David Pepper.

Chevra Kadisha

A chevra kadisha or "holy society" is an organization of Jewish men and women who see to it that the bodies of deceased Jews are prepared for burial according to Jewish tradition. Tahara or purification is the traditional preparation of the body for burial. Tahara consists of washing the body, purifying it with water, dressing the body and placing it in the casket or aron - all accompanied by prayers and intentions. It is a very ancient custom, though one that many Reform Jews may not know about. A woman who has died is given Tahara by a group of women; a man who has died is given Tahara by a group of men. For more information, please contact Judith Lyons or Brian Pelc. Read about the 2019 Kavod v’Nichum conference HERE.

Fundraising Committee

The purpose of the Fundraising Committee is to raise funds needed for Board-identified projects and efforts. The Committee helps plan specific fundraising events and activities. For more information, please contact Lorne Reinstein. 

Sustainable Torah Gardens Committee

Temple Israel has a Community Garden tended by members of the Congregation, which serves educational, meditative and altruistic purposes. Patricia Novey has assumed management of the Community Garden and is looking for volunteers to help see it through to fruition. For more information, please contact Patricia Novey.

Israel Committee

The Israel Committee organizes several activities including an annual Israel Independence Day party, and fundraising efforts to help needy children in Israel. Temple Israel even has its own Sister City in Israel - Ramat Hasharon, which lies north of Tel Aviv. The Committee encourages participation of the entire Jewish community of Tallahassee, as well as others interested in this work. For more information, please contact Dave Markell.

Membership Committee

At Temple Israel we aspire to radical hospitality.  Our Membership Committee helps our community live up to the Jewish value of hachnasat orchim, or welcoming. We welcome, we connect and we ask that you extend yourself in turn to others. To learn more about Temple please contact the Temple. Samantha Burk is the Outreach Member of our professional team.  Buddy Herrell is the lay leader of Membership. 

Worship Committee

The Worship Committee coordinates with the Rabbi to address a host of issues associated with services at Temple Israel including assisting in preparation for High Holy Day services, making recommendations about the Siddurim (prayer books), helping to coordinate alternative services, and working with the Rabbi to come up with ways to improve current service attendance. For more information, please contact Beth Schwartz.

Wed, November 20 2019 22 Cheshvan 5780