Guide to Committees and Groups at Beth Emeth
Want to get more involved with CBE? Think you'd like to join a committee or help with a particular event or project? Want to get to know your fellow congregants a bit better while volunteering? Browse the list of committees below and learn about the rich variety of opportunities that exist to participate at CBE. Just send an e-mail to the contacts listed below. They'd love to hear from you!
Chairs: Suzanne Stluka and Diane Lowenthal
The Adult Program Committee has the unique responsibility of developing a wide range of enrichment experiences for our congregants. Whether it is to work with the rabbi to develop a lecture series, host a movie and discussion night or conduct a Jewish cooking workshop, the Adult Program Committee provides volunteers the opportunity to bring innovative programs to our doorstep. (Adult Education Web Page; see left column for additional Adult Programs.)
Chair: Kate Brown
By joining the BEECC Committee, members work alongside the Director of BEECC to set school policy, maintain rules and regulations, examine school tuition, and explore new ways to keep our preschool successful for the youngest of our students. Volunteering with the BEECC Committee is a great way for those new to Beth Emeth to get involved—it's a gateway to our community. (BEECC Web Page)
BEECC Parents' Association
President: Marissa Appelbaum
The BEECC Parents' Association seeks members to develop fun and engaging programs for parents of the BEECC students. There are multiple opportunities to contribute by planning social events (think Moms' Night Out, playground playdates, and our annual school dance), educational programs on parenting issues for preschoolers, and fundraisers. The BEECC PA enables the preschool families to make long-lasting connections. Please consider volunteering with us. (BEECC PA Web Page)
Beth Emeth Chorale
Director: Debbie Smith
Make a joyful noise! The Chorale represents CBE at community performance events, participates in programs at CBE and sings at some Erev Shabbat services. We only have rehearsals when preparing for a performance, so there's no year 'round commitment! (Chorale Web Page)
Chair: Melissa Hillelsohn
Reach out and be there for other CBE members when assistance is needed. Offer a ride to Shabbat services or a medical appointment. Provide a meal for shiva or when someone is coping with a difficult illness. At times when our congregants can benefit from some friendly support, the volunteers of the Caring Community help to make trying times a bit easier to manage. We encourage you to volunteer with us!
Communications and Publicity
Chair: Debbie Katz (Acting)
Do you enjoy writing? Do you have a certain savvy with social media? Have a flair for graphic design or photography? The Communications Committee welcomes your interest in helping to publicize events, programs and shul news to our members, as well as to the local media. We produce our monthly newsletter, The Shofar, maintain the CBE Website, and manage CBE's presence on Facebook and YouTube, and most recently, on Twitter and Pinterest, too.
Endowment Chair: Melissa Landau
The Endowment Committee is responsible for overseeing the General Endowment Fund and the Educational Endowment Fund, both of which contribute to the ongoing needs of the congregation. The Endowment Committee also is involved in organizing educational events on a variety of financial topics to highlight different ways people can contribute to the CBE Endowment. We welcome interested volunteers to help to ensure CBE maintains its financial strength and stability for the long term. (Endowment Web Page)
Finance and Budget
Finance & Budget Chair: Marc Wishkoff (Acting)
The Finance and Budget Committee is tasked with preparing CBE's annual budget. Members of the committee also conduct periodic reviews of the financial operations of the Congregation and report their findings to the Board of Directors. Anyone with a desire to participate in fulfilling this important role for the congregation is welcome to join the committee—a good head for numbers and/or an accounting background is helpful.
Chair: Ellyn Soefer and Susan Moskowitz
We all love to eat and want to ensure that CBE adheres to the tenets of food service in Conservative Judaism. The Food Service Committee implements CBE's kashrut kitchen policies and provides assistance with simchas, purchasing, and all of the requirements of a busy kitchen.
