Information about our Organization and its Information Systems
Modern information and communication technologies play an important role in the activities of an organization like Temple Sinai. Temple Sinai’s goals–to provide Reform Jewish religious education and worship opportunities, to foster a sacred community engaged in acts of loving kindness and social justice within and beyond the congregation, and to provide opportunities for the social enrichment of our members–require that we collect, use, and sometimes share demographic and other information about our members. The Temple’s Board of Trustees, directly or through its designees, determines the information, privacy, and other policies governing those activities. The Temple’s principal communications media are its bulletin and its Website, () and it’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TempleSinaiNJ) In addition, the Temple periodically issues releases to the press, for example to recognize a joyous occasion, to inform the community-at-large about the activities of the Temple and its members, and to invite public interest in Temple events. In addition, we seek to update and publish annually a Membership Directory which contains some demographic information about members.
Providing Visitors with Anonymous Access
Temple Sinai’s Website contains links to numerous other organizations, some of which are not-for-profit organizations, such as the Union for Reform Judaism, and others of which are commercial enterprises, such as “Schoolcash.com.” The policies and practices of organizations linked to our Website are not within Temple Sinai’s control, and you may wish to review their privacy policies prior to providing any personal information solicited through those sites. The Site may contain links to other Internet sites which are not owned, operated, controlled or reviewed by Temple Sinai. These links are provided solely for the information and convenience of the public, and do not constitute the sponsorship, endorsement or recommendation of any third party websites, products, services or opportunities by Temple Sinai. Use of any such third party websites, products, services or opportunities is solely at your risk and subject to any terms or conditions of the applicable third parties involved including, without limitation, the privacy policies and practices of such third party.
Data Collection and Purpose Specification
We maintain the personal data that you provide when requesting membership information, joining the congregation, enrolling a child in the Religious School, and participating in Temple surveys and activities. That information may include, but is not limited to, names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, occupations, dates of birth, religious backgrounds, Temple activities/interests, other interests/avocations; special dates including yahrzeits, special needs, and Temple fees/contributions owed or paid. We do not collect information about our members or visitors to our Website from other sources, such as public records or bodies or private organizations.
All data maintained is for the purpose of planning and administering the Temple’s programs and for promoting community within the congregation. Financial and other sensitive personal information is restricted to those having a need to know. We do not use personal data for any other purpose, nor do we make it available to anyone else for any other purpose.
Information about Temple activities, the names of participants, and photographs taken in the course of those activities may be disseminated subject to the “Children’s Privacy” provisions set out below. Participation in Temple activities shall constitute agreement to such dissemination.
Privacy of Minor’s Information
We maintain personal data about minors, principally in connection with their religious education. We take specific steps to protect the privacy of minors. Those steps, and their exceptions:We do not disclose to the public at large the names or other identifying information of minors under the age of thirteen except in connection with a child’s upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah;
We do not disseminate to the public at large any photographs that include images of minors under the age of thirteen except in group photographs (defined as including three or more children), in which event no minor’s ’s name or other identifying information will be disclosed unless a release is on file or otherwise obtained for a specific event for all minors in an image
Use of Broadcast E-Mail
W vWe use e-mail, supplemented by telephone calls where e-mail is unavailable, to enhance the timeliness and quality and reduce the cost of our communications with Temple members. We will endeavor to keep e-mails brief, and where possible to use links to our Website to allow interested persons to obtain more complete information. We use e-mail distribution lists to facilitate communications with specific segments of the congregation, such as Trustees, committee members, and the like. We endeavor to set up systems to avoid duplicative e-mails resulting from persons’ multiple roles within the Temple community; some duplication may be unavoidable as a practical matter.
To avoid imposing on Temple members, posting to Temple “mailing lists” is restricted to Temple clergy, the Executive Director, the Temple Educator, Temple executive officers, and Temple committee and organization chairs acting within their designated spheres.
Changes or Modifications to this Policy
All Temple members should limit the use and dissemination of information gathered from Temple information systems and photographs taken at Temple events to the purposes, and subject to the privacy protections, identified in this Policy. Failure to respect the privacy rights of other congregants may result in the denial of continued membership.