Press here for the 2016-2017 Councils and Committees Organizational Chart. Read below for descriptions as well as contacts and contact emails. Questions? Call Joy Addison in the Temple Administrative Office at (972) 661-1810 ext. 200.
Temple Shalom offers numerous opportunities for our members to contribute and join in the activities of the congregation. In addition to Sisterhood and Brotherhood, we encourage you to click on the committees below and participate in all that Temple Shalom has to offer!
- Adult Choir
- Adult Education
- Beautification, Buildings and Grounds
- Budget & Finance
- Caring Congregation
- College Connections
- Connections Council
- Early Childhood Education
- Golf Tournament
- Israel Connection
- Lifelong Learning Council
- Member Services
- Religious School
- Shalom Silver
- Tikkun Olam/Social Action
- Worship Council
- Young Adult Connection
- Youth Choirs
- Young Families
- Youth Groups & SHFTY
The Adult Choir, a volunteer group, rehearses on Tuesday evenings for the High Holy Days from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Throughout the year, the Choir participates in special music Sabbaths, concerts with composers-in-residence and at the community cantors' concert.
If you are interested in becoming a member of this choir please contact Clergy Assistant Elise Donosky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans classroom courses, discussion groups, Scholars/Composers-in-Residence programs, Jewish film festivals, and trips to Jewish places of interest. For more information please see Adult Education and email AdultEducation@templeshalomdallas.org. Howard Gottlieb, Chair, Adult Education Committee
The Archives Committee preserves the past, present and future of Temple Shalom through the archiving of any and all materials relating to the everyday functioning and special simchas of Temple Shalom. If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee please contact us at Archives@templeshalomdallas.org. Dan Krause, Archivist.
Beautification, Building & Grounds
This committee assesses our beautification needs and makes recommendations and approves and/or selects changes or enhancements to the interior and exterior of Temple Shalom as well as the acceptance of all gifts or donated items to our building. It recommends action for the maintenance of the building and grounds. This committee consults with contractors for various projects for repairs and participates in the bidding process. For more information, please contact Executive Director Steve Lewis at email@example.com
Budget & Finance
The Temple Shalom Budget Committee is responsible for working with the Temple's senior staff in the preparation of the budget for all temple revenue and expenses for each temple fiscal year (June 1 - May 31). Budget categories include Administration, Ritual, Programs, Youth Education, Youth Activities, Building and Grounds, and Capital. The Budget Working Group meets from January through March to discuss and prepare a budget that is submitted for approval to the Board of Trustees in April and to the Congregation at the annual meeting in May. This committee is chaired by the Finance Director. For more information, please contact Executive Director Steve Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach out to congregants in times of illness, death, birth in the family or as needed. More information is at Caring Congregation To assist in this important work please email us at email@example.com. Jo-Ann Saunders, Reesa Portnoy, Co-Chairs, Caring Congregation Committee.
This committee acts as a liaison between Temple Shalom and Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home and provides Temple members with information related to the purchase of cemetery plots and interments and maintains related records and makes recommendations on plot pricing and cemetery rules. For more information please contact Cemetery@templeshalomdallas.org. Mark Fishkind, Jim Liston Co-Chairs, Cemetery Committee.
We keep in touch with our college students by sending packages for a few times a year along with timely information to help strengthen Jewish identity and a relationship with Temple Shalom. We invite parents to participate in preparing packages. For more information please email Chair Lisa Speckman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connections Council plans activities and events and special services that are targeted to a variety of different segments within the Temple Shalom family. The Connections Council also creates programming to welcome and inform new and potential members about our Temple and help all members get to know each other and enjoy being a part of Temple life. We are the umbrella for committees such as Stay & Schmooze which provides activities for parents on Sunday during Religious School and Holiday Celebrations, which plan congregational celebrations during the year. You may also join our newest committee, our LGBTQ Pride Committee, open to all members!
For more information please contact our Connections Council Chairs, Julie Gothard & Keo Strull at Connections@templeshalomdallas.org.
Early Childhood Education
Munchkins Minyan meets monthly on the third Friday night at 6:00pm for families with children 6 and under in our Rabiner Children's Library to celebrate Shabbat and on Sunday mornings and through our Tots Academy program (for which registration is required) for children 2-4 years of age. For information email email@example.com. To register your child for the Sunday morning component, contact the Lifelong Learning Office at (972) 661-1362. Melinda Hepworth facilitates Tots Academy and can be reached by the email above.For other early childhood education queries, email Chair Jen Arndt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The opportunity to assist in obtaining gifts, sponsors and planning for our annual Golf Tournament, benefiting Snowball Express, the North Texas Food Bank and Temple Shalom charities. Silent auction, raffle selling, mailing and volunteer coordination needed. For more information please contact Golf@templeshalomdallas.org. James Bier, Barry Pierce, Golf Tournament Co-Chairs.