Chair: David Lieberman
Did you have the most successful lemonade stand on the block when you were a child? Or maybe you sold the most Girl Scout cookies in your troop. Better yet, did you run a profitable silent auction or carnival at your children's school? With or without fundraising experience, the fundraising committee needs you! (Make a Contribution Web Page)
Over 55? Want camaraderie, social times, intellectual stimulation and FUN? Our award winning CBE Hazak chapter meets on the third Tuesday of each month. (Hazak Web Page)
House and Facilities
Chair: Hank Pohl
Is interior design your passion? Interested in construction and renovations? Join this group to make sure that CBE keeps looking its best.
Chair: Andy Golkow
CBE's Ad Hoc Israel Support Committee works with other committees in the synagogue on an “as needed” basis on programs and activities related to supporting Israel, and communicates with organizations in the community to do what we can in support of Israel.
Long Range Planning
Chair: Jay Myerson and Keith Rubin
Clear out your crystal ball and help this group sponsor focus groups, respond to the current and planned needs of our community and help us figure out where we are going and how to get there.
Chair: Fran Besalel (Acting)
Plan the fun times that make CBE a special place to be. Reach out to new members with Welcome Baskets or participate in the CBE Ambassador program. Help organize congregational dinners for new and long standing members, the annual BBQ and so much more.
President: Jamie MacDonald
Minyan & Munch, the Purim Carnival, Yom HaShoah Yahrzeit Candle program, Sukkot camping, the Super Bowl Party and more are sponsored by the CBE Men's Club. Come and join the CBE Men's Club and you will have a place to socialize and contribute. Free one year membership for new CBE members. (Men's Club Web Page)
VP, Ritual: Ellyn Hirsch
- Chair, Ritual-Holiday: Phil Noyovitz and Josh Winston
- Chair, Ritual-Lifecycle: Susan Dilles
- Chair, Ritual-Shabbat and Weekday: Steve Baker
The Ritual Committee offers a multitude of opportunities to get involved at CBE. Consider reading Torah, serve as a gabbi or hagbah during Shabbat services. Meet with families as they prepare for their child's bar or bat mitzvah. Help organize ushers for the High Holidays. Committee members also work with closely with our rabbi. Don't worry if you feel unprepared to play some of these roles. We encourage participation at all levels and offer training so that everyone feels comfortable. Volunteering on the Ritual Committee is a rewarding experience!
Chair: Donna Foster-Paley
Do you have a child in the Religious School or the Chai School? Joining the School Committee allows you the opportunity to take part in crafting school policy and rules, working closely with our Religious School Director, and fostering new and innovative approaches to educating our students. And, it's a great way to meet fellow parents at the school. Any and all interested volunteers are welcome to the discussion. Join us! (Religious School Web Page)
President: Jennifer DeAngelis and Kyla Hartunian
Uniting CBE women, Sisterhood sponsors educational, cultural, social action and ritual programs. Come browse in the Marilyn Rosenberg Sisterhood Gift Shop, partake of the goodies at the annual chocolate party, assist at the Chanukah boutique, join us for ladies night out, participate in Sisterhood Shabbat, get involved with the book club and so much more. Free one-year Sisterhood membership for new CBE members. (Sisterhood Web Page)
Social Action and Community Relations
Co-Chairs: Ron and Janet Klayton
Do a mitzvah! Help the community with the Yom Kippur Food Drive, Thanksgiving Food Baskets, Winter Coat Drive, Sukkot in April or a Mini-Walk for the Homeless. These and more opportunities to help participate and organize are waiting for you. Make a difference within CBE, the local community and the Jewish world. (Volunteer Web Page)
Chair: Dan Moldover
Okay, admit it – you're a little bit of a geek. Play to your strengths and join the Technology Committee. Help us administer all the fun stuff, like software, the Website, and all those other areas that interest you so much.
Chair: Felice Schulz
If you have children in Kindergarten through College, you'll want to participate in this committee's activities to help make sure that the CBE youth department functions are where your young folk want to be. If you don't have children at CBE, it will keep you young to get to know our great kids. Activities are year round, on and off-site. We also let our college kids know their Beth Emeth family is thinking of them with twice-yearly care packages sent via our Collegians of Beth Emeth program. (Youth Activities Web Page)