The following are some of the questions that come up most frequently in discussions with new TBI members and potential members. If you would like to ask (or suggest) a question for this list, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the online FAQ list in your email.
- What is Reconstructionism?
- What's our relationship with the Reconstrucionist movement, in terms of our obligations to them and services available from them?
- How will my non-Jewish family members be included in lifecycle events?
- How much Hebrew do I have to know to take part in the services?
TBI's Kitchen and Food
- How does the TBI kitchen work?
- What kinds of foods are OK to bring to the Oneg?
School and Children
- Are my young children welcome at services? What behavior standards are there for children in the sanctuary?
- What are the teachers in the religious school like? What are their credentials? Do they have an annual review, like public school teachers?
- What can I do to improve my child's experience in the religious school?
- Does TBI have any resources for helping my children deal with anti-Semitism from other children?
- What resources/events are there for seniors?
- Are there people who help elderly members get to services?
Social and Community Life
- Are there other members like me, and how do I find them?
- I have an idea for an event – who do I talk with to make it happen?
- Where does my dues money go?
- What's expected of me, as a member? Are there obligations besides paying my dues?
- Who do I talk with if I have a problem that requires pastoral services?
- What services are available to me, as a member?
- Who do I call if I, or a family member, am in the hospital?
Organization and Governance
- How is TBI run?
- What are the TBI staff members responsible for?
- What is the relationship of Committees to the Board?
- What are the nominating and election procedures for Board members?
- How do the Board and committees maintain accountability/transparency to the congregation?
- Who do I talk to if I have a concern about something at TBI?
- How does our structure reflect Reconstructionist values?