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Adult Education Committee

About the Committee

From the Bylaws:

The Adult Education Committee shall develop and offer, in consultation with the Rabbi and other committees as necessary, opportunities for lifelong learning by providing educational and related cultural activities.


Building Committee

About the Committee

Projects


About the Committee

Does this sound like you? You appreciate good hand tools. You are not afraid of climbing a ladder. You can deal with contractors. You have a sense of the aesthetic. You consider yourself a handyman/woman. You enjoy the satisfaction of getting a nagging problem fixed. You consider browsing at Lowe's or Home Depot time well spent.

The KI Building Committee is responsible for the upkeep of the physical structure and grounds of our synagogue. There are numerous one-time and on-going projects that could use your help. Please contact the committee chair if you are interested in joining us as we work to maintain This Old House (of worship).


Projects

Current:

  • Raking and seeding grass in the area where we had excavating done.
  • Building custom shelving for the kitchen storage room.
  • Fluorescent light fixture ballast replacement.
  • Replace discolored and damaged ceiling tiles.
  • In the winter we maintain the boiler water chemistry.
  • We respond to the building security alarm if it goes off.

Recent accomplishments:

  • Replaced kitchen sink faucet.
  • New signs for the Forest Road front yard and the Aurelius Road parking lot entry way.
  • Re-striped parking lot lines.
  • Solved the rainwater backup problem.

Future:

  • Cleanup of basement storage area.
  • Aluminum roofing re-coating.
  • Repainting the sanctuary walls.
  • Replacing the sanctuary carpeting.
  • Replacing exterior high-pressure sodium light bulbs.
  • Running an electrical line and conduit down a wall in the social hall.
  • Replacing sink faucets in the "boys" room.

Fund Development Committee

About the Committee

Projects


About the Committee

The Fund Development Committee has been considering ways to raise the funds needed to continue the current KI programs. We feel that we are at an important point in KI's development. Decisions we make as individuals and as a congregation in the next few months will determine what KI will look like in future years.


Projects

Ensuring the KI Legacy

For over 33 years now, our KI family has nourished and sustained our community through our deep dedication to a high-quality, egalitarian Jewish education, religious, and social experience. However, there are some important issues that we, as a congregation, need to address now. As we look ahead to future years, we must increase the amount of funds raised so that we can continue to have the variety of programs and services that we have come to appreciate.

Our Fund Development Committee has spent hours considering how to present this information to all of you. The challenges before us include ensuring that we can meet our immediate needs as well as our long-term viability. The questions we pose are:

  • What our are immediate needs and are we meeting them?
  • Do our programs meet the needs of our newer and younger members, as well as our more established ones?
  • What is the long range vision for KI and how can we ensure it?

We believe that we are doing well. Our membership is growing. Our school is providing quality education for our children and their parents. We offer a variety of ritual, spiritual and educational experiences for the diverse population that makes up KI.

Through his interactive presence, our rabbi, Michael Zimmerman, has strengthened participation and galvanized programming. However, his current contract ends in September 2006. Thus, we need to consider his future with us now and both his and our desire to renew his contract at full time, rather than three-quarter time (almost assuredly a necessity if he is to remain our rabbi).

As they have been developing the budget for future years, the Executive Board has estimated that to maintain the building, the school, and current services and programs AND to have a full-time rabbi, we need to generate $240,000 in revenue a year by the year 2006-7. This amounts to an average pledge of about $2000 per year. This means an increase of $60,000 a year above current pledges (which include the Special Rabbi Contributions, or $90,000 more than our current regular pledge amount).

Making a commitment to these goals means that each and every one of us must dedicate ourselves mentally, emotionally, and financially to make it happen. In sum, how much do we really each cherish the future of the KI family and the KI experience? And to the extent that our answers are "a lot," are we willing to stand behind our answers with the necessary resources and go forward together as a viable KI community, thereby Ensuring the Legacy?

The Fund Development Committee has already spoken to some of you and will be calling upon other members and friends of KI to discuss your needs and our future. We look forward to these conversations and we ask that you help us achieve our community?s goal of sustaining our programs and keeping our Rabbi. By necessity, we are on a fast track time line and we need to have our future financial plan in place by this July.


Finance Committee

About the Committee

From the Bylaws:

Composition and Term of Service
The Finance Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President for Finance and shall be composed of additional members appointed by the Vice President for Finance with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors. Members of the Committee shall serve terms concurrent with the term of the Vice President for Finance.

Duties
The Finance Committee shall annually review and approve, for submission to the Board of Directors, a congregational budget. It shall investigate prudent investment opportunities and, with the approval of the Board of Directors, supervise the investment of any surplus funds by the Vice President for Finance so as to enhance and protect such funds. It shall oversee the Congregation’s financial condition and make such short- and long-term recommendations to the Board of Directors as it may deem necessary or desirable. It shall perform such other duties as may be assigned or delegated by the Board of Directors.


Membership Committee

About the Committee

Projects


About the Committee

Kehillat Israel's Membership Committee is crucial to the creation and development of a meaningful community. The committee is responsible for the recruitment, integration, and retention of members. The committee is composed of individuals representing various constituencies within the KI community who can connect with and follow up with prospective and current members.

