Member Connection Services

Member Connection Services – for you, inspired by you.

 

Shabbat Shuttle   shabbat-shuttle

For those who want the camaraderie of carpooling to Shabbat Services and/or cannot drive at night, you will be matched with temple members who signed up to be TBD L’Dor to Door volunteer drivers. We’ll do all we can to transport you to/from Friday night Shabbat Services.

Community Havdalah Nightshavdalah-sunset

Several times throughout the year, we host a Havdalah service (sometimes at the beach) and encourage newcomers to meet and sing together with our members. It’s a great way to get a real sense of our members and synagogue.   kinderchavurah

Chavurahs 

One of the many benefits of Temple membership is to be part of a Chavurah – a group of usually about 8 to 20 people with similar backgrounds or interests.  The group defines its own schedule most gather once a month and enjoy all kinds of festivities. Some are purely social while others also delve into Jewish topics for shared learning. It’s a special way to make lifelong friends.  If you are a Temple Beth David member and want to be in a Chavurah, please let Membership Committee Member Claudia Geller know by emailing her at gellerclaudia@aol.com or filling out the Chavurah Interest Form.

New Member Welcome Receptionmembership-welcome-reception

Once a year, we invite all our newest members to a reception, usually hosted by the Rabbi, giving new members, the Rabbi and Cantor, and the some of the Temple leadership an opportunity to get to know one another in a very warm and relaxing setting. Nosh, an enjoyable ice breaker, a look ahead offered by our Temple President, and time to just schmooze makes for a very enjoyable time. New members have greatly enjoyed the gathering.

mezuzahMezuzah Hanging …Welcoming the Newcomer 

Moving can be such a stressful time and meeting new people equally as hard. Our Mezuzah Hanging initiative is made available to those, currently unaffiliated with a temple, to be welcomed by some of our congregants. We’ll provide a complimentary mezuzah and should the new homebuyer choose, we will also provide a wonderfully warm, albeit brief, mezuzah hanging ceremony. For more information, Contact Membership Committee Member Arlen Pantel at ap4re@yahoo.com or call the temple office and ask for Edie or Kim (714) 892-6623.

Family Friendly Festivities

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While we already have many family centered programs and services (e.g., top-notch pre-school, religious school, Tot Shabbats, a Teen club, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, first Friday Family Shabbat Service, etc.), more plans are in the works to possibly include a monthly family game night, movie night, and an annual family spirit week! Check back soon to learn more!

How to Join

Simply fill out the Member Application (or if you’d prefer, call the office and they can help you complete it) and submit it. While there is a member dues structure, we do all we can to welcome anyone who is interested in joining. Financial situation is never a barrier. Questions? Contact the Membership Chair Keri Gee Semmelman at  membership@templebethdavid.org or call the temple office and ask for Edie or Kim (714) 892-6623.  They are always happy to help!

Keeping in Touch

There are a variety of ways we keep congregants and guests up-to-date on Temple happenings. They include:

      • Weekly eblast called “TBD Shavua Tov” which provides a summary of quickly approaching events and programs and also some important announcements.
      • The monthly newsletter, Megillah, is emailed and available in hard copy in the Temple Office. This is the newsletter which spotlights all of the next month’s temple happenings and includes warm messages from our Rabbi, Cantor, and Temple President, as well as reports and invitations to programs/events from Board Members. It also recognizes donors and sponsors, spotlights a member and a Chavurah of the month, and features highlights of our Preschool and Bar/Bat Mitzvah kids and their mitzvah projects. Announcements from the community are also included.  Click the “Sign Up Now” button below to be subscribed to all of our communication.
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    • So that we may pray as a community and help one another in need, an email titled “Zichronam Livracha” is eblasted out soon after learning of the passing of a Temple member or of their loved ones.  The term means, “May their memory be for a blessing.”  The email includes whatever information the family would like to share with congregants and guests. 
    • Temple Board Members take turns delivering key announcements at Friday night Shabbat Services to keep members and guests informed.
    • In addition to this website, which is updated regularly, we have a Facebook Pageand also have a wonderful publicity trustee who works hard to get stories and announcements featured in the local media. See link to our latest news stories.
    • Once or more times during the year, the Temple President sends out a letter highlighting key topics. Also, from time to time, some committees will disseminate a brief survey to gather input and ideas from congregants.
    • There is a Suggestion Box in the Temple lobby. Congregants and guests are encouraged to offer suggestions that will be taken into thoughtful consideration.
    • Our Membership Committee and the Sisterhood & Brotherhood reach out by phone and email to members throughout the year to warmly welcome them to Temple happenings and answer their questions.