COMMITTEES: GET INVOLVED...GET CONNECTED!
There are so many ways to be involved with Mishkan Shalom! We are a busy, committed, active, engaging and thoughtful community. We mindfully care for ourselves and each other and the world in which we live.
Members partner with Board representatives, rabbis and staff to create stimulating programs and activities. Here's a list of our committees and contact information.
Acts of Caring The Acts of Caring Committee serves to bring Mishkan members together virtually and spiritually — and sometimes physically — to share in members' life cycle events. To notify the G'milut Hasadim/Acts of Caring committee of a life-cycle event, or to suggest or request services through Hineini, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Education Have Ideas for Adult Education? If you have a suggestion for a class you’d like to take — or teach — contact email@example.com. We have a great Adult Education Committee — chaired by Anndee Hochman and working with Rabbi Shawn — and would love to add a few more energetic folks to that roster. Let us know if you’d like to join the conversation.
Aesthetics The Aesthetics Committee addresses aesthetics issues that go beyond specific care and maintenance of our building and site. We maintain the original architectural vision for the building and grounds, including its character and integrity as a multi-functional facility of sacred and non-sacred uses and its relationship to our Statement of Principles. We work to ensure that the building and site may respond to the ever-changing demands, and various interests, of the community with coherence and dignity. Contact Lance Laver for more information.
Avodah The role of the Avodah Committee is to identify service needs throughout the Mishkan Shalom community, to inform the Board, Leadership Development Committee and members of those needs and to inspire members to step forward to fill those positions. In addition, members wishing to learn more about Mishkan's many groups, and opportunities for involvement, are encouraged to contact Sharon Rhode, Coordinator.
Choir Makhelat Micha’el: The Mishkan Shalom Community Choir meets weekly on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Chapel. We welcome anyone who loves to sing ethnic and classical Jewish music and songs of peace and freedom. We are members of Mishkan Shalom, of other synagogues and churches and other community members. Contact Miriam Davidson for more information.
Communications The mission of the Mishkan Communications Team is to develop and maintain open and effective channels of communications within Mishkan Shalom, its leaders, committees and members and between Mishkan and the wider community. This will be guided by our Statement of Principles with the conviction that transparent, open operations assist in the development of a well-informed, healthy and growing community. Contact Sharon Gornstein
Development The Development Committee works with the Board and staff to create fundraising opportunities in support of sustainably growing our community.
Leadership Development To assist the congregation to employ the diverse skills of the membership to their fullest by identifying, developing, recommending and sustaining leaders of the Mishkan Shalom community. These activities will be undertaken in light of the Statement of Principles and with an awareness of the community’s current and future leadership needs. Contact Peter Handler.
Library The Library Committee’s goal is to help to meet the Judaic educational and informational needs of our congregation's adult and young adult members. In addition to maintaining, enriching and circulating the collection, the committee plans the annual One Book Mishkan program series. The Library is open to the public and all are welcome to check-out books and other materials. The Library is open whenever the building is open. To confirm building hours, contact the office at 267-300-7637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership The Membership Committee’s role is attracting, cultivating and enrolling prospective members in Mishkan Shalom. In addition, the committee is responsible for creating and organizing gatherings and connections for new members through their first year of membership. Thinking of joining? We're so glad you're considering becoming a part of our community! Just click on the link for everything you need to know.
Rosh Hodesh With a joyous welcome to all, we offer monthly rituals honoring Rosh Hodesh, the new moon that begins each month of the Jewish year. These gatherings explore aspects of the divine feminine (Shechinah) and are open to people of any gender who wish to honor our roots in earth-based practices. We let the moon choose the evening of our meeting. Contact Wendy, Shoshana or Susan for more information.
Site Stewards The Site Stewardship Committee’s mission is to guide the planning, implementation and management of Mishkan Shalom's outdoor environment in keeping with the congregation’s founding principles. Just as the building incorporates, reflects and enables prayer, study, acts of caring and repair of the world, so the site — as an extension of the building — is infused with these same core values. Both the ultimate form that the site takes and the process of developing it are understood as embodying these founding ideals.
Tikkun Olam Our Statement of Principles commits us to Avodah (Prayer), Torah (Study) and G'milut Hasadim/ Tikkun Olam (Acts of Caring and Repair of the World): "Through acts of caring and repair we seek to transform our world so that it reflects the divine values of justice and compassion." The work of Tikkun Olam is central to our existence as a community. Click on the link, above, to see an overview of all of our Tikkun Olam activities, or visit individual pages to learn more:
- Sustainable Mishkan
- New Jim Crow Study/Action Group
- Immigration Working Group
- Interfaith Hospitality Network
- Heeding God’s Call (Ending Gun Violence)
- Interfaith Peace Walk
- Romero Interfaith Center & Interfaith Community Building Group
Weekend in the Woods (a.k.a. "The Retreat") Our annual retreat weekend at Camp JRF in the Poconos is an amazing get-away for Mishkaners -- and Mishkan-curious -- of all ages and stages. We celebrate Shabbat in the open air, enjoy a wide range of activities, from singing 'round the campfire -- with s'mores, of course! -- sports, crafts, swimming and boating on the lake to Happy Hour, "No Talent" Show, hike to the waterfall...and more. Or, nothing at all...you get to choose the right balance of activity and relaxation for you! Read what your fellow Mishkaners have to say about it, and find all the details, including Registration, on our webpage. Contact Lisagail Zeitlin.