Through volunteering our members meet one another and strengthen our congregation.  Opportunities to volunteer vary from sharing one’s talents on time-limited, specific tasks to assuming leadership positions of many types.  All are important.  All provide a connection to other congregants.  All provide a way to express one’s creativity and commitment to Judaism.  All are fun!

Below is a list of the various areas of temple life with volunteer opportunities.  Please contact our office manager, Phyllis Maffucci at phyllis@sholom.net or call the temple office 973-239-1321, to express your interest or learn more about an area.

Sisterhood: Become involved in the many social and fundraising activities this group runs to support the congregation

Brotherhood:  Become involved in the services this group provides such as breakfasts, socials, fund raising, outings, blood-bank drive, scholarships, High Holy Day and Sabbath ushering

Adult Education:  Participate in identifying the educational needs of our adult congregants and planning programs of interest to this group

Caring Connection:  Join a group of congregants who bring cheer and comfort to those who are hospitalized or ill at home.  Help to arrange social programs for adult congregants.

Chavurot:  Help to organize groups of interested congregants with similar interests into self-directed groups which meet regularly to pursue those interests

Congregational Shabbat Dinners:  Organize one of several Shabbat dinners held during the year prior to Friday night services

College Youth:  Keep in touch with college students in the congregation and send them “goodies” to help them celebrate Jewish holidays

Communications:  Apply your skills in writing, editing, graphic arts, layout and design, website design and your familiarity with current communication technologies to helping the temple with its communications

Finance:  Help to oversee the current financial position of the synagogue as well as to ensure we have a sound basis for the future

Fundraising:  Become involved with one of the events which raise funds to supplement revenue from Temple dues and the High Holy Day campaign

High Holy Day Fundraising:  Become part of the group which ensures our High Holy Day campaign reaches all of our members

House:  Contribute your expertise to determining the needs of our building and grounds and ensuring they are met

Membership:  Help reach out to potential new members and/or to integrate them into the congregation after they join us

Membership Directory and Ad Book:  Help to sell ads, compile material and/or proofread our Temple Directory and Ad Book

Publicity:  Help us to become well known in the communities we serve by preparing and placing articles and/or calendar items in local and Jewish publications as well as on the internet

Religious School:  Be part of the group that supports the congregation’s Religious School

Ritual:  Collaborate with the clergy regarding worship, prayer, spiritual and Jewish holiday activities. Help make worship experiences accessible and meaningful to all congregants.

Shabbat Greeters:  Meet and greet people as they arrive for Friday evening services

Shofar:  Volunteer to work on some aspect of our monthly newsletter; help by writing articles, editing, proof reading, laying out pages using MS Publisher and/or  preparing  the newsletter for mailing

Social Action:  Help to put Tikkun Olam into action through hands-on volunteering in the community, as well as by raising congregational awareness about social issues of major concern

Youth:  Become involved with our programs for youth from seventh through 12th grade

Volunteer Opportunities at Temple Sholom

For many years volunteer Ushers & Greeters at Temple Sholom of West Essex have played an important role on Shabbat, during High Holy Days and at Bar/Bat Mitzvah services. In general the role of Temple Sholom’s Ushers and Greeters is to greet congregants and guests, answer their questions and assist the clergy by maintaining the solemnity of the service.

Ushers and Greeters accomplish this by welcoming worshipers, helping them find their place in the prayer book, distributing hearing augmentation devices, large print prayer books, and by directing those unfamiliar with the Temple to barrier free restrooms, standard comfort stations, exits and other necessary locations. Ushers are expected to maintain decorum in our sanctuary.

Ushers and Greeters are provided with a manual containing basic information about their duties.

Being an usher or a Greeter at Temple Sholom of West Essex is an important and valued position. We welcome the interest of members (Adult women, men and confirmands) who would like to join this longstanding group of dedicated volunteers who enhance the worship experience for members and visitors alike.

You are invited to participate in this most important volunteer opportunity. Please contact the Ritual Chairs Larry Steinman or Laurie Katzmann prior to the High Holy Days or any time during the year. Every effort will be made to offer you an Usher or Greeter opportunity that fits into your schedule. Call the office at 973-239-1321 for information or to get involved.

Help make your congregational family feel welcome. Calling all volunteers!