Committees and Groups

Women of TBA

WTBA is a dynamic group of women working together to support Jewish education, our synagogue community, and each other. Through accessible, inspiring, fun, and diverse programming, we enrich our lives, build friendships, practice mitzvot, and improve our congregation and our community. !

Men’s Club

The TBA Men’s Club endeavors to enrich the experience and quality of Jewish life at TBA through our commitment to service and awareness of the traditions of our faith. Through programmed activities, we promote a more thorough knowledge and practice of our heritage, culture, and religion. We also provide service and financial support to synagogue operations and facilities. Most enjoyably, through our many activities, we establish camaraderie and social connections among Men’s Club members and within the TBA community at large!

Social Action

This committee’s goal is to further our collective commitment to Tikkun Olam – the repair of the world. The emphasis is on realizing our Jewish values and traditions through the performance of mitzvot, including direct services and advocacy regarding social issues to Jews in the East Bay. Participation can be a one-time activity or ongoing. Your suggestions are always welcome. Find out more about TBA’s Social Action Committee on the committee’s information page.

Membership

The goal of the Membership Committee is three-fold. We develop outreach programs to attract new members to our synagogue, provide a warm welcome to our new members, and sponsor ongoing involvement opportunities for all our congregants. There are many different ways for you to participate with this committee whether on a one-time basis or as an ongoing committee member. This year we plan to develop a WEB page for our synagogue as well as new programs for interfaith families and single members. We also plan to continue to host the regular events listed below:

  • New Member Coffee
  • New Member Shabbat and Dinner
  • Share-a-Seder

Be sure to check our column, “Memos from Membership” in The Omer each month for updates on these and other membership activities. If you have questions, suggestions or would like to join this dynamic, fun-loving group, contact the committee.

Make a Match – Make A Difference – Be a Mentor

Remember when you were a new member at TBA? Did you ever feel a little awkward at the oneg after services wishing you knew at least one person or family to say hello to and sit with? I certainly did! The Make a Match Mentor Program is here to help our new members and families avoid that ‘new kid on the block’ feeling.

Make A Match will give current TBA members the opportunity to provide a personal welcome to our temple and temple community for our new members and families. As a mentor, your involvement could be a simple as an introductory phone call welcoming them and letting them know you are available should questions arise. We have lots of other ideas for things to do as a mentor and will be happy to share them with you should you decide to participate.

We are looking for volunteers, both individuals and families to act as mentors for our incoming members. We know how little extra time there seems to be in our hectic lives, so as a mentor you may do as much or as little as your schedule permits.

If you would like more information about Make a Match or would like to volunteer to host a new member or family, please contact mentor@tbaoakland.org.

BBYO

BBYO is a teen-run, Jewish youth group. It is a great way to meet Jews from all over the Bay Area and gain leadership experience. For more information, visit the BBYO Central Region West information page, or contact the synagogue.

Oakland Ruach Hadassah

The Oakland Ruach Chapter of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, supports the existence of Israel, Jewish values, and personal enrichment through diverse programming, social connections, and education. The pillars of Hadassah are Advocacy and Education, Evolving Zionism, Membership Engagement, and Philanthropy through fundraising and giving. Oakland Ruach meetings and events are open to all. For more information, please check out their Facebook group.

Kesher Oak Hadassah

Like Oakland Ruach, Kesher Oak is a chapter of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Kesher Oak is connecting like-minded Jewish women activists in their 30s, 40s & 50s in Oakland, Berkeley, and beyond. If you are interested in more information, please email KesherOak@gmail.com or check out their Instagram.

LinkedIn

An effort to provide networking among congregants looking for/offering employment and services. [joining instructions]

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