Har Sinai thrives on the involvement of its dedicated member volunteers. There are many ways to get involved!
Arms of the Temple
Chair, Janice Selinger Kline
Creates interactive, informational programming, utilizing the combined efforts of representatives from the arms of the temple.
Building & Grounds
Maintains and repairs the temple’s facility and grounds.
Phillip Griffin and Michael Goodman, Co-Chairs
Har Sinai Temple began nearly 165 years ago with the formation of the Har Sinai Cemetery Association in 1857 in Trenton, New Jersey. The Cemetery Committee maintains Ewing and Greenwood cemeteries and oversees the selling of plots in Har Sinai areas of local cemeteries.
Covid-19 Task Force
Chair, Janice Selinger Kline
Evaluates and implements necessary plans of action for the safety of our members, employees, and guests as required due to ever-changing federal and state guidelines regarding social distancing, cleaning standards, and PPE (personal protective equipment).
Chair, Gail Cohen
Manages the investments of funds that ensure the viability of Har Sinai Temple in the future.
Finance & Budget
Prepares the annual budget and makes suggestions to the Board regarding the allocation of funds.
Develops projects to augment dues revenue.
Chair, Rita Allen
Maintains the Temple’s extensive library collection and implements special educational programs.
Develops a vision of the future of the congregation and helps devise specific programs and ideas to realize that vision.
Chairs, Lisa Kimmelman and Debra Mannella
Recruits prospective members and engages new members. Plans programs and activities that help with membership retention.
Racial Justice Committee
Chair: Peter Buchsbaum
This committee combats racism by:
- Educating our Adult Community on various aspects of racism
- Educating our Children in the Religious School
- Working with other synagogues, churches and groups that are doing this work
Religious Education / Parent-Teacher B’Yachad
Hannah McCollum and Ada Gallicchio, Co-Chairs
Our Religious Education Committee brings the experience and leadership of our Rabbi and Religious School Director together with our valued parents and congregation volunteers.
Our group is designed to support the school by creating a partnership between HST parents, teachers, and administrators — cultivating an experience of collaboration and sharing in the objectives of our Religious School programming. Our work includes supporting projects and events, engaging volunteers, fundraising, developing recruitment strategies to build enrollment, and celebrating and our amazing faculty members who make it all possible. The Religious Education Committee partners with the Director of Education and other influencers at our Temple to create special programming that adds to the curriculum, on vital topics such as Anti-Racism Education, Social Justice activism, Holocaust Education, and Environmental Protection. Above all, our Religious Education Committee advocates for the students and provides an environment for sharing, contributing, guiding, and idea-vetting to ensure a positive and inspiring learning/teaching experience for all involved.
Chair, Jill Schwartz
The role of the Har Sinai Temple’s Religious Practices Committee is to evaluate our rituals, observances, and Shabbat and holiday services – and find ways to elevate and improve the experience for all. Committee members meet several times a year and work directly with Rabbi Goldson and Cantor Green to embrace traditional and modern Jewish practice that is meaningful to our members — and we have fun planning new, innovative services for our congregation.
Last year, during the pandemic, members of the Religious Practices Committee spearheaded an effort to deliver High Holiday giftbags to every member of the congregation. The bags brought treats and smiles to our congregants, many of whom were feeling very isolated at the height of COVID-19 restrictions. This is just one of the many ways this Committee comes together to ensure we stay together as a community.
This Committee provides a hands-on, creative opportunity to work with our Clergy and make meaningful impact. We welcome new members and embrace new ideas that enable us to grow together as a spiritual family.
Chair, Jay Greenberg, Co-chair, Nancy Feldman
Tikkun Olam, repairing the world by working to address hunger, peace, and social justice.
Chair, Ariel Schwartz
Provides expertise to guide our technology and its use, managing our website and social media. Ensures that our audio/visual equipment and communication systems are up-to-date. systems.
Wednesday Matinee Club
Chairs, Myrna Speert, Barbara Goodman, and Laura Reiser
Coordinates Broadway plays outings for a club of over 100 women.