Temple Avodah, Oceanside NY

However you define your family,
we welcome you to ours

Temple Committees

The Committees of Temple Avodah

As you can see, there are a variety of Committees that help our Temple function. Committee members and Committee Chairs are all volunteers who work together to keep Temple Avodah a dynamic and productive place. Most Committees meet on average of once a month and require just a few hours of your time.

If you are interested in joining any of the Committees or sub-Committees listed — or even if you just want to attend a meeting and see what it is all about — please email or contact the Temple office at 516.766.6809 and leave a message for the Committee Chairperson. The Chairperson(s) are listed below. Meetings of Committees are also located on our Temple Website Calendar for your convenience.

This is your Temple, and we welcome your participation, your ideas, your enthusiasm and your assistance!

Beautification /Landscaping Committees

The Beautification Committee is dedicated to keeping Temple Avodah beautiful, inside and out, and maintaining the charm and personality of our Temple. All aspects of renovation, colors, textures and changes, together with costs and benefits, are reviewed by committee members to ensure the perfection to our Temple.

The Landscape Committee is a division of the Beautification Committee dedicated to the care of the Temple landscape. Our job is to maintain and enhance our gardens. We raise funds through contributions and very early each spring and (money permitting) each autumn, our committee meets to discuss how we can best use the collected monies to beautify our gardens. A professional landscaper then meets with us to make our plans “take root”.

We also meet periodically for weeding and general garden cleanup events. Our Temple Youth sometimes joins us for these activities.

We always welcome new people with new ideas and new energies. Please join us!

Budget and Finance Committee

This committee meets several times before the end of our fiscal year (July) to discuss and recommend the Temple Budget.

Building and Grounds Committee

This committee literally helps keep our roof over our head, our cars from hitting potholes, and so much more. Pardon the pun, but it is the foundation of our Temple building.

Caring Committee

The Temple Avodah Caring Committee is involved in helping members of the Temple during times of need. Our purpose is to provide assistance if you need a ride to the doctor, or if you wish visitors when you are ill at home or in the hospital, and to aid you in case of a death in the family. We send cards when we know someone is not well and offer assistance when we can.

We ask that you let our Committee know by contacting the office, or of course let Rabbi Goren know if we can be of any help.

We are constantly looking for new ideas and encourage your input and participation.

Catering Committee

This is a small committee that helps to determine Temple menus for our celebrations. After all, Jews love to eat!

Contact the Temple Office to speak with someone about this Committee.

Cemetery Committee

Temple Avodah offers cemetery plots located in eastern Suffolk County at extremely reasonable prices for our Members.

Donations and Cards Committee (Simcha / Memorial Committee) (All Fund Donations)

Making a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one is a great way to show that you care. For example, donations may be made to congratulate a family on the birth of a child or grandchild, celebration of an event (anniversary, birthday, party, etc), in honor of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, to wish someone a speedy recovery, or in loving memory of a someone who passed away. Any event where you might send a card or gift or basket or flowers, you can make a donation to Temple Avodah in their honor, memory or name, and then the family receives a card sent by Temple about the donation (without the dollar amount). The donation (without dollar amount), if you desire, is also listed in the monthly Temple Topics Newsletter. It is a way to donate to Temple Avodah and honor a friend or family member at the same time.,

Making a donation is simple. You can do so easily online on the Temple Website by clicking here. You may also call the Temple office at 766-6809 x101 and speak with Rochelle.  Cards will be sent to the person or families named.

There are many Funds to choose from to donate to.
For information about Temple Donations and Funds, click here.

We need you!
You can join a Committee or just help on one Temple Project.
Contact the Temple Office for more information.

Family Fun Committee

Okay…. This committee doesn’t yet have an official name, but we think it is important to have a committee devoted to fun, friendship, and togetherness. Our committee is still a work in progress. We want our Temple Avodah families to get to know each other, whether it is to just hang out, share ideas and situations, or to plan a parent and child-friendly event. To do that, we need your help. Give us a shout by calling our Temple Office. Any input is greatly appreciated.

Fundraising Committee

The Temple Avodah Fundraising Committee helps develop and implement ideas for fundraising. Raising funds helps our temple grow. We have fun while brainstorming, planning and hosting many exciting events which bring Temple members together. Our events include annual events such as our annual Purim raffle that features great prizes such as TVs, entertainment systems, trips and tickets to Broadway shows. We have also hosted successful art auctions, dinner cruises, film festivals, theatre trips, sporting event trips, musical cabaret nights, innovative shows such as a mentalist performer, defensive driving classes and so much more.

We are always looking for members with innovative ideas, energy and enthusiasm to join our team. Please call the Temple Office and leave a message for a Fundraising Chairpersons.

