A Message from our President: Please Join a Committee (or two)!

Jul 24, 2020 | Announcements, Blog

Engagement and Community—those are key reasons many join a synagogue. And throughout our history, we have learned how to not just survive, but flourish in a host of environments.
Many of us are feeling isolated these days and are trying to balance remaining safe and healthy with the desire to GET OUT AND SOCIALIZE!
One thing the pandemic has taught us is that connecting virtually has some advantages – no time spent traveling, meetings are often shorter, breakout groups can be really efficient, and everyone has a “good seat.” Every voice can be heard.
So let’s take advantage of the pandemic for positive interaction, virtually. Let’s engage MORE, easily, and from home. Meet new people, renew old friendships, allow IHC to become even more “your community.”
One great way to both engage and help build our community is to join an IHC committee. It is an opportunity to both feel more connected and to improve our congregation. IHC wants you!
Here are our key committees that need your help. Several are established, several are new. It is my hope that each new committee will reflect on its purpose and set goals they would like to accomplish and get to work!  You can link directly to the committee contact from this list and let them know you are willing to participate!
Adamah (Earth) Committee
Works to reduce energy consumption and waste, food waste prevention, recycling and composting, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), food health, and wellness.
Advancement / Development
Contact Mitch Katz
Works to provide financial stability through strategic planning and fundraising utilizing best philanthropic practices.
Building/Grounds/Interior (House Committee)
Contact Barb Levy
Recommends upkeep and maintenance of the building, grounds, infrastructure etc. as well as recommendations for the interior spaces of the building.
Caring Community
Works with Clergy team to support congregants in times of illness and in acute or chronic need, as well as in times of joy.
Cemetery
Contact Carolyn Hiser
Responsible for recommendations regarding the policies, ongoing issues and maintenance of the IHC cemeteries.
Communications
Contact Sonja Kantor
Advises staff and board on relevant communications that reflect the Synagogue’s values, mission, and objectives.
Engagement & Membership THIS IS HUGE! PLEASE JOIN! 
A new committee creating activities and developing methods to engage our members.
Information Technology PLEASE—if you have IT expertise, we need you! 
A new committee to advise on best practices to utilize and stay current with technology.
Ritual Life/Religious Culture
Works closely with our Clergy team to enhance and promote congregational involvement and engagement through our spiritual and cultural experiences.
Brit Olam Social Justice
Contact Andy Arenson
Dedicated to projects and actions related to social justice.
If I have missed a need or an issue important to you, please let me know.
Our congregation is stronger when we all work together! Please help us make IHC the best we can be!
With Gratitude,

 

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1 Comment

  1. Roberta Schweitzer

    Hi Eloise,
    For a few years I have offered to lead tours at IHC for visitors, school groups, other faith community groups. I was given an extensive handout by Carolyn Hiser a couple of years ago but have never been called upon. Apparently there is only a very select group who has been involved.
    I am very qualified to do this and had been exited to volunteer my time, but am sad to say I have never been asked.
    Since I would still love to do this (and other programs) I have scheduled an appt. with R. Roxanne to share some creative ideas for this & other possible programs through Adult Education.
    I have been a university professor, received extensive training as a Rabbinic aid, and also have years of Interpreter experience at Conner Prairie, just to mentioned a few of my “hands on” qualifications.
    I hope we can talk more about this in the future.
    Thanks for listening.
    Roberta

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