|Congregation members can volunteer to give sermons on subjects that are topical or are related to Jewish history, light the Friday night candles during services, help in Temple activities such as Bingo, and, join groups that support others in need.|
Participation by Temple members as volunteers in services and activities such as Bingo, committees and in groups is encouraged.
Examples of Temple members volunteering are Joanne and Jerry Goldin managing the Temple's Bingo night every Wednesday, Royce Fishman developing our website with the Temple Corresponding Secretary and Board member Lyn Margolis, Levana Madani being managing editor of the Shalom Newsletter, Ira Pozen managing Casino night plus being President of the Brotherhood for 2011, Marilyn Byer managing the Temple's commercial grade kitchen used for Temple events and rented by outside organizations for meetings at the Temple plus being Sisterhood President for 2011, and, Leah Frederick leading the Alzheimer’s Support group in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Family Organization.
These types of volunteer activities and the contributions of so many other Temple members on an equal basis too numerous to cite here, not only help both the Temple and the surrounding community, but, are examples of activities that allow participating members to get to know other Temple members better and build lifelong friendships.
Volunteering is a Mitzvah so…Don't wait to be asked!
Members of our Choir who are all volunteers, participate in various aspects of our services
People volunteer for numerous reasons. Some because they want to do meaningful work, others want to give back to their community, or just because they believe in the worth of a group or cause.
At Temple Shalom, we offer many volunteer opportunities, some are ongoing and some are just for a one-time event. Congregation committees, groups and organizations are always looking for volunteers with fresh ideas, talents and experience. Many of the volunteer positions do not require any special talents or skills. Sometimes it's just having someone there to say, "What can I do?"
An example is volunteering for Bingo as a sub, caller or AV technician. Just a few hours every 6 weeks and 2 shifts are available. It is a great way to meet other people, and, contribute to Bingo which is a great fundraiser for the Temple and it's external activities like supporting The Villages Hospice. Contact Joanne or Jerry Goldin or the Temple's office.
Take time and help Temple Shalom to:
• Work toward a unified purpose for the long-term health and well being of our congregation.
• Work toward a spirit of collaboration to achieve continued visibility in the tri-county area.
• Work toward our continued membership growth.
• Work toward the continued success of our family.
Volunteering is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Call the Temple Shalom office at (352) 748-1800 and say, "I want to volunteer." Give them your name, phone number and email address (if you have one). Or, you can send an email to the Temple Shalom office, and, put I Want to Volunteer in the subject line, and, describe what you would like to volunteer for in the body of your email.
2. Your request will be distributed to the appropriate committees, organizations, etc., or, if you do not specify an area the committees, organizations, etc. will let you know where help is needed..and .
3. Answer the phone call inviting you to join a group, committee or event.
Thank you from Temple Shalom.
Groups to Join
Direct telephone contact information for each of the group leaders below is available on the Members Only page accessible by Secure Log-On. You can also send an email to any of the above persons using the Contact US webpage email form on this website. The email form goes to John Sears who will forward it to the appropriate person.
The Jewish Singles Club meets on the 1st or 2nd Thursday of each month 11:30 AM at Temple Shalom. We have a pot luck luncheon and after meeting those who wish to stay can play cards or games of their choice. The purpose of the club is to make friends. Contact Sandee Cole or Etty Kohn for more information.Bereavement Group
A bereavement group meets every Tuesday at Temple Shalom from 10am to noon. Contact Marlene Haywood for more information.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Temple Shalom in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Family Organization will be sponsoring and hosting a support group for caregivers. Meetings are held the last Monday of each month at 10 am. Contact Leah Frederick for more information.
Art – Our focus is to create, select, and promote an awareness of the importance of our cultural, historic and artistic identity. Contact Janice Zur for more information.
Audio Visual - Responsible to operate and maintain all audio and video equipment. Contact Tom Dessert for more information.
Building (House) - Responsible to maintain interior and exterior of Temple building plus Temple security / access control. Contact Butch Ballot for more information.
Endowment - To encourage and assist long term gifting to our Temple, which will give lasting life to the Jewish presence in the growing multi county community we serve. Contact (to be established) for more information.
Long Range Planning - Our goal is to see that the financial stability of Temple Shalom is job one. Contact Butch Ballot for more information.
Membership – Reaches out to present and future Jewish residents in the surrounding area of Lake, Sumter, Marion, Citrus and other counties and familiarize them with our Temple. Contact Leah Frederick for more information.
Policy and Contracts - Creates and maintains the Temple Policies and Procedures Manual; makes contracts and agreements with vendors, entertainers and others for usages of the Temple for fundraising events. Contact (to be established) for more information.
Project Support - Our mission has been to support other committees with marketing materials. To date we have regularly produced the temple calendar, temple directory, book of remembrance, donation thank you letters and emails, membership packages, temple brochure and other items as needed. Contact Ellen Moore for more information.
Ritual Committee - Manages the ritual holiday calendar, dinners and other special events to help the Temple Family celebrate various holidays together as one Family. Contact Marlene Honigstein for more information.
Shalom Newsletter - To gather information that is informative and interesting for publication and distribution to the members of the Temple. Contact Levana Madani for more information.
Social Action - Our purpose is to educate, and involve ourselves in the community in many different venues. Contact Sandy Solomon for more information.
Yom Hashoah - is dedicated to the annual observance of the holocaust. Contact Ed Zieglar for more information.
Contact information is available in the Membership Directory or on the Members Only Webpage.