You can take an active role in the WSJHS by becoming a member of one of these working committees. You are needed. Your efforts will be greatly appreciated on any of these committees, contact us to join a committee.
In addition, volunteers are vital to many aspects of our work in the office, helping our small staff do big things. Please contact our Office Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to our list of helpers. We have many jobs throughout the year.
We are always looking for interns, and for people with special skills like data entry, photography, graphic design and social media management.
Archives committee collects archival materials, including oral histories and photographs, written records, letters, and ephemera, in collaboration with the University of Washington Libraries.
Oral History (subcommittee of Archives) committee builds the oral history collection by identifying areas of interest that are underrepresented in the collection: researching individuals whose stories can fill those gaps conducting interviews, and reviewing the transcribed tapes. Periodically, this committee offers training in oral history.
Education committee plans education programs and creates curriculum for youth, grades 1-12. This committee develops curriculum in accordance to the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) for the State.
Finance committee meets about 3 times a year to propose an annual budget and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on any financial information. This committee oversees all accounting operations of the organization.
Resource Development (subcommittee of Finance) committee derives its goals from the Finance committee
and is responsible for the cultivation of potential resources from individuals and foundations around the State.
Grant committee seeks grant opportunities and presents them to the Executive Director. This committee is responsible for helping to gather the support for potential grants and assists in the writing and/or editing of grant applications. This is a terrific committee to get involved with if you have ideas, love research and writing and want to make things happen.
Landmarks committee identifies Jewish landmarks in the state and directs small group tours, on foot or by bus, to visit some of these places. This is a committee that has future potential but has been inactive for some time. Some projects have been identified and awaiting volunteers with a passion.
Membership committee is responsible for generating the membership letters for dues renewals, as well as developing relationships with potential new members. In addition, it is the function of this committee to work with staff to create new membership levels and interest in the Historical Society.
Museum committee is working to provide a central, common focus of all parts of the community, to house, preserve and display artifacts to capture our past in a safe place, in perpetuity, as a center for cultural heritage, for permanent and temporary displays and for research and as education about our heritage. Please join this dynamic activity and offer your expertise and creativity to this vision of the Historical Society.
Collections (subcommittee of Museum) committee is developing a collection of art, objects, artifacts and other materials relating to Jewish life and culture in the State of Washington. This committee is responsible for the Accession Policy of the WSJHS, meeting periodically to determine if pending donations meet the criteria for accessioning into the WSJHS collection. Come help us make some decisions about our collection.
Exhibits (subcommittee of Museum) committee creates exhibits from the WSJHS artifacts collection and interacts with the Jewish Archives and the community to curate the various displays around town. If you like to put on shows and are creative, we need you, willing to train in this area.
Newsletter committee issues a quarterly bulletin, NIZKOR, which announces forthcoming events and includes photographs and articles of historic interest. We welcome writers and researchers to this committee. We are also in need of people interested in layout and design.
Parliamentary and Bylaws committee reviews the WSJHS Bylaws and makes decisions concerning parliamentary and governance matters.
Program committee plans and presents the wide variety of programs offered by the Society. The WSJHS has offered terrific programs including educational outreach programs and works with other committees to generate opportunities that will be beneficial to the community.
Annual Meeting (subcommittee of Program) committee is responsible for planning the WSJHS Annual Meeting which features the Stan Tobin Lecture Series.
Annual Fundraiser (subcommittee of Program) committee is given the task of working alongside the Board and staff to create the fundraiser, given particular theme of the year, that will support the work of the Historical Society. This team has done terrific work and put on amazing exhibits and performances and will continue each year. Please bring your creativity to support our mission.
Public Relations committee prepares informational materials about the WSJHS, like the information you are reading here, for the media or for the membership. This committee has the ability to connect with many people in our community as well as other organizations. We need you here, please help if you have any marketing background or are just great with working with the printed word.
Publications committee oversees the development of the print and multi-media products published by the Society. There are many pending projects that are in need of support and waiting to be published. Step aboard and make one happen.
State Outreach committee works to strengthen the Society's relationship with Jewish communities throughout Washington State. It is the goal of the Historical Society to meet the demand in all parts of Washington State and to be inclusive in our preservation and exhibition work. Please consider joining from all parts of the State. We need you to spread our good word.