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.   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 Melissa Baer, Tracy Ostroff, Jennifer Molinoff, and others who joined me in making this happen on short notice.  

Here are two programs the Membership Committee is bringing to you this month.  On Sunday, May 3, Dr. Jill Silverman returns to bring us a second program on stress, and how the COVID-10 pandemic affects us emotionally.  On a lighter note, Glen Roethel, who brought us joy last month, will be back on Saturday, May 9 with another live-streamed concert.     

AFTERNOON CHAT with Dr. Jill Silverman 
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Sunday, May 3, 3:00-4:00pm
Join us for a return session with psychologist Dr. Jill Silverman, who will provide insight into some of the emotional issues we are facing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.   Are you feeling isolated and lonely?   If you’re living with someone, do you have different ways of dealing with stress?  Are you struggling with loss? Are the days just drifting by?  These are all normal feelings in this situation.  Dr. Silverman will share insights based on her career’s work with people in crisis situations like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and leave time for interactive discussion.  
This will be a virtual discussion via Zoom.
The link will appear in the weekly e-newsletter on Friday and in the TBA Member Facebook Group.  For more information, contact memberservices@tba-ny.org 
LIVE-STREAMED CONCERT: Inspiring Songs and Sing-Alongs
SATURDAY, May 9 at 7:30pm
Back by popular demand,  Glen Roethel will be entertaining us with another live-streamed concert.  Glen will be presenting a program of uplifting and inspiring songs.  So kick back with a glass of wine, sing along, and chat with TBA members.  
  on your computer, tablet or Smart TV.  This will open the window where the concert with appear.   If you are logged onto any Google service (e.g., gmail), you can live-chat with members and send song requests.   Miss the concert? Want to hear it again?  Just click on the link above to listen to the recording.  Miss the concert? Want to hear it again?  Just click on the link above to listen to the recording.
This concert is free, but please feed the (hungry) online tip jar– https://bit.ly/3e63fB4
For more information, contact memberservices@tba-ny.org

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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