“It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes a difference in the world.”
–Pirke Avot, 1:17
You can help make Congregation Kol Ami an even better place to be. Kol Ami has a number of very active committees that support the programs and mission of our congregation. Many of these committees need volunteers – individuals who can help in a variety of ways. This booklet contains a list of the committees, a brief description of their roles, the chairpersons, their contact information, and an explanation of the volunteers’ jobs. Please contact the committee chairs and let them know you can help.
Committee on Adult & Family Education “CAFÉ”
Co-Chairs: Emanuel & Rina Donchin
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; (813) 760-7114
The Committee on Adult and Family Education “CAFÉ” coordinates and plans an extensive selection of exciting and innovative programs for all members of our congregation as well as for the entire community. CAFÉ enthusiastically encourages families – grandparents, parents, and children alike – to come together to study Torah and other topics in concert. In addition to classes, CAFÉ plans special events such as the annual Scholar-in-Residence Weekend. Volunteers are needed to help develop and plan new educational programs. The Committee is always looking for people with ideas for classes and programs. They only meet a few times a year and would love to welcome new faces to the committee.
College Outreach Committee
Chair: Dr. Sharon Dabrow
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; (813) 264-9456
The College Outreach Committee sends packages, emails and mailings to our undergraduate and graduate school students. Please keep the chair person updated with current addresses. Volunteers are needed twice a year (prior to Hanukkah/finals and Pesach) to assist in obtaining donations for the packages, organizing the packages, and preparing them for distribution.
Chair: Nancy Graff
Contact Info: email@example.com; (813) 265-1995
The Fellowship Committee arranges Synagogue Shabbat dinners, as well as the 2nd night Passover Seder meal, and Scholar-In-Residence weekend. Volunteers/Committee members are needed to assist in planning, publicity and creating table decorations. Volunteers/Committee members are also welcome to assist in setting tables and centerpieces for these events. This usually requires about an hour or two on Friday morning or day of the event.
Chair: Yoav Rappaport
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org; (813) 792-2786
The Fundraising committee organizes programs and activities that raise money for our congregation. Current and past fundraisers include Memorial Plaques, Tree of Life, Special Dinners and Events, The Annual Fundraising Gala/Event and Flamingo Flocking.
Chair: Michael Leeds
Please contact the office: email@example.com; (813) 962-9338
The House committee is responsible for the repair and upkeep of our physical plant. Volunteers are needed to assist with special projects as the need arises.
What does Kesher mean? “Kesher” translated from Hebrew means “connection”. The purpose of the Kesher Committee is to find ways for our members to connect with each other and to Kol Ami. Members of the Kesher committee will be developing and implementing ideas designed to help our members make new friendships and enrich existing friendships to deepen our link to one another throughout the year. Early ideas include producing a Kol Ami play, Schmear and Schmooze and ?? Be a part of this new adventure as we explore and plan meaningful and fun ways to further connect our Kol Ami family.
Kol Yeladim School Board
Co-Chairs: Amy Wasser and Francine Lazarus
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; (813) 264-6266 or francine.Lazarus@gmail.com; (813) 908-3726
The Kol Yeladim School Board works with the Education Director to set policy for and oversee the running of the Kol Yeladim Religious School. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Kol Yeladim School Board to help set the policy and direction for the school. Volunteers are also needed to help with specific Kol Yeladim events (Purim Carnival, High Holiday Junior Congregation, Sukkot programs, Passover Candy Sale, Hanukkah celebrations). Volunteers are needed to serve as class parents and make necessary phone calls to families and assist in classrooms when needed, as well as drive on field trips. Volunteers are needed to answer phones during religious school hours and help with assorted tasks during religious school hours.
Long Range Planning Committee
Chair: David Lazarus
Contact Info: email@example.com; (813) 908-3726
The Long Range Planning Committee evaluates and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding the future needs of our congregational family on a wide variety of topics. These topics include, but are not limited to, Personnel, Membership, Finance, Facilities, Ritual, Communication, Security, Leadership, Education, and Programming. Volunteers are needed to provide thoughts and expertise in the areas listed above to help shape and update the existing Long-Range Plan for the synagogue.”
Chair: Andie Friedman
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; (813) 928-6895
The Membership Committee’s mission is to bring in prospective members to the Kol Ami family, to retain current members, and to help new and not-so-new families feel welcome and engaged at Kol Ami. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Membership Committee to help in any aspect of recruitment, retention and overall welcoming of new and current members into the fold. We are developing a buddy system between current members and new/prospective members and are always looking for folks who are willing to make an occasional phone call or agree to meet a new/prospective member at Shabbat services or such. Committee meetings are kept to a minimum, when necessary include food, and mostly we use email to keep in touch. Creative ideas and enthusiasm for growing and maintaining our membership are appreciated!
Chair: Kalman Pila
Contact Info: email@example.com; (813) 964-9000
The Ritual Committee organizes Shabbat services, Holiday services, and works with the Rabbi to make ritual decisions. The Ritual Committee needs volunteers to help prepare Torah and Service Assignment sheets by coordinating requests for individual honors, interfacing with the Rabbi, Hazzan, and the Office; securing Service leaders and Torah readers; extending honors on Shabbat and Yom Tov mornings; assisting honorees in anticipation of their ascending the Bima; and participating in discussion and decisions affecting ritual issues.
Chair: Please contact the office.
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; (813) 962-6338
The Security Committee members help maintain the safety and security of the Synagogue for Friday night and Saturday morning services. Volunteers are needed to arrive before services to walk around the building and check all doors and windows. The volunteer would remain in the main lobby during services and control the entrance doors, being observant and diligent about those entering the building. There is a rotating schedule where each volunteer works approximately every 5 or 6 weeks.
Chair: Phoebe Ochman Co-Chair: Dan “Coach” Ochman
Contact Info: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; (813) 960-5971
The Social Committee plans programs designed to bring our congregational family together for enjoyable social functions. The Social Committee is looking for people willing to help in the organization, creation and participation of social events at Congregation Kol Ami. Only those who are willing to interact with their fellow congregants and are able to have a good time while doing so need apply. A sense of humor, desire to have fun and think outside the box attitude are preferred. The Social Committee at Kol Ami is an equal opportunity committee.
Tot Programming Committee
Chair: Allison Agliata
Contact Info: email@example.com; (813) 264-0479
The Tot Programming Committee plans and runs Kabbalat Shabbat programs for families with toddlers - ages 2 ½ -5 years old. Volunteers are needed to assist in planning and running other activities geared for this age group. In addition, if you are interested in organizing a playgroup for children ages birth through preschool please contact Allison.
Chair: Linda Ravitz
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; (813) 920-8294
The Youth Committee works with the Youth Director, Joshua Gamson, who in turn works with the Boneem, Kadima and USY Advisors to develop and supervise the Youth programming for Kol Ami. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Youth Committee. The Youth Committee will help develop and assist in setting a policy for and oversee the running of the Youth Groups. Volunteers are also needed to act as chaperones and drivers at youth events, assist with food preparation and set up for fund raising events such as the annual Tikkun Olam dinner. The Youth Committee is responsible for setting polices and procedures to ensure the safety of the staff and youth groups. The Youth Committee is also responsible for making sure the Kol Ami Youth Department follows the guidelines and procedures set by the HaNegev Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.