Temple Sinai is a community that values the active engagement of members in leadership and community-building. Committees and Task Forces work in partnership with staff to help shape the direction of temple life and to utilize members with particular interests and skills. All committees are established by the Board of Trustees. Committee chairs and members are appointed by the temple president. All task forces or special advisors to the Board of Trustees are also appointed by the president. Affiliate Organizations, established through the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), are independent affiliates of Temple Sinai. Members of Temple Sinai also serve on national boards of organizations under the URJ umbrella.
RITUAL COMMITTEEMike Raibman email@example.com (301) 915-0080· Works with clergy to evaluate and establish ritual policies, for Shabbat, Festivals, and High Holy Day services, life cycle events, and funeral practices.
ADULT EDUCATION COMMITTEE· Plans and coordinates educational activities for adult members including Scholar-in-Residence, fall and spring semester classes, and Sunday morning speaker programs.
DAYTIMERS Ron Merrill RNLMerrill@msn.com (301) 365-0894· Provides monthly lunch-time programs featuring speakers on a variety of issues. · Affords an opportunity for socialization among congregants in addition to providing them with new insights on topics of general interest.
LIBRARY COMMITTEE Janis Colton JRColton@aol.com (301) 654-7649Herb Mintz firstname.lastname@example.org (301) 983-6651· Provides an accessible and inviting atmosphere for congregants of all ages, from Nursery School children through the adult scholar, interested in materials of Jewish content and culture. · Works to maintain and expand the collection of Jewish materials related to strengthening and enhancing Jewish knowledge and identity.
MUSIC COMMITTEE Stephanie Lebow email@example.com (202) 363-7327 Myra Weinberg firstname.lastname@example.org (301) 320-5365 · Organizes varied musical programming at Temple Sinai in close coordination with the Cantor.
NURSERY SCHOOL COMMITTEE Maya Godofsky email@example.com (301) 986-1806 Elizabeth Workman firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 966-4916· Works with the Nursery School Director to review and establish policy. · Supports the Nursery School and the Nursery School Parent Association.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL COMMITTEE Todd Rosentover email@example.com (301) 320-1147· Works with the Director of the Religious School to review and establish school policies, and supports the educational program, teaching staff, and Director.
ACCESS AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE Ann Sloane firstname.lastname@example.org (301) 231-8118 · Focuses on access and participation of people with disabilities and other special needs and their families in temple life.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Jill Chenok email@example.com, (301) 652-2941· Develops a Membership Recruitment and Retention Plan in close coordination with clergy, staff and Board leadership as well as other program related committees. Implements appropriate sections of the Membership Plan directly and monitors its implementation by other related committees. Updates the Membership Plan as needed, · Reports to the Board quarterly regarding the implementation of the Membership Plan. · Reviews membership data regularly and reports trends to the Board. · Plans social events for prospective and new members to both familiarize prospective members with the temple and to welcome new members into the Temple Sinai community.
SINAICARES COMMITTEE Laura Govoni-Sibarium firstname.lastname@example.org (301)588-4435Tara Sonenshine · Established in loving memory of Kathie Rabinovitz, a Temple Sinai member devoted to helping those in need. Learn more. · At times of illness, loss, hardship, or convalescence, SinaiCares can facilitate visits by trained volunteers in the home, at a senior residence, or at a care facility.
GREEN TEAMRegina Ziegler email@example.com (301) 530-7607Robyn Miller-Tarnoff RobynMT@comcast.net (301) 320-4491· Helps develop environmentally conscious improvements at Temple Sinai and encourages, through education and action, similar commitments on the individual, community, national, and global level.· Currently focusing on solar energy, recycling, and water conservation and quality.
ISRAEL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Michael Sussmann firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 333-2828· Works to ensure that Temple Sinai engages in dialogue about Israeli current events in ways that reflect and respect the diverse perspectives within the congregation while also affirming Reform Judaism’s position of support for the ideals upon which Israel was founded.
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE Barbara Kraft email@example.com (202) 362-2947· Coordinates Temple-wide multi-year community based social action programming based on a plan developed collaboratively with clergy, senior staff, Board leadership and reflecting priorities identified by the membership. · Serves as a clearinghouse and resource for other shorter -term social action initiatives identified by other Temple Sinai committees or affiliates to ensure that Temple Sinai social action reflects that themes and priorities identified by the Board. · Makes grants through the Temple Sinai Fund for the Needy to Washington DC area non-profit organizations. · Formulates positions on critical social justice issues (e.g. DC Voting Rights, Darfur) for Temple Sinai and develops and implements local strategies to work toward achieving them. Where appropriate, the committee will recommend that an action be taken by the Board or the congregation. · Establishes subcommittees, as needed, to direct attention to emerging issues of importance.
ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE David Wessel firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 244-7118 · Provides guidance regarding front and back office functions, billing, insurance, personnel, computer operations, and general management of the congregation working in close coordination with the Executive Director.
ARCHIVES COMMITTEESusan Schiffer email@example.com (202) 966-3947· Develops policy and oversees the retention of materials of historical importance to the congregation.
AUDIT COMMITTEE (Standing Committee) Dianne Rudo firstname.lastname@example.org (301) 907-8248· Recommends the engagement of independent auditors to the Board, meets with auditors concerning scope of the temple’s annual audit, reviews audited financial statements and submits them to the Board. · Assesses the Temple’s internal controls and makes recommendations to the Executive Director and Temple Board as needed.
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE· Works closely with the Executive Director to develop and oversee a plan to upgrade the digital and print communication of the temple to meet the needs of temple members and prospective members as well as to promote select temple programs and activities to the wider community.
FINANCE COMMITTEE (Standing Committee) Gary Friend email@example.com (301) 320-6065· Acts on behalf of the Board to oversee management of Temple Sinai's finances and makes regular reports to the board to support the Board’s fiduciary responsibilities. · Reviews monthly reports and approves all major expenditures from special funds. · Prepares, in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Temple Sinai operating budget and capital and building fund budgets based on input from all major Temple Committees and from the Building Operations Committee. Building Operations Committee Chair serves as ex-officio member of the Budget and Finance Committee. · Reviews all budget and finance related Temple Sinai policies and makes recommendations for changes to the Board as needed. · Develops and updates as needed, long-term financial projections and a related business plan. · Oversees the temple’s investment portfolio, including Endowment and other funds.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE Marcie Solomon Marcie.Solomon@gmail.com (202) 362-4331 · Oversees implementation of the Long Range Plan and reports progress to the Board and the Congregation. Directly manages the implementation of the Governance, Leadership and Administration goal of the Long Range Plan. Works on an interim basis until such time as the Board establishes a new Long Range Planning task force with the charge of updating the Long Range Plan.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE (Standing Committee) · Committee members are elected annually according to the Temple Sinai bylaws and are charged with preparing a slate of officers and Board members to serve the congregation.
TEMPLE SINAI CEMETERY AT GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE COMMITTEETed Rosen firstname.lastname@example.org (301) 530-3403 · Coordinates the sale and marketing of Temple Sinai section at Garden of Remembrance Cemetery
ART COMMITTEEJeffrey Hacker email@example.com (301) 718-3779Robert Colton firstname.lastname@example.org (301) 654-7649 · Monitors maintenance and donation of all art work, and coordinates placement of donated art work.
BUILDING OPERATIONS COMMITTEE Robert Plotkins email@example.com (301) 929-8182 Kevin Mulshine firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 363-6893 · Oversees the repair and maintenance of the physical plant, its surroundings and grounds, the maintenance staff, and the use of all facilities and fees. · Works to ensure the building operations’ adherence to environmental “green” principles. · SAFETY & SECURITY ADVISOR· Develops policy and procedures dealing with the maintenance and enhancement of safe and secure operations at Temple Sinai. · Works with the executive director to develop annual security budget and recommend related capital expenditures.
MEN OF REFORM JUDAISM (MRJ) Howard Oppenheim email@example.com (301) 587-5017· Supports the Temple with a variety of activities designed to serve Jewish men and the Temple community, including educational events, social events, and support for Temple holiday services · Sponsors an Annual blood collection drive held at the Temple. · Works closely with Sinai House to support its activities · Jointly present gifts to Confirmands and B’nai Mitzvah students
WOMEN OF REFORM JUDAISM (WRJ) Robin Glantz firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 438-3616 Ilana Gordon email@example.com (301) 652-7973· Sponsors numerous educational, social action and study programs on topics of interest to Temple Sinai families; supports Temple youth through scholarships and gifts to college students, confirmands and b’nai/b’not mitzvah. · Organizes the community’s Second Seder.· Operates the congegation’s Judaica Shop and the yearly Chanukah Mart, TSWRJ’s major fundraiser. · Provides financial support for over 30 local, national and international charities and organizations.
SINAI HOUSE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Amy Schear firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 966-5235· Oversees the work of Sinai House, which provides housing at Sinai House for four homeless families, including children. Located in NW Washington, DC, Sinai House was purchased by the Temple Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation.
SINAITES · Enhances Jewish awareness of 9th-12th grade Temple Sinai student members and their participation in social action projects and social activities with other Jewish youth.
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