Temple Committees

Temple Emanuel offers many ways to become involved in Temple and Jewish life through a variety of active committees.  We always welcome new committee members along with new ideas.  One of these committees is looking just for you!

Adult Education
The Adult Education Committee helps plan programs of interest to the congregation.  This committee is generally led by Rabbi Bertenthal and promotes Jewish learning in a variety of ways.  Some of the programs over the last few years included: Judaism 101, Ethics and Judaism, Preparing your Heart for the High Holy Days, Adult Beginning Hebrew, B’Nei Mitzvah Classes for Adults.  One of the recent programs that was very popular was a discussion about the similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity.  Rabbi Linda welcomes suggestions and ideas for new Adult Education programming.  For more information see the tab on Learning.

House & Grounds
This committee helps to keep the Temple building and grounds looking beautiful, clean and welcoming to all congregants and visitors.  If you enjoy landscaping, gardening or have a special touch and expertise when it comes to light maintenance and repairs, this is the committee for you.

Our Library Committee works to maintain our book collection for both adults and children; cataloging new and donated books as well as recommending new purchases when funds are available. 

Do you enjoy meeting and greeting new people?  We are definitley looking for friendly faces who thrive on welcoming new families and singles to our Jewish community.  Let us know if you’d like to help bring joy and befriend our newest potential members.

Mitzvah Corps
Formerly known as the Caring Committee, this great group of volunteers help prepare meals for all kinds of special times when one of our members is in need.  If you like to help people and love to cook, this committee is calling your name!

Mt. Nebo Cemetery
We have the honor of still owning and maintaining the Mt. Nebo Cemetery established in 1851.  Dedicated volunteers watch over and take care of the cemetery; make policy decisions about the cemetery and assist Jewish families who wish to make Mt. Nebo their final resting place.  This is a very humbling and meaningful committment to one of the Temple’s committees.

Many of our Temple families come to us from interfaith backgrounds.  We respect these families highly as they make a committment to the Jewish faith and sometimes like to share their experiences with other families from similar histories.  Help us connect with these families and with each other by sharing your time and effort  to make them feel welcome by planning programs, activities and events.  There is more information available by clicking on Interfaith Families.

This is a focused group of Temple volunteers who along with Rabbi Karp establish the spiritual and ritual climate of the congregation.  These people are creative, flexible and willing to explore progressive as well as traditional concepts.  If this is what calls to you in your Jewish journey, please help guide us with your heart and your love of Torah.


Tikkun Olam 
One of the longest standing committees of Temple Emanuel, this group is committed to a strong sense of social justice through social action.  For more information on this committee, see the individiual tab in this section on  Community.