Committees

Committees

Committee chairs may be reached by calling the synagogue office 860-236-1275 or via email address below:

  • Adult Education – Identifies need/interest for adult educational programs and coordinates implementation. CONTACT: Tammi Kraushaar
  • Art – Determines choice as well as proper installation of all art displayed in the synagogue. CONTACT: Gail Weinstein or Phyllis Nova
  • Audit – CONTACT: Lisa Behan
  • Board of Education – Works with our Director of Youth and Family Learning to oversee Religious School operations. CONTACT Co – Chairs: Deb Goldberg or Lisa Sadinsky
  • B’Yadeynu (Social Action) – Promotes causes of social justice, helps those in need, and reaches out to local and national communities. CONTACT  Risa Davidson or Janet Wallans.
  • Brotherhood – Men of all ages form this congenial group. They meet for Sunday breakfast, sponsor lectures and help to support the synagogue’s educational, fundraising and religious life behind the scenes. CONTACT: Jeff Adler
  • Chesed (Caring) – Provides help and support to the Emanuel community in times of need. CONTACT: Ken Malley
  • Cemetery – Oversees the sale and maintenance of cemetery plots and administrative cemetery operations. CONTACT:
  • Chevra Kadisha (Holy Society) – Ensures our dearly departed are protected and prepared for burial according to Halakha (Jewish law) CONTACT: Faith Helene
  • Endowment Committee – In conjunction with a professional planner, provides investment oversight, sets Endowment Fund investment policy, establishment of new funds and planned giving. CONTACT: Alan Parker
  • Finance – Formulates and provides oversight of the annual budget, responsible for major expense review prior to Board of Trustees approval. CONTACT: Mickey Libbin
  • Fundraising – Plans/executes all events designed to raise additional funds for the synagogue. CONTACT: Mel Simon
  • Gabbai (Torah Service Assistant) – Appoints, trains, and assigns congregants to be gabbayim during Torah services and to coordinate bimah duties (e.g., handing out aliyot). CONTACT: Barry Feigenbaum
  • House Committee – Works in conjunction with the Executive Director to oversee building improvements and maintenance. CONTACT: Howard Smith
  • Membership – Works to increase membership, monitor member satisfaction, review lapsed or cancelled memberships. CONTACT: Fred Spaeth
  • Minyonaires – Men and women of all ages that support our daily prayer service, provide breakfast Sunday – Thurs. to all minyan participants, and support other synagogue needs and special occasions. CONTACT: Gladys Mondshein
  • Music – Assists in the planning, format and publicity of musical events. CONTACT: Regina Miller
  • Ritual – Advised by our rabbi and cantor, this congregant committee establishes and maintains the religious standards of The Emanuel Synagogue, promoting the practice of living as a Conservative Jew. CONTACT: Don Miller or Charlotte Bower
  • Scholarship – Reviews and acts upon scholarship requests for USY and Jewish summer camp. CONTACT: Joanne Pasternack.
  • Sisterhood – Comprised of women of all different ages, and at different life stages. We are affiliated with Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. CONTACT: Fern Cohen
  • Shabbat Door Greeters – Recruits, trains and assigns board members to stand at the designated entrance greeting members and guests upon entering the building. CONTACT Jeff Cohen or Alan Parker
  • Usher – Recruits, trains, and assigns congregants to be of assistance during Shabbat and holiday services. CONTACT: Joanne Pasternack.