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The following committees are supported by members who serve on or chair a committee
to make an effective and well-run spiritual institution for the community.
ADULT JEWISH GROWTH (Chair - Rhonda Kleiman): Plans and implements the adult education programs at Shaarai, including the adult Hebrew language instruction, Torah study, Talmud study, Jewish Movie Nights, Monday Night Scholar series, the annual Scholar-in-Residence program, and the biannual Adult/Family retreat.
CEMETERY (Chair - Jim Baumgartner): Evaluates the condition of our cemetery and keeps it in good condition.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE and MEMBERSHIP (Chair - Donna Cohen): Works with prospective and new Temple members by welcoming and helping to integrate them into the congregational family in ways that they choose. Committee members also plan social events throughout the year.
ENDOWMENT: Oversees the Temple endowment.
FUNDRAISING: Creates and implements fundraising activities and events to support the financial goals of the Congregation Shaarai Shomayim.
HINEINI (Chair - Alice Yerman): Develops programs that focus on the emotional well-being of our Temple family with respect to the day-to-day challenges we face. Members visit the sick and elderly, drive Temple members to appointments, and are available to fulfill other needs as they arise.
HISTORY and ARCHIVES (Chair - Ellen Pike): Maintains the Congregation's historical archive and for promoting our history through displays, exhibits, oral histories and written materials.
HOUSE (Chair - Matt Freedman): Responsible for the maintenance and repair of our building.
HOSPITALITY (Chair - Donna Cohen): Organizes Oneg Shabbats and other social events that place at Shaarai.
INVESTMENT: Oversees and provides guidance to the Board regarding financial investments.
RITUAL (Chair - Rhonda Kleiman): Works with the Rabbi in planning the ritual experience. Committee members also with the Shaarai staff to help design the musical and liturgical experience.
SECURITY (Chair - John Perry): Works with the professional staff and Board of Trustees to ensure the safety and security of the Shaarai Shomayim community.
TIKKUN OLAM (Chair - Bob Houghton): Responds to and supports social action within our own community and around the world. This committee is also responsible for planning the annual Mitzvah Day and homeless shelter support.
YOUTH (Chair - Jennifer Finkelstein): Serves as a sounding board, so parents can provide feedback and insights regarding school and youth groups. The committee also acts as advocates to help implement the established goals.
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