Help Our Adath Community
Art & Design
Art and Design maintains and displays our fine art collection and consults on interior design projects.The committee's principle mission is to enrich Jewish identity, spirituality, and generational continuity through the visual arts.
For art management, it accepts, preserves, and displays creative works and objects that represent a wide range of Jewish themes and observances. This committee also implements renovation, cleaning, framing, and inventory of art works.
Our Cemetery, Adath Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery, and Board serve the congregation by
Contact Jonathan Shaver at 952.956.4216 or by email at email@example.com
Development and Fundraising
The Development and Fundraising Committee oversees and coordinates all fundraising efforts within the synagogue. The dollars raised help ensure that our educational programming is affordable and that the many needs of our congregants are met.
Contact Scott Gordon, Vice President of Fundraising and Development or Evan Stern, Development Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.215.3916.
The Finance Committee helps ensure our congregation’s financial well-being. Our committee is committed to operating in a fiscally responsible manner, where congregational needs are balanced against available resources.
Throughout the year, monthly financial statements and updated annual forecasts are issued to staff, the Finance Committee, and members of the Board of Trustees. The information provided is accurate, consistent, and reliable, and is used to assess the financial performance
of the various programs and the congregation as a whole.
The committee meets in the early months of our fiscal year, before the budgeting process begins, in order to understand the various programs supported by our budget and how they connect to our synagogue community. In early spring, staff prepares budgets for the next fiscal year, and the Finance Committee begins the hard work of collaborating with lay leaders and staff of the various departments to reconcile the proposed budgets to available funds.
Holy Rollers (Torah Scrolls)
Torah Scroll Repair: Volunteers and Hazzan Scott Buckner help maintain and repair Adath Jeshurun’s Torah scrolls. This group was trained by a sofer to do cleaning and repairs, such as sewing seams—as shown in the video below—and they have helped repair Torah Scrolls for other institutions as well. Contact Tobi Cooper if you would like to volunteer.
Host visiting groups
Church and community groups frequently visit the synagogue to learn about Judaism and Jewish life, and sometimes to experience a Shabbat service.
Knowledgeable volunteers greet visitors, provide an orientation, act as hosts during the service, and answer questions afterward.
The Human Resources Committee contributes to the integrity of the congregation by ensuring the development, implementation, and maintenance of sound employment practices.
The committee acts in an advisory capacity to the President and the Board of Trustees regarding issues dealing with employment policies, practices, and procedures.
marketing & communications
Marketing & Communications supports and promotes communication vehicles designed to engage congregants and the greater community. The committee strives to create materials that are effective and measurable.
Committee members, including two staff representatives, have experience in photography, usability, marketing, social media, videography, journalism, design, graphics and system development. We welcome the input of other talented individuals.
property & Catering
The Property and Catering Committee assesses and manages the changing needs and costs of our building and property, both interior and exterior.
In addition, the committee ensures that Adath excels in event planning and food preparation to best meet the needs of the congregation.
Visit our Catering page.
Help a Fellow Congregant
Parents, connect your young adult children, ages 18-24, with our College-Age Outreach Program. Adath will send holiday-themed packages and holiday emails from our rabbis around the High Holy Days, Hanukkah, Purim and Passover.
Read more HERE
College-Age Outreach Chairs
Sue Freeman, email@example.com
Wendy Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Klaiman, email@example.com
Chevra kavod hamet
(Adath bereavement society)
The Chevra honors the deceased by providing a traditional Jewish funeral with a plain wood casket for any Adath member upon request. Families consistently praise the all-volunteer Chevra for providing meaningful, loving care, along with attention to practical needs at a time when it is needed most. Chevra funerals are simple, dignified, and provided at a modest cost.
Every day members of our community observe yahrzeits, both morning and evening. Some days we do not have enough people to make minyan, and thus mourners can’t say Kaddish for a loved one.
Morning minyan help is especially needed during the summer. Please come: Mondays-Thursdays 7:20 AM; Sundays 9:30 AM. Evening minyan is at 5:45 PM Sunday-Thursday.
You can help! Our Rabbis and lay leadership believe strongly that having ten people to make a minyan, both morning and evening is very important for our community. As a Minyan Maker volunteer, you pick a day of the month (e.g. first Friday morning of the month or the last Tuesday evening of the month, etc) and agrees to invite 2-3 friends to join you for your time slot. You are in charge of that same day and time every month. If you can’t make it one month, be sure to let us know.