All members are encouraged to join a Havurah, a small group of Temple members who come together to learn, to socialize and to enjoy Jewish living with their families. Some Havurot focus on study, others on observances of holidays and festivals and others on socializing. You can find a Havurah application by clicking here. For more information, email email@example.com. Denise Blasband, Kathryn Frish, Co-Chairs, Havurah Committee.
This committee plans programs to educate the congregation about Israel and the issues surrounding Israel's relationship with the world. For information, please email Chair Ken Glaser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifelong Learning Council
This Council, which oversees our Adult Education Committee, plans programs for our congregants to encourage everyone to learn and experience our Jewish traditions. If you are interested in working with this Council please email email@example.com, Howard Gottlieb or Kamy Ross, Lifelong Learning Council Chairs.
The Membership Committee plans activities and events and special services that are targeted to a variety of different segments within the Temple Shalom family. The committee also creates programming to welcome and inform new and potential members about our Temple and help all members get to know each other and enjoy being a part of Temple life.
For more information please contact the Membership Committee Chair Lauren Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsible for supporting several music programs throughout the year. From our Youth Choir, Ruach, recitals to the Composer-in-Residence Biannual program to the DFW Community Cantors' annual concert, this working group enjoys bringing fun, entertaining and spiritual events for the congregation. If you are interested, contact email@example.com. Aric Stock, Music Committee Chair.
Temple Shalom Sisterhood provides an oneg (wine and cheese reception) every Shabbat before services to encourage Temple members and guests to gather and visit with each other.
Please contact Sisterhood at Sisterhood@templeshalomdallas.org if you would like the opportunity to sponsor or co-sponsor an oneg in order to honor someone special (bar/batmitzvah, birth, wedding, anniversary, graduation) or celebrate one of the simchas in your life. For more information, please see Oneg.
Develops programs that inspire an appreciation of and a commitment to Judaism in our children as well as to providing a comfortable environment where our kids can enjoy time with their Jewish peers and friends. From the budget to the classroom the Religious School curriculum seeks to inspire and support its teachers and programs. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Diana Krevo & Mandy Gold, Religious School Committee Chairs.
Purpose is to present to members who are 55 or older programs to entertain, inform and provide opportunities to gather together. We have had monthly Essers & Fressers restaurant dinners and have planned Bingo & Ice Cream Socials, attended plays, a trip to the race track, hosted guest speakers, attended an art gallery tour and had a tour of the Biblical Museum and the Bush Library, enjoyed song and dance programs, and an evening at the movies. For more information please contact ShalomSilver@templeshalomdallas.org. Judy & Ken Parker, Judy Utay, Shalom Silver Co-Chairs.
Tikkun Olam/Social Action Council
Put our faith into action by reaching out to others in our community to make a difference. Through active participation in a variety of projects and programs we will accomplish our goal of Tikkun Olam--Helping to Repair the World as we pursue social justice. Programs include our Caregivers' Day Out program, our High Holy Day food drive, monthly cooking and serving for The Stewpot, Israel Connection, Embrace, our Jewish-Muslim-Christian Women's Fellowship Group, our DAI partnership, our new Shomrei Adamah committee which will be investigating ways to become more eco-friendly, educating students and families about our impact on the environment and the intersection of our Jewish values, our North Texas Food Bank Mitzvah opportunities and more. For more information please see Tikkun Olam or contact please contact email@example.com. Debra Levy-Fritts & Jody Pearson, Tikkun Olam Council Chairs.
Would you like to provide input about ritual, observance and worship at Temple Shalom? We want to hear from you! Please contact our Worship Committee Chairs Mark Fisher and Monica Sandler at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are invited to participate on the Worship Committee, which meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7:00pm at Temple Shalom. This committee provides a forum for open discussion of worship and observance between the clergy and the congregation, serving as a conduit for congregant commentary and implementing specific tasks with relation to ritual, observance and worship.
Young Adult Connection
Single or married, if you are in your 20's or 30's and want to get together and have fun with other Jewish professionals, join the Temple Shalom Young Adult Group. For more information please contact Young Adult Chair Janel Cassorla at YoungAdults@templeshalomdallas.org.
Youth Choir, Ruach, for children grades 3-6 and our Teen Choir, Kol Halevi'im, for teens grades 7-10. Rehearsals are on Sundays after Religious School from Noon-1:00pm. If you are interested in your child joining the choir, please contact Clergy Assistant Elise Donosky at email@example.com.
Single or married, if you are in your 20's or 30's with children and want to get together and have fun with other families and adults who have children, join the Temple Shalom Young Families group. For more information please contact YoungFamilies@templeshalomdallas.org, Jen & David Arndt, Young Families Chairs.
Youth Groups & SHFTY
Temple Shalom is dedicated to its youth. Our programs are dedicated to providing a safe Jewish environment where youth can have a positive Jewish experience. We have a wide range of programs that include social action, educational, and social activities. We hope that you will get involved! If you are interested in becoming a member of this Committee, please email Karen Stock at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about SHFTY, Shalom Federation of Temple Youth, our youth group for 8th - 12th graders, please email our Youth Advisor, Michaela Rollins at email@example.com.