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Board of Trustees

Rozan Anderson, President

Steven Lipton, President Elect

Gwen Jacobsohn, Second Vice President

Leslie Coff Secretary, Religious Practices Committee Chair

Jane Taves, Financial Secretary

Boris Nenide, Treasurer

Linda Reivitz, Sisterhood President

Dan Esser, Immediate Past President

David Bookstaff, Youth Committee Chair

Allyn Bress, Trustee

Nancy Brower, Communications Committee Chair

MollyFields, 20s & 30s Committee Chair

Is Fine, Lifetime Trustee

David Gundersen, Program Committee Chair

BarbaraKatz, Personnel Committee Chair

Dale Kaufman, Trustee, Music Committee representative

Garrett Kennedy, MaTTY President

Zylah Kniaz, Trustee

Stephen LaBelle, Outreach Committee Chair

James Mackman, Urgency of Now Campaign Co-chair

Sherie Sondel, Social Action Committee Co-chair

Barry Wein, Development Committee Chair

Suzanne Wolf, Membership Committee Chair


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

Adult education is an important part of communal life at Temple Beth El. 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. The Adult Education Committee works to sustain, nurture, and develop both existing and new learning activities. We aim to involve members of all ages in classes, lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops.

Budget Committee

The Budget Committee makes a detailed estimate of income and expenses, submits a proposed operating budget, and proposes a capital budget.

Caring Committee

The Caring Committee assists the clergy in acts of comfort and kindness for the members of the congregation. We emphasize the importance of the individual within the larger community. The Caring Committee seeks to make Temple Beth El a place where every congregant can feel supported and thought of in times of need. The Caring Committee consists of two connected groups: a direct service task force and a steering committee.

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 with our brand and adheres to our style guide. The committee offers guidance on content for the Temple Bulletin, website, emails, and social media. The committee also participates in the creation and review of collateral materials for special events (invitations, programs, etc.).

Development Committee


Finance Committee


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.

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.

Membership Committee

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

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.

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.

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.

Program Committee

This committee creates programs and events that build community among the members of Temple Beth El.

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.

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.

Social Action Committee

The purpose of the Social Action Committee is to organize programs and projects that engage the congregation in the Jewish mandates of social justice and provide opportunities for tikkun olam. The committee offers the congregation opportunities to perform service to the community. It provides education and takes action on larger social justice issues.

Trust Committee

Urgency of Now Steering Committee


Youth Committee

We offer exciting opportunities for 3–18 year olds to participate in various 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 Judaism and to help improve our world. The Youth Committee guides these efforts and programming.

January 20, 2019 14 Sh'vat 5779