Committees

We are delighted that you are part of our Beth El family and we welcome your involvement! Your participation in synagogue committees is vital and appreciated. Volunteer opportunities span all of our portfolios and are briefly described below. Time commitments vary from one-time endeavors to long-term efforts so there is something for everyone. Whether you can give one hour or 100, we need you! For more information about the specifics of each committee, please contact our Executive Director, Linda Goldberg at 952-873-7300 x 7302.

Adult Education

A new and enthusiastic Adult Education committee has recently been formed at Beth El. Our goal is a mighty one: continue providing adult education in traditional ways (home study groups, for example) while exploring new ideas to involve all of our congregants.

Aleph School (Pre-School)

This is a working committee of actively involved Aleph School parents. A one year commitment and attendance at monthly meetings is mandatory. We coordinate programs and volunteer planning for the Aleph School, specifically, family programs, Shabbat dinner, teacher luncheons, book fairs, and other fundraising events.

Beth El Memorial Park (Cemetery)

The cemetery committee of the Beth El Memorial Park (located at 38th Ave. N. and Winnetka Ave. in Crystal) supervises all activity at the Park and employs a landscaper to do grounds maintenance. The committee meets quarterly to review policies and procedures.

BEMA (Beth El Music & Arts)

BEMA sponsors a variety of Jewish cultural events and brings both the visual and performing arts to Beth El. The committee also manages and maintains the art and museum showcases in our building.

Bethelders

Bethelders offers opportunities to seniors 60+ years to go out for entertainment with other seniors. Bus transportation is provided as many seniors are unable to drive to these locations. In addition, it also allows seniors to meet other people they wouldn’t otherwise meet.

The Beth El Choir

The Beth El Choir sings for the High Holidays and for monthly services at Knollwood Place through the Spring. The Choir also participates in Shabbat Shira and other Shabbatot and programs during the year. New choir members can sing either for programs during the year or for High Holidays or both. The Choir is multi-generational in its make-up; both adult and youth members (post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah age) are welcome to join.

Decorating

Formed in 1989, the Decorating committee has spent countless hours improving the look and feel of Beth El Synagogue. They have worked on the Spiegel Sanctuary and Gruman Social Hall, among many others.

Fundraising

The Fundraising committee offers an opportunity to plan and implement events designed to raise funds each year for the operating budget of the synagogue.

Gemilat Hesed

This committee is made up of many smaller committees who do social action projects in the synagogue and in the greater community. Click here for a complete listing of activities or contact Amy Weiss at 952-927-8202, amyweiss@hotmail.com.

Hekhsher Tzedek Social Action Committee

To complement Beth El’s Gemilat Hesed program, we work to alleviate the economic and social conditions that have precipitated the growing need to staff food kitchens, donate clothes and food, and extend hospitality to the sick. In an unredeemed world, the Torah and Talmud instruct us to participate in social justice in the tradition of mipnei tikkun ha’olam, for the sake of sustaining or repairing the world in which we live. Given our laws and tradition, it is no accident that Jews have been in the forefront of movements for social change and social justice. To keep this legacy alive our Committee works with the support of Jewish Community Action and in association with other groups to build a community that improves the quality of life for all.

Hevrat Yad Hazakah

Join this special hevrah by electing to read seven Torah readings (the equivalent of one full sidrah) in one year sometime between Shabbat B’reishit and Simhat Torah. Opportunities are available for all to read on a regular basis or on special occasions such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah anniversaries.

Honors

This committee has the task of assigning all of the Yamim Noraim (High Holyday) honors.

Investment

The Investment committee handles all educational endowment funds and any excess general funds.

Lih’yot B’Kesher: Keep in Touch

This committee’s mission is to keep in touch with our college-age adults and enrich their Jewish identity by encouraging their involvement in quality Jewish activities. Registered students receive birthday cards and care packages. Download College Outreach Registration Form »

Men’s Club

An egalitarian services affiliate whose mission is to enhance the Beth El and secular community when possible, the Men’s Club meets regularly at Beth El and sponsors breakfast and dinner functions throughout the year. These events feature leaders from our community as well as noted scholars-in-residence. Programs are open to the entire congregation. The Men’s Club also contributes funds annually for the purchase of equipment and other building improvements. New members are always needed to help.

National Speaker Series

The Speaker Series committee works diligently to bring nationally renowned speakers to Beth El. Past speaker have included President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Colin Powell, and many others. These events are exciting to plan as well as attend, and are a great way to meet more people in the Beth El community.

Office Volunteers

This pool of congregants help out in the office with answering phones, mailings, and other assorted jobs that are vital in helping the synagogue office run smoothly.

PR and Publicity

For the many photographers and journalists, this newly forming committee will take pictures at events and work with the Marketing Director to submit press releases, photos and articles to our local papers – including the Jewish World, Jewish Life and the Star Tribune. We will also work with the Marketing and Technology Directors on the Beth El website, helping to keep it up-to-date.

Scholarship

The Scholarship committee determines the criteria for and distribution of the resources that are made available by the synagogue endowed scholarship funds.

Services Advisory

This committee performs many important functions for our congregational community, one of which is evaluating the daily, Shabbat, and High Holiday Services.

Warm & Welcoming Committee

From New Member events to warm, welcoming and hospitality, this committee is working on various ways to engage new and existing members in our congregation. Many non-advertised initiatives start here and make a difference in ensuring many congregants feel at home when at Beth El. This committee also works hard in trying to reach those members that do not visit Beth El frequently.

Women’s League

Women’s League is an integral arm of the worldwide Conservative/ Masorti Movement, maintaining close ties to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and its campuses, the University of Judaism and all the other programs of the Movement. The Beth El Women’s League offers monthly programs of interest to Jewish women of all ages and holds several fundraisers throughout the year that support Beth El Synagogue and the Jewish Theological Seminary Torah Fund. The Women’s League also sponsors the Shirley R. Abelson Aleph Pre-School and manages the Gift Shop and the Beth El Kitchen. Volunteers are needed for a variety of committees. Contact Marlene Bukstein at 763-546-0355.

Yad v’Lev “Caring Community”

Our mission is to offer help and comfort to our Beth El Family during challenging times. We accomplish this by reaching out with open hands and hearts to our fellow congregants and by performing acts of kindness such as providing meals or transportation, visiting with or calling on congregants, or assisting with other services that may be needed.

Youth Education

The Youth Education Committee was formed in 1998, to help determine educational goals and oversee the educational programming at Beth El, the purpose of which is to insure that our youth (ages preschool through high school) are receiving a well rounded Jewish education in order to become knowledgeable participants as they travel the path to adulthood.

Youth Commission

Working board for parents of kids who are active in the youth department. Commission meets quarterly to talk about and vote over deciding factors that develop within the department.