Historical and Archive Committee

Our longtime member and former President, Ed Fried, keeps the history of Temple Avodah alive. Ask to speak with him if you want to learn more about our past. You can read about our Temple History by clicking here.

Insurance Committee

This committee is responsible to research and recommend insurance coverage for the Temple building and personnel.

Interfaith Committee

With over 60 interfaith families, Temple Avodah stands out as a congregation of inclusion, warmth, and a true desire to have every member participate.

Our interfaith committee exists to assist you in any way we can. It is important that both Jewish and non-Jewish members feel comfortable in our house of worship and we are happy to provide thoughts, guidance, advice, answers, or just someone to talk with.

Whether you are a current member or a family considering membership in Temple Avodah, please reach out to us through the Tempe office. We will set a time to speak with you, answer any question you might have, meet you at services and introduce you to other interfaith families.

If you are an Interfaith Temple member and would like to assist on this Committee, we are always looking for new ideas and enhancements of our current programming. Please contact the Temple office and leave a message for the Interfaith Committee.

Legal Committee

Even a Temple needs lawyers. This committee drafts and reviews contracts, analyzes and helps amend our Constitution and By-Laws, and tries to prevent potential situations of liability.


Temple Avodah has an Adult Library,
Children’s Library and
PJ Library for children under 8.

Library (Adult) – Alan M. Katz Library Committee

Bob Epstein is our resident librarian. Temple Avodah is home to books relating to all aspects of Judiasm, including culture, history and Talmudic topics. You may read more about our Temple Library by clicking here.

Library (Children’s) Amanda Rose Kanowitz Children’s Library and PJ Library Committee

The Amanda Rose Kanowitz Children’s Library Committee maintains the children’s book collection at Temple Avodah. There is a vast collection of all types of books for all ages available to the children of of our Temple and their families.

PJ Library is a special program for children ages 6 months to 8 years sponsored by the Amanda Rose Kanowitz Children’s Library Fund. Through high quality children’s books and music, PJ Library provides a framework through which parents can introduce their children to Jewish traditions, values and customs. The PJ committee plans programs to develop marketing strategies to spread the word about PJ, to reach out to new families and to strengthen relationships with existing families.

We welcome members to our committee to help catalog new books and plan future programs.

Click here to learn more about the Children’s Library and PJ Library.

Life Long Learning Committee

The lifelong learning committee arranges an exciting mix of classes, events and workshops that are designed to spark lively conversation. Although topics usually include aspects of Judaism, we like to incorporate issues of everyday life, and humor.

Marketing Committee

Temple Avodah dares to be different. We encourage creativity when we create content used for advertising and public relations. We also reach out to the Community including social media, print media and other innovative ways to publicize our events. No experience required. Just bring your imagination and enthusiasm. We’d love to have you join our team! Contact the Temple Office and leave a message for Tom Wieder to call you about becoming a part of the Marketing Committee.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee works to inform prospective, new members and current members about the many wonderful, fun-filled events held at Temple Avodah throughout the year. We work closely with all of the Temple’s committees, the Temple’s arms, Religious School, Rabbi, and Cantorial Soloist, to spread the word about the very best that Temple Avodah has to offer to the community. We are always interested in suggestions and comments, to improve our Temple home. We welcome you to come to our committee meetings, which meet once monthly. Membership Committee meetings are listed on our Temple Website Calendar. Please contact the Temple office if you would like to share an idea, or if you would like to come to a meeting and see what we are all about.

Look through the list of Committees and
find one that interests you.
Then, call the Temple Office to put you in
contact with a Committee Chair or
That’s all it takes!

Music Committee / Adult Choir Committee

Many of our Services are enhanced by music, which includes instruments and vocal talents of our Temple members. Our musical talent and the choir coordinate with Jessica, our Cantorial Soloist, to arrange an array of special musical events during Religious Services or for special concerts.

The Music Committee focuses on ways to bring innovative, exciting and special musical accompaniment to enhance the spirit of our Services and special events.

The Choir Committee organizes and arranges the Adult Choir music for our Services.

Office Management Committee

The office is always looking for a few good men and women to volunteer. We spend hours helping with phones, mailings, and computer related, “stuff”.

Religious School and Bat/Bat Mitzvah Committee

The goal of the Religious School and Bar/Bar Mitzvah Committee is to ensure an adequate foundation in the formal Jewish education of the youth of our Temple including the preparations needed for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and ultimately their graduation from our Hebrew High School program Kesher Kef at the end of 12th grade. Our dedicated committee members work closely with the Rabbi, Cantorial Soloist, Education Director and Religious school staff to establish goals, guidelines, and policies, to maintain our reputation as one of the best Religious Schools on Long Island from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Religious Services Committee and High Holidays Committee

Religious Services is the Committee that plans our Erev Shabbat and Holiday Services at Temple Avodah. Known for the special “theme” Shabbats and creative Purim and Channukah Services, we welcome your input to keep Temple Avodah spiritual and lively. We meet monthly and welcome Temple Members to attend and bring their ideas and enthusiasm.

