President                           Mel Simon (pictured)
(Contact at:
1st Vice President             Ken Simon*
2nd Vice President           Reesa Olins*
3rd Vice President            Fred Spaeth
Treasurer                           Michael Kamins
Assistant Treasurer          Mark Luster
Secretary                            Andrea Goldenberg
Assistant Secretary           Dr. Hilda Slivka
Chair of the Board            Elysa Graber-Lipperman


The Board of Trustees, consisting of twenty-seven elected members, generally meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to members of the congregation. Please check with the synagogue office for any changes to the regular schedule.

For Term Ending 2021
Lisa Behan, Andrea Goldenberg, Peter Graber-Lipperman,  Jackie Isaacson, Rona Gollob, Mark Luster, Mel Simon, Tammi Kraushaar, Open

For Term Ending 2022
Dr. Hilda Slivka, Meredith Smith, Dr. Carolyn Sorkin, David Bomzer, Meyer Frankel, Michalee Merritt, Gail Adler, Susan Kurtis, Ken Malley

For Term Ending 2023
Emily Lebovitz-Miller*, Mitch Jaffe, Reesa Olins, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, Michael Karchov*, Fred Spaeth, Marc Resnick*,  Michael Kamins, Open

* newly nominated
Life Membership: Ken Simon

The Emanuel Synagogue 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 Krashuer
  • Art: Determines choice as well as proper installation of all art displayed in the synagogue. CONTACT:  Gail Weinstein or Phyllis Nova
  • 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
  • Bâ’Yadeynu (Social Justice): 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 meet for Sunday breakfast, great events, 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: Meyer Frankel.
  • Chevra Kadisha (Holy Society): Ensures our dearly departed are protected and prepared for burial according to Halakha (Jewish law) CONTACT: Faith Helene
  • Dues & Assessments: In conjunction with the Executive Director, makes financial considerations for congregant memberships. CONTACT: Mark Luster
  • Endowment Committee: In conjunction with a professional planner, provides investment oversight, sets Endowment Fund investment policy, establishment of new funds and planned giving. CONTACT: Naomi Kleinman
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Green Team: Plans/oversees environmental initiatives. CONTACT: Carolyn Levine
  • House Committee: Works in conjunction with the Executive Director to oversee building improvements and maintenance.  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 at 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.