The following is a list of all the committees that help make Central Synagogue the place where Family, Faith and Friends are Central! For more information, or to join any of the committees, please call our temple administrator at (516) 766-4300 or email her and she will get you in touch with the committee chair.
The Building Committee supervises and updates the parsonage, and the congregation's buildings and grounds. Its members advise the Board of Trustees with respect to the acquisition, construction, alteration, and renovation of the congregation's property.
Chair: Judy Race
The Caring Community Committee is a multifaceted program of in-reach services for our congregational family. Among the projects sponsored by this committee are: Dinner with Friends; care visits; bereavement support; care rides; oral history project; intergenerational project; workshop series; and crisis intervention. Go to the Caring Community page.
Chair: Joe Liebman
The Cemetery Committee directs and supervises the care and maintenance of the cemetery properties owned by the congregation. Go to the Cemetery page.
Chair: Richard Carris
The aim of the College Committee is to maintain a connection with the college students of Central Synagogue. We provide greetings and gift packages for Chanukah, Purim and Passover, and look for opportunities to provide relevant information and literature such as opportunites for students to participate in Kesher either on their college campus or in national activities. See the Union for Reform Judaism's website for more information. Parents of college students are encouraged to join this committee.
Chair: David Flomenhaft
The Adult Education program develops and presents four stimulating educational programs each year. Regional subject matter experts present on a thematic array of Jewish history, practices, philosophy, as well as Israeli focused political or cultural topics. Audience participation and dialogue are encouraged. The program typicalyl occurs on Sunday morning with a full breakfast served.
Chair: Myra Plonsky
The Education Committee is comprised of volunteers with some educational experience, the synagogue president, a faculty liaison, the rabbi, and the religious school director. We are responsible for reviewing, implementing, and revising policies and procedures regarding the development of literate Jews. The committee discusses the planning and implementation of family education and intergenerational programs, faculty hiring and development, the school budget, student registration, the school calendar, and report card distribution. The committee also reviews the scheduling of family Shabbat services, conclaves, and special educational events. In addition, the use of our resource room in meeting the needs of special students is an ongoing process. Communication with the Board of Trustees and congregation helps maintain a supportive atmosphere within the synagogue.
Chair: Barbara Liebman
Freebirds is for anyone with an empty or nearly empty nest who is looking to build community while having fun with the rest of the flock through a wide range of activities. Go to the Freebirds page.
Finance and Budget
Chair: Richard Carris
The Finance and Budget committee prepares the proposed annual budget for submission to the Board of Trustees. The committee also suggests to the Board of Trustees ways and means to raise funds to meet the requirements of the Congregation.
Chair: Nina Roll and Randi Lipkin
The Fundraising Committee is charged with raising funds to help Central Synagogue grow and guarantee its survival for future generations. Yearly fundraising is a budget item and the goal of our committee is to raise at least a minimum and, at best, more than the annual budgeted amount. Always brainstorming and looking for members with new and innovative ideas to join the team, the Fundraising Committee is ever mindful that their purpose isn’t simply about money, the committee consists of member with varied backgrounds and multiple talents.
Chair: Jim Gelman
The Law Committee advises the officers and Board of Trustees with respect to legal issues, contractual obligations, and other matters that may affect the congregation or its interests.
Chair: Dot Feit
Together with our librarian, the Library Committee works continuously throughout the year to build and maintain our library's excellent collection of books, movies, music and magazines. They choose items for our growing collection, organize and present book and film discussions, create policy, and attend to our library's day to day tasks. It's the committee's priority to promote Jewish literacy and ensure that high quality materials are easily available to congregants. Go to the Library page.
Chair: Jeff Kirsch
The Membership Committee is responsible for maintaining and expanding our congregational family by fostering a sense of belonging. We seek out the unaffiliated, inviting them into our community, and keep in touch to encourage their involvement in the life of our temple. We contact former members as well, to explore the possibility of their rejoining. We welcome the non-Jewish partners of our members, and create programs to educate the congregation about outreach issues. The committee manages our temple website and coordinates the flow of publicity and other information using local newspapers, mailers, social media and other electronic means. Go to the Membership page.
Chair: Neil Hixon
The Ritual Committee works to enhance the congregation's spiritual connection to the worship community by talking and listening to congregants about our services and meeting with clergy to discuss the feedback we receive.
The goal of Central's Social Action Committee is tikkun olam, repairing the world. The committe works towards this goal through a balance of gemilut hasadim (loving kindness), providing direct help to those in need, tzedakah (justice), advocacy to get to the roots of poverty and injustice, and Talmud/Torah (study and education) guided by the principles and values of Reform Judaism. The committee usually meets once a month. Go to the Social Action page.
Chair: Dot Feit
The Yoga Committee is committed to helping make the synagogue a place which is central to our lives by providing a welcome oasis in which fun and friendship are key. Since 2009, this committee has promoted a variety of classes to congregants and to the community, offering the beneficial practice of yoga under the guidance of our wonderful teacher, Suzy Gelman. Go to the Yoga page.
Young Families Together
Contact: Cantor Rachel Kohlbrenner
Young Families Together is dedicated to creating events and activities for Central Synagogue's youngest members (newborn through college age) and their families. From age appropriate worship services to potluck dinners, there are many opportunities for families to come together. Go to the Young Families Together page.
Cotact: Cantor Rachel Kohlbrenner
The purpose of the Youth Committee is to promote social, spiritual, cultural, and educational activities of the young people of the congregation. It acts as a liaison between the youth programs and the Board of Trustees, and supervises the youth advisor. Go to the Youth page.