Membership Committee

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

The COVID-19 epidemic has disrupted our social and work patterns, isolating us from friends and family.   Our clergy and staff had done an amazing job of pivoting to a virtual community, through ZOOM classes and meetings and livestreamed services.  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.   

TBA Connects is a network of over 40 volunteers who are reaching 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. 

Here are two programs the Membership Committee is bringing to you this month.  We look forward to seeing  you online:

LIVE-STREAMED CONCERT
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 at 7:30pm
Pour a glass of wine and join us online for a virtual house party with Glen Roethel, the amazing performer who entertained us at Cafe TBA. Glen will be presenting a program of Rock and Folk music by Jewish artists, including Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, and so many more!!
This concert is free, but please feed the online tip jar.
For more information, contact memberservices@tba-ny.org

FIRESIDE CHAT
J Silverman
SUNDAY, APRIL 12 at 1:00pm
TBA congregant Dr. Jill Silverman will share insights into how catastrophes affect us emotionally, the different ways people express stress, and what we can do to help ourselves and others in these times.  Jill has helped individuals and support providers during many disasters, including  9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and has a psychotherapy practice in this area.   
This will be a virtual discussion via Zoom.
Watch for the link to attend.

More about the Membership Committee:

Our goal is to create a warm feeling of inclusion and joy, where we are all comfortable being ourselves, together.   We reach out to potential members at community events, such as the Westchester Jewish Festival and the Irvington Farmers’ Market, and welcome you to Friday night (Reform) and Saturday morning (Conservative) Shabbat services, festivals, and celebrations for Simchat Torah, Chanukah, and Purim.

We focus on building connections between Temple Beth Abraham members.  Our recent New Member Welcoming Party was a wonderful experience, with wine, appetizers and silly games to help people get to know each other.  The Joyous Chanukah party connected members with live music from the Sweet Vermouths, free craft projects for kids, and a fabulous raffle.  We enjoyed the latkes donated by Epsteins of Hartsdale and by Trader Joes, and enjoyed the gourmet latke cooking demo by John of The Blue Olive.   On February 29th, our celebration will focus on members in their ’50s and ’60s,  whether you are “empty nesters,” have no kids, or your kids have returned to the nest.  Sign up below!  Looking forward, we will be working with the Cantor to bring a special musical Shabbat honoring our Chai Plus members, who have been with TBA for over 18 years.

There are lots of opportunities to socialize and learn together.  For example,  our Chavurah program  brings together small groups of congregants and we will launch the summer with a celebration picnic for the whole congregation.

The chair of the Member Services Committee is Bernice Rogowitz.

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

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