Committees and Groups
Committees and Groups
Or Shalom offers dozens of ways to make friends and connect with the community. Committees and groups reflect the varied interests of our members: study, service, spirituality or just fun. To get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Education Committee organizes educational talks, classes, films and discussions about Judaism, Jewish culture, history and literature.
Book Group meets monthly over dinner to discuss books of Jewish interest.
Chesed Committee provides food and other support for Or Shalom households in times of need, such as when a new baby arrives, or when illness or death visits a home. The committee meets periodically for cooking parties to keep the freezer stocked.
Choir and Instrumental Group, directed by Music Director David Cohen-Tzedek, provides musical leadership at all services. The choir rehearses regularly all year round.
Considering God Salon gathers for intimate conversation about our relationship with the divine, whether or not we believe in God, and our spiritual practices within or outside of Jewish tradition.
Finance Committee keeps an eye on our community’s fiscal health, and makes recommendations to the board on financial matters.
Fund Development Committee organizes fundraising events as well as the annual fund drive. It also assists when other committees and the Board host events.
Interfaith Action Committee works on two fronts: to help Or Shalom coordinate with other faith communities in social justice work, educational events or tikkun olam projects; and to help our interfaith families honor and share their rich spiritual heritages.
Le Dor Va Dor Family Education offers monthly gatherings for families of young people in the year leading up to their b’nai mitzvah. Themes include Shabbat, interfaith dynamics, community service and what it means to come of age in the Jewish community.
Membership Committee is dedicated to building and sustaining community with outreach to new and prospective members, as well as “inreach” events and programs that help members connect with one another.
Minhag Committee consults with and advises the rabbi and music director regarding Or Shalom’s services, spiritual practices, customs, community celebrations and music.
News Minyan discussions bring the wisdom of Jewish texts and traditions to bear on contemporary issues and events. Conceived as Torah study in reverse, the group starts in the present, using contemplative deep listening practice, and works backward to our ancient texts.
Office Havurah helps by volunteering with administrative tasks, supporting the office staff and the rabbi.
OS Justice Committee plans community-wide actions, speakers and educational opportunities in the spirit of tikkun olam.
Religious School Committee meets with education director Zehava Dahan to guide Or Shalom’s religious school. It includes parents with kids in the school, as well as members with a passion for the next generation’s Jewish education.
Teen Havurah gathers to learn, connect and travel together in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Activities for these post–b’nai mitzvah teens include cooking, thought-provoking movies and retreats.
Tanakh Study Group meets twice a month on Sunday mornings. The group is currently reading biblical texts beyond the Torah, including Judges and Isaiah.