We invite your active involvement in our community — your participation will help further strengthen our congregation. Please volunteer for one or more of the following focus areas. Based on your interests, you will be contacted with more information.
Caring & Bereavement
Our Caring Committee is comprised of volunteers of all ages. We deliver gifts during holidays to those who are homebound and to families of members recently deceased during their time of mourning, as well as to Temple families with new babies.
Welcoming New Members
Welcoming the newcomer is something we pride ourselves in here at Temple Emanu-El. No one should be stranger here, and we would love help in planning events and serving as an “ambassador” to connect with our newest congregants.
Communications / Publicity
This committee is invaluable in strategic planning and generating Temple leadership messages to keep the congregation up-to-date. We also welcome contributors to our new Temple blog.
Community & Social Action
There are numerous opportunities for our Temple family to engage in mitzvot and social action projects throughout the year, thanks to our dedicated Tikkun Olam Committee.
Worship & Prayer
One of the gifts of being a Temple Emanu-El member is the gift of Shabbat. We offer the opportunity to assist our clergy lead Shabbat services in several ways – from chanting Torah to singing, you can be a part of this spiritual moment. Plus, you could serve as a Shabbat greeter to warmly welcome those joining us in worship. We also offer have two amazing Torah Study groups which meet weekly on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
Youth Education & Activities
Religious School volunteers help put together and set up classrooms for classes, organize holiday events such as Chanukah and Purim, and shop for items needed either weekly or monthly. And, if you’re interested in teaching – would love more help with our Religious School classes as well as with teaching or tutoring Hebrew. Our Discovery School would also love helpers with our special events, organizing and putting away materials, as well as going through materials for redistribution. We also will have plenty to do if you’d like to help us build our NFTY/teen programming.
We welcome participation on our Cemetery Care Committee of those who have an interest in seeing that our cemeteries at Elmwood, Northside, and Gadsden are maintained and cared for.
Onegs & Holiday Celebrations
Several times a year at our annual Break-the-Fast and Brotherhood Chanukah Lunch, and at other special receptions, our congregation enjoys wonderful home-baked creations put together or served up by our own members. We’d love your help if cooking is your passion or pleasure!
Fundraising and other social events
Every year, our Temple orchestrates amazing events – and is always looking for volunteers to help plan and create a fun evening for our congregation to socialize. There are always abundant committee options from baking, to decorations, gathering auction items and enlisting entertainment. Just let us know, and we’ll find the right spot for you!
Assisting in Office Work
The Administrative Support Team is always looking for helping hands to volunteer in the temple office. Sometimes, there is a mailing to prepare or a bulletin to produce. Other times, the staff can utilize assistance with answering phones and door, or if you have a particular skill like proof-reading, we have plenty for you to proof!
Brotherhood is a service auxiliary, including men from 21-101! There are many services and activities including bowling, golf, Happy Hours, Baseball Night, and a fabulous Chanukah Lunch/Raffle. This group also helps build the Sukkah, provides gifts to Bar/Bat students, ushers for High Holy Day services, serves meals at the Women’s Seder, and lots of interfaith work. There’s something for everyone!
Our Sisterhood auxiliary is also active in all aspects of Temple life — providing funds for our youth programs and congregational onegs, hosting programs that provide opportunities for socializing, study and meeting new people, and outreach to our college students. We can’t do all these wonderful things without your participation.
For more information, contact our Director of Engagement, Monika Singletary at
(205) 933-8037, ext. 213 or [email protected]