Committees

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We are delighted that you are part of our Beth Hillel Synagogue family. We welcome your involvement! Your participation in synagogue committees is vital and appreciated. Volunteer opportunities span the spectrum of our synagogue life. Time commitments vary from one-time activities to long-term efforts so there is something for everyone. Please give of your time. We need you! For more information about the specifics of each committee, please contact the committee chair.

Adult Education

The Adult Education committee goal is a mighty one: continue providing adult education in traditional ways (home study groups, for example) while exploring new ideas to involve all of our congregants.

Co-chairs: Myrna Schaffman (860)-242-2480 and Tobie Katz (860)-243-5672

Beth Hillel Cemetery

The cemetery committee of the Beth Hillel Memorial Park supervises all activity at the Park and employs a landscaper to do grounds maintenance. The committee meets quarterly to review policies and procedures.

Chair: Mel Marcus (860)-242-2602

Brotherhood

An egalitarian services affiliate whose mission is to enhance the Beth Hillel and secular community when possible, the Brotherhood meets regularly at Beth Hillel and sponsors various functions throughout the year. Programs are open to the entire congregation. The Brotherhood also contributes funds annually for the purchase of equipment and other building improvements. New members are always needed to help.

Chair: Mark Goldberg (860)-673-1361

Chesed Caring Community

This committee is involved in reaching out to those in need. This can be done by making phone calls, visiting, sending cards to congregants who are ill, bereached, disabled, or isolated. Whether through get-well and stay-in-touch cards, delivering challot and grape juice before Shabbat, arranging rides to synagogue services and programs, visiting congregants in nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, we as a community can help.

Fundraising

The Fundraising committee offers an opportunity to plan and implement events designed to raise funds each year for the operating budget of the synagogue.

Honorial and Memorial

The Honorial and Memorial committee has spent countless hours improving the look and feel of Beth Hillel Synagogue. They have worked on the Sanctuary, the Social Hall, and the Library among many others.

House

Chair:  Tobie Katz (860)-243-5672

Membership

This committee works hard to bring in new members and retain our present members. We try to have activities and programs that will engage and recognize new and current members.

Chair: Tammi Krausharr (860)-878-4299

Minyonnaires

This committee supports the synagogue by attending services, providing breakfasts three mornings a week after services. Sponsors and cooks for Shabbat Under the Stars, BBQ, Fish-fest. They provide ritual items and work closely with the Ritual Committee.

Chair:  Mark Goldberg

Office Volunteers

This pool of congregants help out in the office with answering phones, mailings, and other assorted jobs that are vital in helping the synagogue office run smoothly.

Contact: Susan Fried (860)-242-5561

Publicity

For the many photographers and journalists, this committee will submit press releases, photos and articles to our local papers – including the Jewish Ledger and the Hartford Courant.

Chair: Tobie Katz (860)-243-5672

Ritual

This committee performs many functions for our congregational community. We have captains who help to ensure that we have minyanim. We constantly evaluate our daily, Shabbat, Holiday and High Holy Day Services.

Co-Chairs: Marla Cohen, David Nemirow, and Richard Gutcheon (860)-904-7556

Scholarship

The Scholarship committee determines the criteria for and distribution of the resources that are made available by the synagogue endowed scholarship funds.

Chair: Paula Baram

Sisterhood

Sisterhood is an integral arm of the worldwide Conservative/ Masorti Movement. The Beth Hillel sisterhood offers programs of interest to Jewish women of all ages and holds several fundraisers throughout the year that support Beth Hillel Synagogue and the Jewish Theological Seminary Torah Fund. The sisterhood also manages the Gift Shop and the Beth Hillel Kitchen. Volunteers are needed for a variety of committees.

Chair:  Phyllis Berman

Social Action

Beth Hillel Synagogue congregants work to alleviate the economic and social conditions that have precipitated the growing need to staff food kitchens, donate clothes and food, and extend hospitality to the sick. In an unredeemed world, the Torah and Talmud instruct us to participate in social justice in the tradition of mipnei tikkun ha’olam, for the sake of sustaining or repairing the world in which we live. Given our laws and tradition, it is no accident that Jews have been in the forefront of movements for social change and social justice. To keep this legacy alive our Committee works with other groups to build a community that improves the quality of life for all.

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