Contact the office at 952.545.2424 to learn more!
If you can provide a ride to or from Adath services or synagogue events, you can help other congregants stay connected to our Adath community.
To volunteer, contact Sheryl Rutzick, Transportation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
yad sima tova
Yad Sima Tova, Adath’s Outreach Caring Community, takes a collaborative approach to meet the health and healing needs of our community. As life spans increase, our congregants’ needs will become greater. This committee is making long-range plans and developing programs that will make a difference and reaching out to Adath members and their families who need help, support and encouragement.
Help Repair the World - Social Justice
hesed: social action
Help rebuild community and repair the world.
Adath Jeshurun’s social justice committee coordinates and provides opportunities for acts of justice and loving kindness within the synagogue and the greater community. Hesed focuses on hunger relief, affordable housing and anti-poverty for children and families in need.
Advocate. Apply Jewish values to issues such as Affordable Housing and Fair Lending Practices.
Volunteer. Join with friends and other congregants to help meet immediate needs.
Donate. Contribute to specific projects or Hesed sponsored programs.
Visit our Hesed page or email Hesed@adath.net to get involved!
The mission of the Committee for the Inclusion of People with Special Needs is to open the doors of Adath to all and facilitate accommodations that enable participation in all aspects of synagogue life.
israel & masorti
The Israel & Masorti Committee oversee Israel education and programming. This past year the committee worked to get out the vote for the World Zionist Congress elections supporting the Mercaz party.
Adath continues its relationship with Rabbi Yonatan Sadoff’s congregation, Magen Avraham in Omer. Our congregants and the Israel Committee generously supported Magen Avraham’s capital campaign to build an additional bomb shelter. In October 2014, members from both congregations visited Poland together.
Find upcoming events and study guides HERE
The Keruv Committee focuses on maintaining a congregational culture which “draws in” and “brings close” members of our community.
Originally created to consider issues of gays and lesbians within Adath, Keruv’s ongoing work—through regular meetings—includes studying related issues in order to be more inclusive of those who may feel “marginalized or without a voice” within our synagogue family.
mazon (hunger advocacy)
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Adath congregants were instrumental in a successful two-year legislative advocacy effort to provide $3.5 million in funding for free school meals for 61,500 low-income students. Prior to this initiative, some school districts had a policy of throwing away children’s food when a lunch account balance was empty or low, leaving children hungry and stigmatized. Mazon’s work ended this practice and also boosted access to fresh food for Minnesota SNAP (food stamp) recipients.
Mazon Advocacy efforts also concentrated on making it easier for high-need schools to serve free meals to all students by eliminating the need for paper applications, reducing administrative costs and boosting the number of meals served daily.
Adath Jeshurun prides itself on providing innovative, quality educational programming to engage our congregants in lifelong Jewish learning.
From infancy to adulthood there is a rich array of learning opportunities, including preschool programming, b’nai mitzvah training, Shabbat teaching opportunities for teens and adults, youth programs, college outreach, and adult learning.
The Jewish Life and Learning Cabinet was formed to coordinate efforts and foster collaboration to leverage success across all educational departments, and with our education partners, Talmud Torah and the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School.
Help us plan invigorating educational and social forums. Our events motivate and enable learners to build community, expand participants' religious consciousness, deepen their knowledge and strengthen their commitment, skills, and Jewish observance.
This Committee oversees all programming for children up to fourth grade, including:
The Secondary Education Committee oversees the congregation’s programming for children from 5th to 12th grade. This includes SMP Central (Shabbat Morning Program), Adath USY (United Synagogue Youth) for teens from 9th to 12th grade, Kadima for 7th and 8th graders, and for 5th and 6th graders through Maccabees. Also, Confirmation and—in general—creating ways to keep our youth active and engaged in synagogue life.
Youth Commission—As the young people of Adath embark on their unique Jewish journeys, it is the role of the Youth Department, which is overseen by the Youth Commission, to provide our teens and tweens with substantive Jewish experiences to help guide their way.
Adath Jeshurun provides scholarships to young congregants for Jewish camps and programs in Israel. Scholarships reward past service and encourage future service to the congregation. Financial aid is also provided to ensure that every young person is able to participate regardless of his/her financial situation. Scholarships are funded by contributions to the L’Chaim Campaign and to the Adath Jeshurun Foundation.