The High Holidays Committee is a sub-Committee that focuses attention on the High Holiday Services.

Security Committee

This committee becomes more important yearly, due to Global issues involving security, especially within the Jewish Community. Temple Avodah wants to keep our members safe. We coordinate with local Police and keep abreast of security concerns.

Social Action Committee

Social Action The foundation of Judaism consists of three principles: Torah (study), Avodah (prayer), and G’milut chasadim (righteousness). These three pillars are intertwined. Social justice and social action grow out of and lead to study and prayer.

Social action may take a variety of forms: Serving the less fortunate in our community; Contributing resources to a worldwide, national or local relief effort; Advocating for causes which reflect our Jewish tradition, by contacting local or national legislative leaders; Educating our congregation about current issues and events that call for us to respond based on our tenets of Judaism.

We have joined with other local congregations and the Interfaith Council in a project called Family Promise, where we help host homeless families one week at a time. Volunteers are always welcome, and Temple Avodah helps one day of each hosting week. The Family Promise information can be found at www.familypromise.org and more information on this specific project can be obtained by contacting our Temple Office and leaving a message for this social action committee.

Temple Avodah’s involvement in social action includes: Holding an annual Mitzvah Day, when our congregants participate in many activities aimed at helping people in our community; Sending a group of congregants who volunteer their time to work at a local hospital on Christmas Day; Providing congregants to assist at a local soup kitchen on a weekly basis; Sponsoring community blood drives; Collecting food at Passover and Yom Kippur for distribution to local food banks; Donating money that is collected in our sanctuary Tzedakah box to local families in need and to human resource organizations that serve the community; Participating in the Oceanside Interfaith Council, an organization that promotes communication and joint community projects, such as preparing and serving Thanksgiving lunch to over 400 people in our area who are less fortunate and in need of company; Informing congregants about current public policy issues which are concerns of the Reform Jewish community.

A sub-Committee of Social Action Committee is T.A.C.T. which stands for the Temple Avodah Collaborative Team. We meet with other local organizations, including different Religious sects, to jointly help our community.

The Social Action Committee encourages participation from the entire congregation in all of our activities. We welcome suggestions and ideas that would enhance our Temple’s mission to fulfill the mitzvot of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and k’hilat tzedek (creating a community of justice). Our committee is always seeking new members as well.

Click here to learn more about Temple Avodah’s Social Action by visiting our webpage.

Our Temple is run by
volunteers who make things
happen. Join us and make
things happen!

TANG Committee (Temple Avodah Networking Group Committee)

TANG is a business networking group that is exclusively for Temple Avodah members. We meet monthly generally on the first Sunday of each month at 9:30 am at Temple Avodah (9:15 am for bagels and coffee). Networking is an outstanding and simple way to build your business. We discuss the benefits of networking, marketing ideas and strategies, and we get to know more about each other and what our businesses and practices do. We discuss what types of clients and introductions would help our businesses. There is an educational portion of the meeting on an aspect of networking that benefits all group members. There is no cost to attend however this networking event is ONLY for Temple Members in good standing.

The TANG Committee arranges and coordinates each TANG monthly event, handles attendance and responses, and helps publicize TANG to Temple Members. Events are planned for our Temple Members and for the Community at Large to educate and inform about the varied topics and business areas that TANG members have knowledge in.

You may contact the TANG committee or RSVP for a TANG meeting by sending an email to TANGavodah@gmail.com.

Temple Topics (Temple Avodah Newsletter)

Temple Topics is the monthly Temple Avodah newsletter and is published virtually and is available on our website at the beginning of each month. Along with the Temple Bulletin Board, which contains flyers, it these publications provide information about the latest Temple happenings together with columns, articles and other Temple information. Click here to view Temple Topics.

We are always looking for people to assist with the production of Temple Topics. If you like to write, take photos, edit or proofread, why not get involved with Temple Topics? Contact Rob Keilson for more information.

Website Committee

Temple Avodah has a active website that is updated daily. We strive to be the source for the latest and greatest news about Temple Avodah. New and updated content is always needed. New ideas are always welcomed. New energy is vital to our continued successes.

Maybe you like to write, design or edit? If you just proof-read this page, you are one of the people we are looking for!! Or you are interested in learning web design, want to help create and maintain new web pages and join our dynamic Pagemaster team, please contact our Webmaster. Many Temple members are part of our team, watching over a single or multiple pages. The time committment is what you want it to be, and you can help from the comfort of your own home. It’s fun. Really! We promise.