Board and Staff

BOARD

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha`olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la`asok b’tzorchei tzibur.

Blessed are You Eternal our God, Ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us through mitzvoth and has commanded us to engage in the needs of the community.

Temple board at work

Temple board at work

With this b’rachah (blessing) we begin every board meeting at Temple Sholom. It reminds all of us that the work we are about to do during our meeting is in fact holy work, whether it involves dealing with finance, worship, house and grounds, or any other aspect of the life and wellbeing of our synagogue community.

Temple Sholom’s Board of Trustees is elected by the congregationgenerally for a three-year term. Board members also serve on one of the Teams described in this section (Chessed, Mazon, K’hillah). In fact, the Board tends to think and operate in a context of work to be done and tasks to be accomplished and as such recruits helpers from among Board membership and general temple membership.

Like all synagogue trustees, Temple Sholom’s Board has fiduciary responsibility; board members are expected to help shape the Synagogue’s mission and purpose, working closely with the clergy and staff to carry out the implementation. The board is involved in formal approval of clergy contracts, ratification of policy shifts or initiatives undertaken by the President or by other Board members or clergy, strategic planning, troubleshooting & brainstorming, and addressing concerns of congregants.

STAFF

When you enter or phone the Temple Sholom office, you’ll speak to the temple’s Secretary/Bookkeeper, Nadja Morisset.

She is skilled, friendly, and entirely professional in performing her job. She possesses skills needed in any business environment, but with added requirements because a synagogue is definitely not just a business. It’s challenging to provide administrative support to people like us who are building a new synagogue building while occupying temporary facilities and who aspire to sustain a sacred community.

Nadja is in the office on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 – 5:00 and Friday from 9:00 – 1:00. Her main responsibilities include responding to phone, email and in-person inquiries from temple members and the public; correspondence and filing; production and proofreading of print documents, including the newsletter; inventory and record-keeping, as well as coordinating the ordering of food for our various events. Her other responsibilities include maintenance of financial records, including invoices for dues and other contributions; and maintenance of financial data for review by outside auditors.

Office staff provide administrative support to the Temple President at their initiative and under their supervision.

Since they handle congregants’ personal and financial, confidential information, it is our policy that office staff are not Temple members.