Projects

Recruitment: Seeking out and connecting with unaffiliated members of the community

Ensure that the congregation has visible and welcoming presence in the community through flyers, secular and Jewish press, as well as the website.

Ensure that the congregation's membership packet, forms and website contain language that is sensitive to a broad cross section of members and family units.

Ensure that literature about the congregation is displayed for easy pick-up.

Personally invite non-members to attend services and programs and ask others to invite non-members, as well.

Follow up with unaffiliated individuals who contact or visit KI.

Organize events to connect prospective members with current members and/or to key individuals or groups in the synagogue.

Work with interested new members to complete the requisite paperwork and pledge forms.

Work with the School Board and preschool teachers to connect with unaffiliated preschool families and encourage them to join KI.

Involve the entire membership in the creation of a welcoming, friendly atmosphere so that visitors and members have a positive experience. Each member of the congregation is a "congregational ambassador" to the public and to other members and has a responsibility to reach out to the not-yet-affiliated and the already-affiliated to ensure that their interactions with the congregation are positive.

Integration: Making new members feel that they are a part of synagogue life

Talk with new members about their interests regarding involvement.

Communicate with other committee chairs about the interests of new members.

Introduce new members to other new members and to current members via more formal (e.g., buddy system) and informal (e.g., Shabbat dinners) ways.

Periodically follow up with new members throughout their first year of membership to see how things are going.

Involve the entire membership in the creation of a welcoming, friendly atmosphere so that new members feel known, comfortable, needed, and wanted.

Retention: Ensuring that members get the most out of their membership and remain active in the synagogue community

Be aware of the stages-of-life changes that individual members experience, and program appropriately.

Survey or talk with members about their needs, interests, and skills sets.

Communicate members' needs, interests, and skills to the appropriate staff, committee chairs, and congregational leaders. For example, if it becomes clear during periodic phone calls to members that a large group of people are interested in more social action programming, the Membership Committee should inform the Tikkun Olam Committee.

Work with other committee chairs to align programming to meet the needs of various constituency groups.

Contact members periodically to inquire about how things are going, and be prepared to follow up.

Conduct exit polls of members who resign from the congregation in order to learn how to avoid future resignations.


Ritual Committee

About the Committee

From the Bylaws:

The Ritual Committee, chaired by the Vice President for Religious Affairs, shall be responsible for general policies and procedures pertaining to the conduct of religious services and synagogue practices, and for the maintenance of all religious articles and symbols in the possession of the Congregation. The Rabbi or other Jewish Professional who provides religious leadership shall be an ex-officio member, with vote, of the Ritual Committee.

Committee activities may be found on this page: Services and Ritual Life


School Committee

About the Committee

From the Bylaws:

  1. The School Committee shall, with the advice of the Rabbi, establish and supervise the educational program of the religious school through high school. It shall set educational goals, direction, and policy for the religious school. It shall establish, in consultation with the Rabbi, the academic requirements for b’nai mitzvah; shall establish curricula, class schedules, and periods of instruction; and shall cause scholastic materials and other supplies to be purchased.
  2. The School Committee shall:
    1. recommend to the Board of Directors the hiring of an Education Director who shall have the responsibility for the general management and direction of the school, including the supervision of teachers and other personnel;
    2. recommend to the Board of Directors the hiring and dismissal of other school personnel;
    3. advise the Education Director in matters of school objectives and direction;
    4. provide a forum for parent issues;
    5. develop and implement age-appropriate social and religious events for the Congregation’s youth;
    6. review school policies and recommend policy changes to the Education Director;
    7. promote communication with all parents and members of the Congregation;
    8. submit annually to the Board of Directors a budget for the operation of the school. The budget shall contain, minimally, a school personnel salary and student tuition structure.

See the School page for details.


Social-Cultural Committee

About the Committee

Projects


About the Committee

From the Bylaws:

The Social and Cultural Committee shall initiate social events and events of cultural interest for the benefit of current and prospective members and the community at large. The Social and Cultural Committee shall also have primary responsibility for coordinating food and refreshments, where appropriate, for programs and events organized by other committees.


Projects

Current activities include arranging and providing publicity for Jewish cultural events offered in and around the Lansing area; working with the community, Shaarey Zedek, Hillel and the Greater Lansing Jewish Federation to encourage community-wide social functions; creating warm and welcoming social activities for the Jewish holidays; providing food for programs hosted by other committees; and assisting the Rabbi in the execution of programs that he wishes to bring to the community. In fulfilling its responsibilities the Committee works closely with all of the other KI committees. We are actively seeking volunteers to assist our current committee members.

Please contact the Committee chair if you are interested in helping.


Tikkun Olam Committee

About the Committee

From the Bylaws:

The Tikkun Olam Committee shall be responsible for all matters pertaining to the identification and carrying out of appropriate opportunities to help repair the world through social action and acts of tzedakah (charity), and shall develop educational programs to stimulate congregational interest in and sensitivity to social issues and their congruence with principles of Jewish practice.

See the Tikkun Olam page for current projects.



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