Committees

 

50th Anniversary Committee

Committee Co-Chairs – Pat Dunphy and Margot Montgomery, Email: 50thanniversary@templeisraelottawa.ca
The mandate is to plan, coordinate and implement events and initiatives to mark the 50th anniversary of Temple Israel in 2016-17. Goals: to celebrate successes, to look forward to Temple’s exciting future and to explore related fundraising opportunities.

 

Books & Bagels Committee

Chair – Shayla Mindell, Email: booksnbagels@templeisraelottawa.ca
The Books & Bagels Committee provides an opportunity to read books, listen to a review and then participate in discussion. A bagel breakfast at 9:30 followed by book review and discussion from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Donations defray the breakfast costs. There are 4-8 sessions per calendar year.

 

Bylaws & Policy Committee

Chair – Alison Harding-Shogilev, Email: hardingshogilev@templeisraelottawa.ca
The committee was established in January 2015 and has reviewed the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, reviews and cross-references bylaws, articles, policies and procedures. Recommendations are reported to the Board of Directors and congregation.

 

Communications Committee

Chair – Ezra Miller, Email: communications@templeisraelottawa.ca
The Communications Committee helps to ensure that communications at Temple Israel reflect the values of our sacred community and promote its mission and vision as outlined in our Mission and Vision statements.

 

Constitution Committee

Chair – Lorne Rachlis
The Constitution Committee is responsible for recommending amendments and advising on all matters relating to the Constitution of Temple Israel. To achieve this mandate, the Constitution Committee, on behalf of other committees, – recommends amendments to the Constitution – reviews or redrafts amendments – advises other committees and the Board on procedures and compliance to the Constitution – advises on the preparation of the Policy and Procedures manual and – supports other committees as requested. Passed Oct. 25, 2007 at Board of Directors meeting:

Governance of our Sacred Community
Leadership and the structures by which a community governs itself are expressions of values and a commitment to Godly action in the world. Boards, committees, policies and practices become a reflection of our priorities, which in turn reflect the values articulated by a communal mission statement supported by the entire community. We have to learn to recognize that methods of leadership and articulated forms of congregational governance are components of living our lives in holy ways.

 

Education Committee

Committee Co-Chair – Mitchell Leitman
The Education Committee works with relevant Temple personnel and the Board to ensure quality child, youth and adult education at Temple Israel.

 

Finance Committee

Chair – Steve Mendelsohn
The Finance Committee oversees the financial management of the Temple. Their role is to review and approve the annual budget and salary scale, prior to approval of the Board. The Committee also reviews and approves the Temple Israel and Temple Israel School Financial Statements before they are tabled at the Annual General Meeting.

 

HR Personnel Committee and HR Management Committee

Chair – Heather Evenchick
An HR Personnel Committee was established February 23, 2013 and passed by the Board of Directors.  The purpose of the HR Management Committee is to review, report and where appropriate, provide recommendations to the Board regarding human resources and compensation matters.

 

Jewish Memorial Gardens

Temple Israel Representative – Gerald Halpern
The Board of Directors of Temple Israel appoints, for a five year term, a Temple member to represent Temple Israel as a Member of he Board of Directors of the Jewish Memorial Gardens (JMG). The member reports annually to the Temple Board.

 

Membership Committee

Co-Chairs – Deidre Neuss and Robin Chernick

 

Music Sub-Committee

Patsy Royer, Dina Namer and Joan Schwartz
This committee reviews spects of the music presented at Temple Israel in order to improve/maintain quality, consistency and correct presentation.

 

Nominating Committee

Chair – Miriam Burke
The nominating Committee is charged with the task of ensuring that a member be nominated for the following positions which alternate every second year, ie. 2 and 6 or 3 and 5.

 

Ritual Committee

Chair – Garry Kessler
As representatives of the Congregation, the Ritual Committee works with the Rabbi to offer opportunites for regular, holiday and festival workshops. In doing so, it seeks to understand the traditions of the Jewish people, the practices and trends in Reform Judaism and the values of our congregation. In the context, the Committee works to maintain and develop policies and practices that support the evolving spiritual needs of our sacred community.

 

Social Action Committee

Committee Chair – Pam Cogan, Email: socialaction@templeisraelottawa.ca
The Social Action committee involve the Temple membership in important social justice activities that serve to strngthen the greater community and uphold the values of tikkun olam.

 

Strategic Planning Committee

Committee Co-Chairs – James Farrow and Margot Montgomery, Email: sp@templeisraelottawa.ca
The Strategic Planning committee reviews ongoing and planned activities and makes recommendations to the Board regarding Temple organization, priority activities and responsibilities consistent with Temple vision.

 

Youth Committee

Committee Chair – Jackie Barwin, Email: youth_committee@templeisraelottawa.ca
The Youth committee oversees the operations of FROSTY (Temple Israel’s senior youth group), Temple Israel’s Junior Youth Group and the Youth Scholarship Fund.