At its 98th Annual Meeting on June 11, 2017, The Emanuel Synagogue installed new officers and trustees. Pictured (from left to right) are Lisa Behan, Treasurer, David Bomzer, First Vice-President, Elysa Graber-Lipperman, President, Dr. Sheila Silverman, Chair of the Board, Marsha Wolfberg, Second Vice-President, Andrea Goldenberg, Secretary, Peter Graber-Lipperman, Mark Luster, Assistant Treasurer, Fred Spaeth, Jeff Adler, Mitch Jaffe, and Reesa Olins (Rona Gollob not pictured).
President Elysa Graber-Lipperman
1st Vice President David Bomzer
2nd Vice President Marsha Wolfberg
3rd Vice President Open
Treasurer Lisa Behan
Assistant Treasurer Mark Luster
Secretary Andrea Goldenberg
Assistant Secretary Open
Chair of the Board Dr. Sheila Silverman
Life member: Dr. Sheila Silverman
For Term Ending 2018
Lisa Behan, Rona Gollob*, Peter Graber-Lipperman*, Andrea Goldenberg, Mark Luster, Kevin O’Connell, David Epstein *, Mel Simon, Danielle Weiss
For Term Ending 2019
Dr. Hilda Slivka*, David Bomzer, Dr. Louis Brown, Fay deHaas, Meyer Frankel, Susan Kurtis, Lisa Levy, Elysa Graber-Lipperman, Ken Malley
For Term Ending 2020
Jeff Adler*, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, Amy Dembo, Mitch Jaffe*, Llyn Kaimowitz, Michael Kamins, Reesa Olins*, Monique Faison Ross, Fred Spaeth*
The Board of Trustees, consisting of twenty-seven members, generally meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to members of the congregation. Please check with the synagogue office for any changes to the regular schedule.
Committee chairs may be reached by calling the synagogue office 860-236-1275 or by personal email addresses below.
Adult Education Identifies interest and needs for adult education programs/activities in order to develop and implement programs in conjunction with the professional staff.
CONTACT Gail Adler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Determines artwork to be hung at the synagogue and ensures that artwork, plaques, and other items are hung properly.
CONTACT Phyllis Nova, email@example.com
Board of Education Works with our Director of Education to oversee the operation of the Religious School.
CONTACT Deb Goldberg, firstname.lastname@example.org Carolyn Sorkin, email@example.com
B’Yadeynu (Social Justice) Promotes causes of social justice, helps those in need, and reaches out to local and national communities.
CONTACT Risa Davidson, firstname.lastname@example.org Janet Wallans email@example.com
Hesed (Caring) Provides comfort and support to our Emanuel community in times of need and joy.
CONTACT Gail Rappaport, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cemetery Works in conjunction with the Executive Director to oversee the sale and maintenance of cemetery plots and administrative issues related to the running of the cemetery in conjunction with the Executive Director. CONTACT Jeremy Weingast, email@example.com Jeff Rudolph firstname.lastname@example.org Saul Pasternack email@example.com
Chevra Kadisha (“Holy Society”) Sees to it that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Halakha (Jewish law) and protected from desecration until burial.
CONTACT Faith Helene, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Dues and Assessments Works in conjunction with the Executive Director to adjust dues and make financial considerations for congregants.
CONTACT Mark Luster email@example.com
Endowment Committee Sets investment policy for Endowment Funds, oversees investments working with a professional financial planner, and promotes new funds and planned giving.
CONTACT Naomi Kleinman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance Formulates and provides oversight of the budget during the year and has responsibility for approving major expenses prior to Board of Trustees’ approval.
CONTACT Amy Dembo, email@example.com
Fundraising Plans and executes all events designed to raise additional funds for the synagogue.
Gabbai (Torah Service Assistant) Appoints, trains, and assigns congregants to be gabbayim who help with the Torah services and coordinate bimah protocol (e.g., handing out aliyot).
CONTACT Joe Bacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Team, responsible for planning and overseeing environmental initiatives. Like to join us or have an idea to share? Contact: email@example.com
House Committee Works in conjunction with the Executive Director to oversee improvements and maintenance of the physical plant.
CONTACT Kevin O’Connell, firstname.lastname@example.org Howard Smith email@example.com Rick Lasker firstname.lastname@example.org
Israel Solidarity Part of the B’yadeynu Committee, this group addresses the crisis in Israel through education, advocacy, and support.
CONTACT Risa Davidson, email@example.com
Membership Works to increase membership, monitor membership satisfaction, and review lapsed or cancelled memberships.
Music Helps Hazzan Cohn to plan musical events, including publicity and format.
CONTACT Regina Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ritual Composed of congregants and advised by our rabbi and cantor, this committee establishes and maintains the religious standards of The Emanuel Synagogue and promotes the practice of living as a Conservative Jew.
CONTACT Don Miller, email@example.com
Scholarship Committee reviews and acts on requests for scholarships for USY and Jewish summer camp programs.
CONTACT Jay Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Usher Recruits, trains, and assigns congregants to be of assistance during Shabbat and holiday services.
CONTACT Joanne Pasternack, SAULJO66@aol.com.