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Board, Committees, & Lay Leadership

Temple Chai is governed by dedicated congregants who lead the congregation's board and committees. Lay leadership is an integral part of the temple. Board and committee members lend their talents, visions, and insights to help guide the temple. Contact Laurie Prager-Azriel, Temple Chai President, if you are interested in joining a committee


The Development Committee is currently forming and working on fundraisers like our, creating a legacy gift program and an endowment to ensure our financial health for many years to come.


From approving our monthly financial statements to creating the annual budget to strategizing ways to reduce our expenses while increasing our revenues, the Finance Committee is committed to fiscal responsibility and guidance of your membership financial commitment.

Strategic Planning

Planning for our future, envisioning who we will be in 5-10 years, and ensuring our long-term vitality are all goals of the Strategic Planning committee.


Membership recruitment and retention are key priorities for our membership team.  They are currently working on a series of open houses out in the community to invite prospective members to meet with current members and clergy to learn more about Temple Chai.


The Hineini Coordinating Committee keeps our commitment to social action and acts of loving kindness alive.  Their current initiative is 18 Hours of Mindful Mitzvot.  How are you tracking?


Working in partnership with our clergy team, the Worship Committee coordinates special worship opportunities and promotes our continual spiritual growth.  They are currently reviewing the new High Holy Day prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh that is being published by the Reform Movement this year.


The Sisterhood presented us with a large donation to upgrade our east entrance and the restroom near the coat closet to handicap accessible doors.  Handicap accessibility is just one of the current projects that the Inclusion Committee is working on.  During the High Holy Days, the committee coordinated sign language interpretation and stands to hold prayer books.  A new transitional program for youth adults with disabilities called “Kadima” is another outcome of the committee.

The mission of the Inclusion Committee is to make Temple Chai an inclusive, nurturing community for all.


As our mission statement states, Temple Chai has a love for Israel, and this committee helps bring Israel to life at Temple Chai through educational programming, advocacy, and guest speakers.

Education & Youth

Temple Chai is committed to life-long Jewish learning, from age 1 – 100.  This committee coordinates with Laura Perpinyal on what’s happening in our school and youth groups.  This year, the committee worked with Membership to create our new preschool program on Sunday mornings.