Committees

We seek to engage our members and offer meaningful ways to participate in the community. Our committee structure tends to be casual, with interested people working together to complete individual or ongoing projects. 

If you have a talent to share or a desire to serve - please contact the Temple office or reach out to a Temple member to find out how to connect with one of our committees or teams. 

Joining a Temple committee is a great way to get involved with Temple life.

Committee 2016/2017 Chair Description
Adult Education   Each year this committee plans a calendar of events for the continuing education of our membership.
Archives   This committee preserves the history of Temple Emanuel in the Mort & Peg Finkelstein Archives.
Arts and Ceremonials   This committee oversees the purchase of religious objects and works of art for our Temple.
Budget and Finance   This committee's primary responsibilities are preparation of the annual budget and approval of payment by the Treasurer of all expenses. They also work closely with the Fundraising Committee.
Building and Grounds   This committee oversees the maintenance of the Temple Emanuel campus.
Calling and Bereavement   This committee is responsible for notifying Temple members of a death in our community.
Cemetery Mort Finkelstein The Cemetery Committee is responsible for the maintenance of Temple Emanuel's section in the City of Grand Rapids Cemetery at Eastern SE and Hall Street SE.
Communications   This committee shares the news of the Temple with our membership. This committee is responsible for the Temple Emanuel Web site, Newsletter, electronic communications and social media.
Fundraising   This committee organizes events and projects that raise funds for the congregation.
Kitchen   This committee oversees the functioning of the Marilyn Leven Kitchen.
Library   This committee oversees the Greta and Hy Berkowitz Center for Jewish Learning.
Membership & Welcoming
  This committee welcomes new members to Temple Emanuel. Each year they host a special new member gathering. This committee also works hard to recruit new members to Temple.
Nominating   This committee nominates Temple officers and members of the Board
Religious Services & Music
Rick Rinzler This committee works with the rabbi to create a meaningful worship experience for our members.  It also works with the Rabbi to introduce new music to the worship experience at Temple. The committee also works with our member musicians and our High Holiday soloist to create a diverse musical program at services.
Oneg Shabbat Committee   This committee coordinates the dessert receptions that follow services.

Safety and Security

Rick Rinzler The Safety and Security Committee is involved with a variety of responsibilities from employing armed guards for major events to monitoring equipment and developing safety procedures.
Social Action   This committee creates opportunities for our members to engage in the pursuit of Tikkun Olam or the repair of our world. The social action committee often coordinates our annual Mitzvah Day.
Strategic Planning   This committee works on long range plans for the future of Temple Emanuel.
Technology Melissa Popour This committee oversees the all technology used at Temple including the media center in the Greta and Hy Berkowitz Center for Jewish Learning.
Youth Group Sheila Bates This committee oversees the two youth groups and participation in NFTY events.