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                                            Membership Committee

The Membership Committee helps keep us all connected to each other, whether you are a current member or are considering joining Temple Beth Abraham.

Our goal is to create a warm feeling of inclusion and joy.  Here's a sampling of our events:    Our  New Member Welcoming Party was a wonderful experience, with wine, appetizers and silly games to help people get to know each other.  We will be planning a New Member party this Fall, so if you've joined TBA within the past 5 years, stay tuned!  The Joyous Chanukah party connected members with live music from the Sweet Vermouths, free craft projects for kids, a fabulous raffle, and even a gourmet latke cooking demo by John of the Blue Olive.   On February 29th, we hosted a party with live music from the ’50s and ’60s, which targeted those of us who graduated from High School in the '60s and '70s.  

The COVID-19 epidemic has disrupted our social and work patterns, isolating us from friends and family.   Our clergy, teachers and staff had done an amazing job of pivoting to a virtual community, through ZOOM classes and meetings and live-streamed services.   High Holyday services were amazing- intimate and enriching. The Membership committee is participating, and our goal is to reach out to everyone in the community, and to offer programs that bring joy, learning and comfort.   


 

Honey Cake for a Sweet New Year

Last year, the Membership Committee set up a Rosh Hashanah oneg, to share the sweet taste of the New Year.   This year, we couldn't meet in person, so we asked Zaide's to package individual honeycakes for us, which we distributed to our members.  About 150 members came to the Temple on September 13th, to pick up a honey cake and a prayer book, some came by later in the week, and we delivered some to our older members who were not able to come out on their own.  300 honeycakes graced our Holiday tables! 


 

TBA Connects 

TBA Connects is a network of over 50 volunteers who reached out to all our congregants.  This is a joint effort between the Membership, Tikkun Olam, and the TBA Cares committees, and is fueled by volunteers from across our population-  New members, Chai Plus Members, Board Members, young and old.   Some of these calls are short and sweet, some are sad, some lead to long discussions and new friendships as we reach out to all our members in this stressful time.   We will continue to make periodic calls, especially to our elders and to people in need.  Please send a note to memberservices@tba-ny.org if you’d like to join us in this mitzvah. 

To celebrate Passover,  a generous congregant offered to donate Passover meals to members of TBA.  We were able to deliver 35 meals to seniors living alone, to older couples, and to others who were struggling with the coronovirus.   The donor for these meals wishes to remain anonymous, but I want to thank Tracy Ostroff, Jennifer Molinoff,  Melissa Baer, and others who joined in making this happen on short notice.  


 

Membership Events 

J Silverman

As the quarantine continued, we brought you musical programs to bring joy to our souls and programs that helped us deal with the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic.   Here’s a special call-out to Glen Roethel, who brought us two concerts, one on Jewish Songwriters and Singers and another on Inspiring Songs and Singalongs.  We also honor Dr. Jill Silverman who has led three sessions for our volunteers and for our members, to help us navigate this stressful psychological landscape. 

 

This summer has been a social learning experience for many, as we learned that Covid-19 disproportionately affected people of color, and we tried to make sense of the horrible video of George Lloyd’s death.   The Membership Committee is actively participating in the TBA READs project, which involves reading and discussing systemic racism in America and our role in it.  We are reading the book White Fragility by Robin Deangelo, which challenges us to understand the advantages we glean just by dint of  being white, and helps us move beyond the our unconscious biases to be allies to Black people in America. 


Birthday Parade for Rabbi David 

The membership committee has been meeting regularly this summer, and we are planning events activities that we hope will bring joy connection. Recently we held a car parade in honor of Rabbi’s 60th birthday. Click the link below for slide show prepared by Bunny Solomon from her pictures of the event.

http://tba-ny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Rabbi-Holtz-60th-Birthday-2020.mp4

 

There is much more to come!  We look forward to hearing from you!

The chair of the Member Services Committee is Bernice Rogowitz.

For more information, or to volunteer,  please contact us at: memberservices@tba-ny.org

 

Wed, October 21 2020 3 Cheshvan 5781