Our volunteers keep our computer server running, water our plants, tend to our gardens, help out in Hebrew School classrooms, deliver Shiva meals, balance the books, plan social events and holiday celebrations, bake and cook for our Shabbat dinners, Oneg receptions and Kiddush luncheons, put mailing labels on newsletters, attend leadership conferences, read Torah, insulate pipes, and catalog our library books.... Whatever your talents or interests may lie, we have a volunteer opportunity for you, and invite you to join us! Some of our areas of service include:

TIKKUN OLAM COMMITTEE - TBE's Social Action Committee

Temple Beth El's Tikkun Olam Committee provides opportunities for congregants to learn about and fulfill the mitzvah of "repairing the world."  This is done through a variety of community projects, such as coordinating food and clothing drives, participation in discussions on refugees and immigration, volunteering at a local soup kitchen, and assembling care packs for the homeless.

Donate - Reuse - Recycle

The Tikkun Olam committee has compiled a list of organizations, sites and websites that accept donations or offer guidelines on reusing and recycling household goods, furniture, electronics, clothing, non-perishable food and toiletries, and more. Please click here to view or download the document.


The goal of the Keshet (Rainbow) Committee is to ensure that our LGBTQ members feel safe being out and comfortable fully participating in synagogue life, to reach out to unaffiliated LGBTQ Jews, and to provide opportunities for non-LGBTQ congregants to learn more about the issues and challenges that many people still face in our society. By creating meaningful programs and by leading the Jewish community at Pride! Portland, the Keshet Committee is committed to advancing equality and accelerating acceptance in our community and beyond. To get involved, contact the office at

YAD L'YAD COMMITTEE - TBE's Caring Committee

It is at times of great joy and sorrow that we look for the outstretched hands of our community--our Yad L' Yad volunteers are those hands. Through our Yad L' Yad program, Temple members deliver kosher Shiva meals to those members who have just lost a loved one, Shabbat meals to new parents who are celebrating the arrival of a new baby or child, cards of condolence or congratulations, hospital and nursing home visits, and friendly visits to those in need of a little company.


The Ritual Committee develops policies and procedures concerning rituals, helps to educate the leadership and membership on worship and religious practices, and makes recommendations for enhancing the worship experience.

KADIMA BETH EL - TBE's Religious School Committee

The Kadima Beth El Religious School Committee, along with our Director of Congregational Learning, set policies, develop the curriculum, and hire appropriate faculty to cultivate the growth and operations of TBE's Religious School.


The House Committee supervises (and sometimes performs) the maintenance and repair of the Temple, and authorizes major contracts and purchases required for the physical care of the building. 


The Adult Jewish Learning Committee works diligently to bring us an array of learning opportunities each year. Events include candidate forums, in-depth coursework, resident scholars, film series and more.


TBE's Kiddush Committee prepares the Shabbat kiddush refreshments for both Friday night and Saturday morning. We do everything from buying food to chopping veggies, slicing cheese and arranging cookies. In the coming months, we'd love to move on to baking challah, cookies, cakes, and kugels. We feel strongly that providing a friendly, tasty kiddush is vital to the community building that happens on Shabbat and chagim (holidays).  We would love to have more committee members and helping hands. Most of the work happens on Thursdays and Fridays, and most communication will happen via email; there will be very few meetings. Please contact committee chair Sara Kahn Troster at of you are interested in participating.


We have a dedicated -- and growing! -- group of members who volunteer to read sections of the weekly Torah portion and Haftarah at Shabbat and holiday services. We welcome your participation! If you are interested in joining our Torah Leyners group, please visit:


Cataloging and organizing our library, sorting through ongoing book donations.



We look forward to your participation!

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