A committee enables far more to be done - increasing the quality and quantity of Jewish activity at your university. People work best when they are given very clear guidelines on what to do, and are provided with support and feedback. The most effective way to ensure that people helping to run a Jewish group are given these things is to create a formal committee structure.
Even if you feel like the only one shouldering responsibility, you must share how you feel with someone; a campus professional or other student leader… If you have too much to do, break it down into smaller segments, figure out what is most important, let non essentials slide, and see if you can make some things fun for example, a pizza party for mail out …
Job descriptions are designed to ensure that everybody involved in running a Jewish student organisation has a clear idea of what they are meant to do. Although job descriptions might seem a bit formal for some people's taste, and although they might be unnecessary for the smallest of Jewish student organisations, when a lot needs to be done it makes sense to work out who should do what.
It can be frustrating having a lot of good ideas when you are stuck working 'for' a chairperson who isn't good at their job, who isn't interested in improving the organisation, and who blocks good ideas. When stuck in this sort of a situation however, all isn't lost. It is possible to make a difference and to work around the chairperson and others in charge.
Most Jewish student organisations have one person who is formally in charge. They might be elected, appointed, or the only person who wants the job. In many organisations (including WUJS) the person is called the chairperson (chair for short), although they might also be called the president, or some other title. The Jewish group's chair has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that its activities run well.
A union is always run by a dedicated team of elected leaders, but elected teams can sometimes be difficult to manage! Are you a new union chair or president? Not sure what you've got yourself into? If you're in this position, then these top tips for managing your new committee are a great place to start!