Temple Beth Or’s strength lies in the active involvement of members in all variety of volunteer committees. We are a hands-on congregation, with volunteers actively engaged in everything from education and ritual to social action.
Membership in committees is open to all, and anyone wishing to join a committee should contact the Temple Office or the contact listed beneath the committee description.
Do you have a special talent or interest? Want to make new friends? Committees give members many avenues for involvement. They make the congregation a warm and welcoming Jewish community and offer opportunities for members to find spiritual, social, and intellectual fulfillment.
The Adult Education Committee cultivates a spirit of lifelong immersion in Jewish study within our community and helps define courses of interest.
The TBOB (Temple Beth Or Brotherhood) is the men’s service organization for Temple Beth Or. TBOB offers men a unique opportunity to network and form friendships with other men of the Temple, while serving the larger Temple community. We provide critical support services throughout the Temple, as well as offering social, recreational, spiritual and personal growth opportunities for members. Some of the TBOB’s activities include serving as Ushers for High Holiday services, annual Charlie Mittag Durham Bulls game, TBOB Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Night, 1st Thursday Poker Night, TBOB Softball, and the annual Kugel Throw Down.
To receive additional information or request TBOB emails please contact the Temple office.
A Chavurah is a wonderful way to extend your family’s circle of friends and deepen your Jewish identity. Whether you are looking for a way to meet more congregants or participate more fully in Temple activities, joining a chavurah gives you the opportunity. Each chavurah is made up of roughly 8-12 TBO households and defines its own focus. Most meet regularly, usually on a monthly basis, often in one another’s homes, for a combination of activities – social gatherings, holiday celebrations, study and social action. The choice of focus is up to each group and so is the option to plan outings, dinners, visits to exhibit or sporting events, attend Temple functions, lead worship services, and participate in mitzvah projects.
‘Henaynu Caring Committee’ and ‘Helping Hands’
The Henaynu Caring Committee and Helping Hands live the adage, ‘Charity begins at home.’ Both of these groups provide our congregation a wonderful opportunity to connect with one another through the mitzvah of feeding both body and soul during those times when we most need support.
Henaynu is the Hebrew phrase that means, “We Are Here.” When our rabbis hear of a situation in the lives of our members where they could use support, they ask if it would be okay to share their contact information with our Henaynu Committee. If they agree, the rabbis send email to the committee letting them know who to contact and why. Members of the committee support those in need by simply sending an email, note, or telephone the person needing support. Click on the ‘hands’ picture below to see how the committee works, guidance on what to say, and how to sign up.
Temple Beth Or’s Membership Committee introduces visitors and prospective members to our congregation and its programs, and makes new members feel welcome once they have joined. In addition to greeting and answering questions at each Friday Shabbat service, the committee hosts annual new and prospective member events during the year, including our ever-popular New Member Parties that welcome new members to our congregation.
The Religious School Committee establishes policy and oversees the operation of the Religious School. The committee meets monthly on the second Monday of each month at 7:15PM in the Religious School building. All voting Temple members are welcome to attend at any time.
The Ritual Committee advises the Rabbis, staff, and the Board of Trustees, when requested, on issues of ritual at Temple Beth Or.
The Committee defines ‘ritual’ as the tangible actions, including music, taken by people during the worship of God and in the practice of Reform Judaism. It is a goal of this committee to reflect the views of the congregation and actively engage members in ritual.
In the past, the committee has participated in services, in reviewing new prayer books, and in setting service times. Meetings are normally the first Tuesday of the month. If interested in joining or attending, please contact the chair to confirm dates and times of meetings. Join the committee as it addresses questions about how our congregational practices express our commitment to Judaism.
You can make a difference when you join Temple Beth Or’s Sisterhood (TBOSS) by becoming part of a group of women who care about each other, who support a variety of Jewish projects to strengthen our Temple, our community, our Jewish heritage, and the Jewish people worldwide.
Sisterhood enriches the lives of every segment of our congregation from preschoolers to college students. We feed our congregation after happy events and sad events, but more importantly we nourish our members’ lives by forging new and lasting friendships and renewing our sense of community.
Our programs fall into four main categories:
- Helping Hands – coordinates help/cooks meals for TBO members in times of crisis
- StepUP Program – assists Raleigh’s less fortunate in achieving self-sufficiency
- Cancer/AIDS walks – supports research and efforts to help those living with cancer and AIDS
- Blood Drive – supports the community (held in conjunction with Mitzvah Day)
- Get acquainted brunches
- Bunco party
- Scrap booking
- Knitting workshops
- Healing Shawls
- Tot Shabbats coincide with holidays for our 6 and under members
- College Connection – we send Judaic care packages to members away at college
- Congregational Break the Fast
- Congregational Passover 2nd Night Seder
- Purim Dinner before services
TBO Judaica Shop
Find yourself in need of the perfect gift for your sister’s wedding?
Or how about a beautiful tallit for your son’s bar mitzvah?
Or perhaps you just want to buy a beautiful piece of Judaic art or Israeli jewelry just to show someone you’re thinking about them.
For any reason or occasion, look no further than the Temple Beth Or Sisterhood Judaica Shop for all of your Judaic gift and holiday essentials. There’s something for everyone, and all proceeds benefit the many projects of TBO’s Sisterhood.
Feel free to drop by the shop on Sundays during religious school from 9am-1:15pm and on Thursdays from 9am -12pm, or by special appointment.
Contact Noreen Berger, store manager, by phone at 919.264.5142 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Temple Beth Or offers a wide array of social action projects allowing members to participate in tikkun olam – “repair of the world.” Please see our Tikkun Olam page for information on individual programs and contacts.
Young Adults and Families
The goal of this committee is to bring together members of the congregation who are in their 20s and 30s, single, married, with children and without! It offers TBO members a way to get to know one another, have social and educational programming designed by them and for them, and to offer support to the Temple with its many activities that reach out to this age group. For the adults, upcoming events will include social gatherings such as a Hurricanes Hockey game, wine tastings, and a night at Charlie Goodnight’s Comedy Club. For families, we are planning a session called “Teach Your Children Well” to help prepare sensible, kid-friendly answers to questions about Judaism; as well as family-friendly Sunday bagel gatherings in local parks.