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If you’re looking for a different way to help out the synagogue, perhaps you should consider joining a committee. Our committees meet to discuss and plan different aspects of the synagogue. Below is a list of the committees at Temple Sinai.
- Adult Education: Esther Bliss, Jonathan Eron, Elaine Pinchuk
- Beautification Committee: Esther Bliss
- Building & Grounds: Phil Dix, John Stevens
- Chesed Committee: Elaine Pinchuk, Sue Karen
- Executive Action Committee: Greg Rappaport
- Fundraising: Jeff Desman, Elaine Pinchuk, Rose Rose
- Green Initiatives: Carol Janes
- Infrastructure Team: Phil Dix
- Membership: Stacey Blacker, Neil Goldfarb
- Ritual Committee: Rabbi Fineblum
- Security: Phil Dix, Jeff Safirstein, Marty Rose
- Social Action: Carol Janes, Paula Pappas
- Youth: Greg Rappaport
- Board of Education: Melissa Schrier
- Men’s Club: Robert Bliss & John Stevens
- Nursery School: Stacey Blacker
- Sisterhood: Esther Bliss, Ellen Dix
- Budget and Finance: Phil Dix and Michael Silver
- Bulletin & Happenings: Rose Rose
- Calendar: Amy Engle
- Cemetery: Amy Engle
- Choir: Arlene Salkin
- Donation Acknowledgements: Rich Traube
- Gift Shop: Esther Bliss & Fay David
- Oneg Teams: Ellen Dix
- Scrip & Gift Cards: Rose Rose
- Web Site: Rich Traube
With the guidance of the Rabbi, Ritual Committee members make decisions concerning the Religious aspects of the Synagogue. Examples of issues that may be discussed are those concerning Kashrut, Service times, prayer books, music at Shabbat Services, amount of Hebrew at services, photography on Shabbat, etc. You don’t need to be highly knowledgeable or observant, but merely have a desire to share and learn more about the religious aspects of Synagogue life. The Ritual Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Synagogue.
High Holiday Service Committee
As a subcommittee of the Ritual Committee, the High Holiday committee is in charge of assigning Aliyot for the High Holiday Service, providing ushers, mailing tickets and maintaining decorum throughout the holidays.
Board of Education Committee
The Board of Education (BOE) is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Temple Sinai Religious School. Broad topics include setting the philosophy of the school, establishing and enforcing policies, writing/evaluating/revising the curriculum, assessing faculty and making employment decisions, supervising expenditures, and preparing the annual operating budget for the Board of Directors. The Board of Education Committee also has oversight responsibility for the Temple Sinai Nursery School.
While having children in the Religious School is not a requirement, our goal is to have Board Members with children in all three divisions of the Religious School so that the Board is representative when making decisions.
The BOE meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai or on Sunday mornings. Regular attendance is a requirement of this committee. Contact Melissa Schrier: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Membership Committee is responsible for membership recruitment and retention. They create programming and policy to recruit, welcome and integrate new members into synagogue life. They are also concerned with retention, encouraging members to participate in congregational activities. Fresh ideas and additional committee members are always welcome. Contact Harriet Summers at 609 238-0303.
The Beautification Committee makes decisions concerning the beautification of the building. They decide what should be placed on the walls, what types of furniture additions are needed and more. If you have a flair for synagogue decorating contact Esther Bliss at 856-764-7308 and join the Beautification Committee.
Building & Grounds
The Temple Sinai structure is over 50 years old, so there is always a new challenge with the building or grounds that needs attention. This committee helps to identify and prioritize problems, find contractors and oversee their work. Please contact John Stevens 856 829-1916 for more information.
Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee is charged with the mission of helping congregants fulfill their obligation of Mitzvot by sponsoring programs and activities to lend a hand and improve the South Jersey community. Temple Sinai participates in food drives, clothing drives, filling back-packs with school supplies and much more. This committee is always looking for fresh new ideas and members. Contact Paula Pappas 856 665-5869 for more information.