Touro Fraternal Association is run by committees which are comprised exclusively of Touro members.
Touro’s standing committees – and others which may be formed from time to time for special purposes – make Touro function. They are the heart, the brains and spirit of Touro.
Serving on a committee is not mandatory. It will cost you nothing but a little time. In return, you’ll get a great deal of personal satisfaction.
For more information on our committees, please review the committee descriptions listed below.
Assistance Committee Chairman – Michael Smith
Touro Fraternal Association was chartered in 1917 primarily to provide assistance to its members in need. That still holds true today. Each request is handled on an individual basis. Only the committee members are aware of the identity of the recipient and the reason for the request for assistance from the Jacob A. Eaton Memorial Fund. For more information, click here.
Budget & Finance Committee Chairman – Stevan Labush
This committee reviews the Association’s finances quarterly and recommends the means of assuring a steady fl ow of cash to the Board of Directors. It establishes annual allocations for committees, recommends salaries, and arranges for and supervises the outside independent annual audit of Touro’s books. For more information, click here.
Cemetery Committee Chairman – Barry Ackerman
Touro’s extensive land holdings at the Lincoln Park Cemetery are managed by this committee. Its responsibilities include assignment of gravesites, when requested, sale of gravesites, if available, and maintenance and care of Touro land. The committee chairman also serves on the Chased Schel Amess Association’s board of directors, the governing body at Lincoln Park. For more information, click here.
Communications Committee Chairman – Bruce Weisman
This committee keeps Touro visible to the Southern New England community by serving as a clearing house for all advertising and press releases done by the Association. Additionally, it communicates with our membership through print and digital media. The committee publishes the Tourogram, the Association’s newsletter. It is also responsible for maintaining the Touro Fraternal Association website, www.tourofraternal.org, as well as our presence on FaceBook. For more information, click here.
Community Involvement, Welfare Committee Chairman – Andrew Lamchick
Over the years, Touro’s reputation has been built on service to its members and to the community as a whole. This committee examines all opportunities to accomplish these goals. Touro has supported area hospitals, nursing homes, civic, educational, scouting, camping and cultural programs via this committee’s annual budget. The committee evaluates requests for charitable support and recommends appropriate action to the Board of Directors, which allocates the funds. The committee is also responsible for distributing proceeds from our 50/50 raffles to area charities. In order to encourage further participation, Touro accepts donations to its Community Involvement, Welfare Fund from the membership. For more information, click here.
Constitution & By-laws Committee Chairman – Andrew Gilstein
The documents that govern the Association and its lodges fall under the aegis of this committee. It periodically reviews them and drafts for the Board’s and Association’s approval any changes it deems appropriate for Touro’s efficient operation. For more information, click here.
Golf Committee Chairman – Jeffrey Davis
Every summer, Touro holds a member-guest 18-hole golf outing at a local course. The Golf Committee organizes the event, including the playing format, groupings, food and prizes. The committee organizes a formal golf league for members only. For more information, click here.
House Committee Chairman – Barry Ackerman
Touro has a major investment in its headquarters building. This committee plans and supervises its maintenance, purchases equipment and supplies, and recommends improvements to the interior and exterior of the building. It also establishes and enforces rules for the building’s use. Members having knowledge in fields such as plumbing, electrical work, general construction, heating, air conditioning, etc., lend their expertise to this committee. For more information, click here.
Investigation Committee Chairman – Richard Levenson
All membership applications are examined to assure each applicant is qualified for membership. Where necessary, the committee checks the background of applicants to verify the information contained in the applications. For more information, click here.
Investment Committee Chairman – Robert Miller
The annual dues Touro members pay does not cover all of the Association’s expenses. The Investment Committee directs the investments, exercising fiduciary responsibility by maintaining a diversified portfolio. The results are investments which have steadily grown in value and have produced the income to underwrite the Association’s operation, as well as the portfolio’s expansion. For more information, click here.
Membership Committee Chairmen – Richard Levenson & Max Guarino
The Membership Committee is charged with the responsibility for increasing and maintaining Touro membership through new member campaigns and special events. The committee creates, plans and then implements these programs, working in consort with all other committees in the Association, mainly the Social Committee. For more information, click here.
Social Committee Chairmen – Adam Halpern and Jeffrey Harpel
This committee is responsible for the social events which have earned Touro its reputation as one of the finest Jewish fraternal orders in the East. It plans, organizes and implements affairs which cater to the interests of the members and their families. These events run the gamut from major dinner dances to Chanukah parties for the children, excursions to baseball games, casinos and trips to cultural centers, to simple hot dog and bean dinners at Touro. To quote many committee members: “This may be the most important committee in the Association.” For more information, click here.
Student Financial Aid Committee Chairman – Ried Redlich
There are two ways the Association provides financial assistance to its members for secondary education: the long-standing interest-free Leo Greenberg Memorial Student Loans and a series of Touro educational grants, both available for regular members, their children and children of deceased regular members. The Student Financial Aid Committee, with the Board’s approval, sets qualification guidelines for both programs, solicits and reviews applications, determines the recipients and assures timely loan collections. For more information, click here.
Sunshine Committee Chairman – Barry Schiff
When a Touro brother is hospitalized, confined to home or a nursing home, his days can be brightened by knowing someone cares. A member of Touro’s Sunshine Committee visits as many of our brothers as possible. For more information, click here.
Ways & Means Committee Chairman – Barry Schiff
The dictionary defines ways & means as “methods and resources for accomplishing something and especially defraying expenses.” Touro defines this committee’s task as developing, determining and investigating ways and means of guaranteeing that the Association and its lodges satisfy the needs of their members through financial or other means. Is it a catch-all committee? Yes! But by that definition alone, its importance to the organization’s future is established. For more information, click here.