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Chochmat Board Member Job Description

The Chochmat Board of Directors is comprised of members of our congregation who are dedicated to our mission to be a source of relevant and inspiring pathways into Jewish practice.

Board terms last for two years and board members can serve for up to three consecutive terms.
Your volunteer commitment as a board member will be around 4-6 hours per month.

Expectations of the Board as a Whole

As the leadership body of Chochmat HaLev and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:

  • Determining the mission and purposes of the organization 
  • Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director and Spiritual Leaders
  • Strategic and organizational planning 
  • Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management 
  • Fundraising and resource development 
  • Approving and monitoring Chochmat HaLev’s programs and services 
  • Enhancing Chochmat HaLev’s outreach to the broader community  
  • Assessing its own performance as the governing body

Expectations of Individual Board Members 

Each individual board member is expected to:

  • Be a member in good standing
  • Know Chochmat’s mission, policies, programs and needs 
  • Faithfully read and understand Chochmat HaLev’s financial statements and ensure the Board fulfills its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Play an active role in securing the financial resources necessary for Chochmat HaLev to achieve its mission. 
  • Leverage personal relationships and connections to help the Fundraising committee and staff identify and solicit potential funders.
  • Directly invest in Chochmat HaLev by contributing to every fundraising effort.
  • Attend all Board meetings, trainings, and retreats. 
  • Read board materials in advance of board meetings and come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions.
  • Serve on one or more committees and actively participate in committee work and to work at least 15 hours of volunteer time a year
  • Attend at least one Chochmat HaLev service, class, or event each month
  • Read the board emails to stay abreast of any discussion topics or changes in the board meetings

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