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Share Your Passion

Our committees drive our direction and enable us to thrive as a congregation. Share your passion by joining a committee. It will connect you in a meaningful way with the community and open opportunities to get to know your fellow congregants.

Please contact us to learn more or join a committee.

Adult Education Committee

We believe that a lifelong thirst for knowledge and critical exploration of topics—biblical or contemporary—helps us to maintain a vital connection to our Judaism and to each other. We aim to involve members of all ages in classes, lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops.
Contact: Carole Kantor,


Caring Committee

The Caring Committee assists the clergy in acts of comfort and kindness for the members of the congregation. We seek to make Temple Beth El a place where every congregant can feel supported and thought of in times of need. Our Caring Committee consists of a direct service task force and a steering committee. Let us know about opportunities to serve our congregants, or join us to care for others.
Contact: Lyn Malofsky,


Communications Committee

The Communications Committee works closely with Temple staff to establish a marketing and communications agenda and to ensure that the messaging from and about Temple Beth El is consistent and effective. The committee offers guidance on content for the Temple Bulletin, website, emails, social media, and more.
Contact: Nancy Brower,

Development Committee

The Development Committee sets the vision for and manages the overall fundraising strategy for Temple Beth El. Contact: Howard Erlanger,; Amy Fields,

House Committee

The House Committee assists the administration in maintaining the building and property of the congregation in good order and repair. Our charge is to maintain the building in good order to keep our congregants safe and comfortable. Our work is everywhere but is largely invisible. If the thought of working with a fun, talented group of people who enjoy making things better while avoiding the limelight makes you smile, please join us, especially if you have technical expertise, such as skills with buildings, architecture, landscaping, electricity, furniture, plumbing, or security.
Contact: Marlene Barmish,

Kesher/Israel Committee

The mission of this committee is to enhance the commonality of Jewish life between Israel and the Diaspora. We seek to establish and strengthen relationships between members of Temple Beth El and members of Progressive congregations and institutions in Israel.
Learn more about how we create connections with Israel.
Contact: Joanna Berke,

Madison's Jews' Next Dor

MJND offers a range of social, educational, and networking events for Jewish people in their 20s & 30s in Madison. Recent events include Torah on Tap and Shabbat dinners.  Learn more and find Madison’s Jews’ Next Dor on Facebook.
Contact: Molly Fields,

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee welcomes newcomers to our community, encourages them to get involved, and engages our current members in ongoing activities.
Contact: Suzanne Wolf,

Men's Club

The Temple Beth El Men’s Club is a group of men of all ages who get together to do mitzvah projects, socialize, connect, and learn together. Our activities include a monthly book club, an annual retreat, sukkah building, and ushering at High Holy Day services.
Contact: Marc Herstand,

Music Committee

The mission of the Music Committee is to enhance the entire congregation’s Temple experience by supporting, assisting, and advising the cantor in providing a wide range of high-quality music at TBE that is spiritually and musically satisfying, meaningful, and accessible to the congregation. This committee is open to anyone with an interest in aspects of Jewish music at TBE, including services, choir, our T’filah Band, youth and congregational song leading, and managing and improving our sound system, as well as special events such as concerts.
Contact: Dale Kaufman,

Outreach Committee

Temple Beth El welcomes members from varied backgrounds, and strives to educate members of the general community in Judaism and Jewish culture. Through our Outreach Committee and its work, we provide educational opportunities for learning about Judaism for members of the synagogue and general communities, find new ways to enhance the way that we integrate and retain members of the Temple community, and increase the appreciation for the perpetuation of Jewish life and community. Contact: Stephen LaBelle,

Personnel Committee

This committee advises the board about present and future personnel needs and recommend policies and procedures governing the terms and conditions of Temple employees.
Contact: Susanna Goldberg,

Program Committee

This committee creates programs and events that build community among the members of Temple Beth El, including our annual congregational retreat as well as many social gatherings and holiday celebrations.
Contact: David Gundersen,

Religious Practices Committee

With the guidance of the rabbi and cantor, the Religious Practices Committee reviews the rituals and observances to enrich Jewish practice. We also work with other appropriate committees to enhance Jewish home rituals.
Contacts: Leslie Coff, and Jodi Harris,

Religious School Committee

Collaborating with the Director of Lifelong Learning and other TBE staff, the
Religious School Committee provides policy support and feedback to help shape the religious education experience at Temple and enable our children to receive the most fulfillment from their religious education.
Contact: Joshua Arnold,

Sisterhood (Women of Reform Judaism)

Our Sisterhood welcomes all women in our congregation to join as members, and the entire congregation is invited to Sisterhood programs and events. With Sisterhood, you’ll learn, share, and connect while helping one another and our community. Learn more and join Sisterhood.
Contact: Linda Reivitz,

Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee organizes programs and projects that engage the congregation in the Jewish mandates of social justice and tikkun olam, making our world a better place. The committee offers the congregation opportunities to perform service to the community. It provides education and takes action on larger social justice issues.  
Contacts: Sherie Sondel, and Marcia Vandercook,

Trust Committee

The Trust Committee is responsible for the oversight of all endowment fund activities.

Urgency of Now

The Urgency of Now Initiative focuses on building power and momentum across North America by engaging Reform congregations in issue-specific social justice work that enables congregants to benefit and learn from one another.
To receive updates and additional information, please fill out our interest form.
Betsy Abramson,
Marta Karlov,
Mary Fulton,
Erica Serlin,
Lynn Silverman,


The Youth Committee offers exciting opportunities for 3–18 year olds to participate in youth groups and events. We believe participating in social activities, social justice, and worship programming with other Jews is the best way to keep our kids engaged and invested in their Judaism and to help improve our world. Learn more about our youth groups. Learn more about our youth groups.
Contact: David Bookstaff,

September 16, 2019 16 Elul 5779