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
  • Dues and Assessments: Members of this committee are available to meet with prospective and existing members to discuss how we can enable you to join and stay members for generations. No one is turned away from The Emanuel for financial reasons! CONTACT: Reesa Olins
  • Endowment – In conjunction with a professional planner, provides investment oversight, sets Endowment Fund investment policy, establishment of new funds and planned giving. CONTACT: Alan Parker; For Endowment Fund Report ending June 2020, CLICK HERE
  • 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: Michalee Merritt
  • 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.