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Would you like to become more involved in our Temple Beth Shalom community? Our temple has many volunteer opportunities for its members!

If you have a few hours once in a while, lots of hours on many days, a skill set you’ve been wanting to use, a passion for a specific type of work, or a desire to connect and build relationships with other congregants, check out our volunteer postings below. Your gift of time allows our temple community to realize its mission and vision.

Don't see quite what you are looking for? Contact us and we will help match you to a volunteer opportunity that's right for you.

Are you leading a project or group at Temple Beth Shalom that could use volunteer help? Please let us know and we will post your opportunity on this page.

You can reach us at 512-735-8900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Schedule and Location:

Information & Training Session on Sunday, Feb. 4, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom Room 204. Mentoring B'nai Mitzvah candidates can vary in time commitment and location. Mentoring usually requires 5-7 meetings which average an hour in length.  

Job duties:

At Temple Beth Shalom, we believe that it is important for our B’nai Mitzvah candidates to truly study their parsha rather than just sit down and create a teaching (D’var Torah) based on their assigned Torah portion. We give each candidate the tools to complete their studies and you will be a trained adult to help guide them through the process. You will work with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidate as they grapple with the meaning of their parsha and begin to put their thoughts into a teaching (D’var Torah).  Hebrew competency is NOT required!

Age requirement: 13 years or older (post-B'Nai Mitzvah, with approval of Kelly Finkel)

Other requirements: The desire to engage in Torah study and guide the development of a d’var Torah. Hebrew competency not required.

What you get out of this opportunity:

  • Sharing your love of Judaism and Torah with the younger generation of Jews
  • Seeing the Torah with a different lens – the Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s
  • Building a relationship with another family at the temple

Contact: Kelly Finkel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Schedule shift: Friday evenings, special holidays and congregational social events, and whenever you want to check in with your mentee!

Location: Temple Beth Shalom, coffee shops, the comfort of your own home

Job duties:

  • Mentor one of our conversion students by meeting them at services, or inviting them to a special temple event or Shabbat dinner at your home
  • Call your mentee once or twice a month to see if they have any questions about upcoming events/holidays
  • Teach your mentee why being Jewish is amazing! Translate strange Yiddish words they may hear in temple, teach your mentee how to make matzah ball soup, or explain where Jewish guilt comes from.:)

Age requirement: 18 years or older

Special requirements: A love of Judaism and Temple Beth Shalom is the only requirement! If you converted and you know what it’s like to experience the conversion class at Temple Beth Shalom, that is a bonus but not necessary to be a mentor.

Why this opportunity matters: Do you remember how it felt to walk into your first event or service at Temple Beth Shalom? Were you excited but also worried about not knowing anyone, or not being able to read Hebrew? Our conversion students want to become a part of our community, but they would appreciate a mentor to help them take that first step.

Contact: Rabbi Cohen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Schedule shift: Sundays, 8:45 AM-9:30 AM and 11:20 AM-11:40 AM

Location: ECP Lobby and Temple Beth Shalom Lobby

Job duties:

·        Greet families with a friendly “hello” as they arrive.

·        Direct families to classrooms if needed.

Age requirement: 15 years or older

Why this opportunity matters: Everyone needs a welcoming face on Sunday mornings when they come in for school because it ensures that families feel like they are expected and we are excited to see them. It also gives our greeters the chance to get to know our religious school families.  

Contact: Jordan Magidson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Schedule shift: Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Sign up for a service that works with your calendar.

Location: Temple Beth Shalom Lobby

Job duties:

  • Greet congregants with a friendly “hello” as they arrive.
  • Encourage everyone to wear a name badge.
  • Assist guests with finding prayer books, the restroom, and guest name badges.
  • Hand out Daf T’Fillah as congregants enter the sanctuary.
  • On Saturday mornings, check in with staff point person Kelly Finkel for details about greeting during a B’Nai Mitzvah experience.

Age requirement: All ages welcome! Volunteer with your family members or friends.

Why this opportunity matters:  Attending services is a meaningful way to engage with community together Jewishly. Feeling at home and welcome is the best way to ensure that everyone has a powerful Shabbat experience at Temple Beth Shalom. Greeters can meet new people while reconnecting with old friends.

Contact: Temple office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Scheduled shift: Friday, Jan. 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Location: Temple Beth Shalom social hall and kitchen

Job duties: Help with dinner set up, serving, and cleanup

Special requirements: none

Why this opportunity matters: Running after our 4th and 5th graders is a lot of fun, and also a lot of work! We need someone to help us out at meal time and with the after-effects of meal time.

Contact: Blossom Cohon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Scheduled Shift: Wednesday, Jan. 31. This task will take about two hours and time can be negotiated.

Location: Sanctuary bimah

Job duties:

  • Help move the risers from the storage closet to the bimah
  • Partner with JC Dahlberg to set up the risers for the Shabbat Shir Shalom rehearsal (Bonus: You get to chit chat with JC and learn what an interesting and smart guy he is!)

Age requirement: 18 years or older

Why this opportunity matters: Shabbat Shir Shalom is a Temple Beth Shalom worship service on Feb. 9, 2018, that is almost entirely musical and is led by our members with voices and instruments. By volunteering for this job, you are making it possible for our musical guests to have the very best space to be seen and heard.

Contact: Patti Bridwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Scheduled shift: Friday, Feb. 2, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Location: Temple Beth Shalom social hall and kitchen

Job duties: Help with dinner set up, serving, and cleanup

Special requirements: none

Why this opportunity matters: Our 6th and 7th graders keep us on our toes! We need someone to help us out at meal time and with the after-effects of meal time.

Contact: Blossom Cohon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Scheduled Shift: Sunday, Feb. 11. This task will take about two hours and time can be negotiated.

Location: Sanctuary bimah

Job duties:

  • Partner with JC to disassemble the risers used for the Shabbat Shir Shalom rehearsal (Bonus: You get to chit chat with JC and learn what an interesting and smart guy he is!)
  • Help move the risers back to the storage closet

Age requirement: 18 years or older

Why this opportunity matters: The risers have served their purpose by allowing our musical congregants a space to showcase their talents. Now that Shabbat Shir Shalom is over, it would be silly to keep them on the bimah. You are helping to restore our space back to its simple beauty.

Contact: Patti Bridwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

Schedule shift: Saturday, March 24, from 2:00-5:30 p.m.

Location: Temple Beth Shalom Social Hall

Job duties:

  • Assist volunteers and staff with the Seder Plate and decorations setup for Tot Seder.
  • Greet members with a friendly “hello” as they arrive.
  • Direct members to wear a name tag.
  • Assist volunteers and staff with cleanup after the program.

 Age requirement: 13 years or older

Why this opportunity matters:   When everyone meets a welcoming face as they enter the Tot Seder, it ensures that folks feel like they belong and can have a good time at the festivities. It also connects to our mission of being a warm and welcoming congregation.

Contact: Jennifer Braham, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.