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The Woodstock Jewish Congregation needs volunteers. We are now working to build volunteer teams to help in every aspect of life in the building. By joining any of our teams, you will be helping to provide the resources and support necessary to sustain and strengthen our community.

One of the privileges of membership is the opportunity to serve on committees.

These committees are actively looking for new members:

Program – Plans Jewish cultural events such as theatre, dance, music, film and poetry. Members of the committee plan events that appeal to them. If you have enthusiasm or ideas, please be involved.
Contact the synagogue office to volunteer: (845) 679-2218.

Holiday – A fun way to learn about the holidays with others and plan ways to celebrate them at WJC. Members of this committee can choose their favorite holidays for which to plan.

Fundraising Events – Plans events to raise funds for the synagogue. If you are interested in joining this committee or working on a specific fundraising event, please contact Michele Lerner: (845) 679-9049, [email protected].

Membership – Is the liaison with the members, welcomes new members, plans the New Member Shabbat, creates the membership directory, and finds new and interesting ways for members to feel welcome and involved.
Contact: Diane Colello - (845) 246-0929, [email protected] 

High Holy Days – There are lots of things you can do before and/or during the Holiday Services.  The volunteer effort is key to the success of the High Holy Day experience.
To volunteer, Contact Gwen Tapper - (845) 679-7673, [email protected]

Chesed Circle – This is an opportunity to give and receive support from within our community, our “family.”  Volunteer commitments can range from writing get-well cards to hospital visits to running errands for a family celebrating a simcha to fulfilling real needs for members in crisis. To volunteer, Contact Gwen Tapper - (845) 679-7673, [email protected]

Congregational Learning Committee – A group of volunteers who actively participate in the activities and running of all of our educational offerings for children, teens, adults and families. 
Contact: Matthew White ([email protected]) or Stacy Mapstone ([email protected])

More Ways to GET Involved

You do not need to be a member to help!

Tikkun Olam The Chesed Circle’s Tikkun Olam task force works in the wider community helping to feed the hungry and engaging in other social action projects, including the soup kitchen, food pantry, annual blood drive, semi-annual food drive, and the New Jim Crow Task Force. Find what speaks to you and get involved.

Home Hospitality - Please open your home to newcomers to the area.  There’s nothing like sharing a meal – either a Shabbat dinner or Passover Seder.  Let the office know if you’d like to do a mitzvah and be a host occasionally.  

Mailings - We always need help getting mailings out.  Please e-mail us at [email protected] if you’re willing to help out occasionally.

Soup Kitchen - The synagogue needs volunteers to run the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Woodstock every September and December. Volunteers are needed from 3:30 - 6:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Help one day or several.
Contact: Dena Crane - (845) 246-0177, [email protected].

ANNUAL GIVING Opportunities

Chai Circle –The Chai Circle contributes to the annual operating budget. You can join the Chai Circle by making an annual contribution of $1800.00 or more above your membership dues.

High Holy Day Appeal – This is our single largest fundraising event of the year, which allows us to welcome everyone into our tent. It is the time of year that we are reminded of how wonderful it is to come together as one community.

End of Year Appeal – This annual end of calendar year appeal benefits the operating budget, while offering you one last opportunity to give a tax-deductible gift before the end of the year.

Passover Appeal – The Passover Haggadah  instructs us: “Let all who are hungry come and eat, let all who are in need come and celebrate Passover”. Your generosity enables us to continue to open our doors for all.