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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:

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:

Total time commitment for this job is between 10-30 hours. Scheduling is flexible.

Job duties:

  • Sort through books and games to keep only current materials
  • Create a list of books contained in the library and a manageable system for finding them
  • Organize and re-shelve all current books and games in the library according to the system

Age requirement: 12 years or older

Other requirements: None.

What you get out of this opportunity:

This work is perfect to fulfill community service hours or to get an inside look at the wealth of Jewish literature, liturgy, and scholarly works that Temple Beth Shalom has to offer.

Contact: Marissa Wright 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: Varies; as needed.

Location: Varies

Job duties: The purpose of a Hineinu volunteer is to provide consolation, comfort, and friendship to our members who have lost a loved one. Many congregants are new to Austin and may not have much of a support group in times of sorrow. Hineinu volunteers try to be a part of their support group by pairing with the bereaved person. This is done initially with a phone call, and if the bereaved desires, perhaps meeting for coffee to talk about their loved one. Although not everyone we contact needs this support, the offer is always appreciated. We also send reminder cards for the end of the initial 30 days of mourning and the loved one's yahrzeit.

Age requirement: 18 years or older

Special requirements: None.

Why this opportunity matters: The Hebrew word "hineinu" means "here I am." It is seen in Exodus 3:4 when G_d appears to Moses as a burning bush and calls to him. Moses responds by saying, "Here I am." One of our core values in our congregation is being here to support one another for all of life's ups and downs. Learn more about Hineinu.

Contact: Sheldon Markowitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 512-626-0653.