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Our Committees

Judea Reform's committees support the congregation in a variety of ways, from administrative work to hands-on help to fundraising to program development. Some of our committees have their own web pages, so some of the headings for each section will be links to those pages, offering even more information about their events and projects.

Adult Education

The Adult Education Committee’s mission is to foster the Jewish education of adults in our congregation. The committee organizes a variety of learning opportunities, among them: speaker series, extended courses, and study groups, led by clergy, visiting lecturers, and lay members. We have a deep interest in welcoming learners to our offerings not only for educational enrichment but also to create a sense of community. Questions? Contact the committee at adulteducation@judeareform.org.

Building and Grounds

Working closely with the Building Manager, the Building and Grounds Committee determines the needs of the physical buildings and grounds for ongoing maintenance and repair.  They allocate congregational funds for this work in the best and most economical method possible. Questions? Email the committee chair, Bruce Elvin, at elvin@law.duke.edu

Cemetery Board (Judea Reform Cemetery Board of Directors)

The Mission of the Judea Reform Cemetery Corporation is to operate and maintain a Jewish cemetery as a final resting place of sanctity, peace, and beauty; to provide services for the Judea Reform Congregation members and others in conjunction with burials; and to do all things that the Corporation is permitted to do by law, not inconsistent with maintaining its tax-exempt status. Questions? Visit their page on our site or email the committee at cemetery@judeareform.org

Youth, Education, and Family Engagement

Support the engagement of children (0-18) and their families in the congregation. Methods include organizing initiatives geared toward different age children and their families, communicating the needs and preferences of families to other committees, supporting family participation in community-wide worship, social action and social activities. Questions? Email the committee chair, Laura Ades, at  laura4ades@gmail.com.

Religious Practices Committee

The mission of the Religious Practices Committee is to collaborate with the Rabbi, synagogue staff, the Judea Reform Board and committees, and the congregation to ensure that we worship together as a community with spirit and intention.  The committee works with the Rabbi on innovative practices that are focused on encouraging congregants to fully participate in the cherished and evolving rituals and practices of our faith. Questions? Email the committee chair, Amy Newman, at newmantrimitzvah@gmail.com

Women’s Group

To promote friendship and fellowship for the women of Judea Reform within the context of Judaism. Questions? Email the committee chair, Anna Klein, at annaszklein@gmail.com

Inclusion

It is the goal of the Inclusion Committee to embrace a broader set of congregants of all ages and abilities so that they may participate fully in synagogue life. Access, participation, support. Questions? Contact the committee at inclusion@judeareform.org

Membership

Our mission is to attract, welcome, and integrate new members, and help engage all members through multiple avenues.  We want to connect people to the synagogue and each other. Questions? Visit their page or contact the committee at membershipcommittee@judeareform.org

Nominating Committee

The role of the Nominating Committee is to identify, qualify and propose the slate of board members to the membership of Judea Reform Congregation. The Nominating Committee shall also submit a slate of officers for election at the annual meeting of the congregation.

Religious School Committee

The Religious School Committee provides support, ideas, energy, and leadership to make JRC’s Religious School the best it can be. This committee supports the Education Director through hands-on assistance, brainstorming, problem solving, and helping to shape Religious School vision and policy. Questions? Visit their page or email our Director of Congregational Learning, Rena Fraade, at rfraade@judeareform.org

Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee offers projects in two important areas: Tzedakah, emergency relief for the neediest members of our community, and Tzedek, social advocacy projects which address root causes of injustice, inequality and environmental distress.

We are guided by the principles of Reform Judaism, the expertise of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, and the URJ's Commission on Social Action. We also work to build relationships with other faith communities in support of our common desire to create a more peaceful, more just world. The Social Action Committee welcomes new members and invites you to share ideas, know-how, and experiences to help us deepen and broaden our social justice work. Questions? Visit their page or email them at socialaction@judeareform.org

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for monitoring the organization’s overall financial health. Its core duties include overseeing budgeting and financial planning, safeguarding the organization’s assets and reviewing its insurance coverage, reviewing and proposing internal controls and fiscal policies, anticipating financial problems, and ensuring that the Board of Trustees receives accurate and timely financial reports.

Investment Committee

The Committee shall develop and execute, subject to Board approval, an investment program of all funds that considers risk, rates of return, liquidity, and maturities of investments to meet Congregation cash flow needs.

Caring Community

The mission of the Caring Community Committee is to nurture Judea Reform members at times of birth/adoption, illness and grief by responding with kindness and care to their health and healing needs. Questions? Visit their page or email the committee at caringcommunity@judeareform.org

Israel Discourse Advisory Committee

Called to make the synagogue a model for discourse about Israel and Palestine, Judea Reform Congregation’s Board of Trustees established an “Israel Discourse Policy.” Adopted in April, 2017, the policy affirms in part, that

[w]hile Judea Reform Congregation may choose not to host or sponsor speakers or programs that depart from [our core] values, our instinct is toward listening to ideas even when we may disagree with them, and even when they represent a viewpoint to the right or left of our Movement’s position.

Questions? Visit their page or email the committee at Norm Loewenthal.

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