Committees

Be Heard... Make a Difference... Make New Friends

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.

List of Committee Chairs

  • Adult Education: Esther Bliss & Elaine Pinchuk
  • Beautification Committee: Arlene Salkin
  • Board of Education: Melissa Schrier
  • Book Club: Dorothy Minkoff
  • Building & Grounds: Jeff Desman
  • Bulletin & Happenings: Rose Rose
  • Calendar: Elaine Pinchuk
  • Cemetary: Amy Engle
  • Choir: Arlene Salkin
  • Food Committee: Stuart Beck
  • Fundraising: Lois Schmeidler
  • Gift Shop: Esther Bliss & Fay David
  • Green Initiative: Carol Janes
  • Infrastructure: Phil Dix
  • JCRC Representative: Louise Katz
  • Membership: Harriet Summers & Stacey Blacker
  • Men's Club: Robert Bliss & John Stevens
  • Oneg Teams: Lois Schmeidler
  • Ritual Committee: Pat Ryan
  • Scrip & Gift Cards: Rose Rose
  • Security: Jeff Safirstein
  • Sisterhood: Wendy List & Rachael Wise
  • Social Action: Ellen Goldberg Weiner
  • Website: Rich Traube

Ritual Committee

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: melissa173@aol.com for more information.

Membership Committee

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.

Beautification Committee

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 45 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.