Committees & Organization Leadership

Temple Sinai is a community that values the active engagement of members in leadership and community-building. Committees and Task Forces work in partnership with staff to help shape the direction of temple life and to utilize members with particular interests and skills. All committees are established by the Board of Trustees. Committee chairs and members are appointed by the temple president. All task forces or special advisors to the Board of Trustees are also appointed by the president. Affiliate Organizations, established through the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), are independent affiliates of Temple Sinai. Members of Temple Sinai also serve on national boards of organizations under the URJ umbrella.

Committees

 

Administration We provide guidance regarding office functions and general management of the congregation working in close coordination with the Executive Director. David Wessel
wessel.sinai@gmail.com
(202) 244-7118
Archives We preserve the history of Temple Sinai by collecting and organizing its documents and photographs. We welcome new volunteers and are especially interested in finding people to research and write about the history of Temple Sinai. Susan Schiffer
susanschiffer@hotmail.com
(202) 966-3947
Building & Grounds We oversee the repair and maintenance of the physical plant and grounds, and ensure adherence to environmental “green” principles. Marta Goldsmith
marta.v.goldsmith@gmail.com
(202)966-1306
Cemetery We coordinate the sale and marketing of Temple Sinai section at Garden of Remembrance Cemetery. Ted Rosen
gted666@gmail.com
(301) 530-3403
Daytimers We plan monthly lunch-time programs and speakers, giving congregants opportunities for socializing and providing them with new insights on a variety of topics. Ron Merrill
RNLMerrill@msn.com
(301) 365-0894
Development We work closely with the Director of Development, the Clergy and the Executive Director to create and oversee a plan for raising needed funds for temple operations and designated strategic priorities through philanthropic contributions and support. Ken Jaffe
ken.jaffe@gmail.com
(301) 951-7002
Finance, Audit & Investment We act on behalf of the Board of Trustees to oversee management of temple finances, including the annual audit and investment decisions, making regular reports to the board to support the Board’s fiduciary responsibilities. Marcie Solomon
marcie.solomon@gmail.com
(202) 362-4331
Green Team We develop environmentally conscious improvements at Temple Sinai and encourage similar commitments at the individual and community levels. We have also established a network to inform members about environmental programs, challenges, and opportunities at the local, regional, national, and global level as well as facilitate and coordinate action. Regina Ziegler
zieglerrg@gmail.com
(301) 530-7607
Robyn Miller-Tarnoff
robynmt@comcast.net
(301) 320-4491
Israel Affairs We help Temple Sinai engage in dialogue about Israeli current events in ways that reflect and respect the diverse perspectives within the congregation while also affirming Reform Judaism’s position of support for the ideals upon which Israel was founded. Mindy Garfinkel mindy20814@gmail.com
(301) 530-5228
Library We work to maintain and expand our collection of Jewish materials for congregants of all ages, assisting in strengthening and enhancing our Jewish knowledge and identity. Sue Levine
levsue@gmail.com
Herb Mintz
mintzh@comcast.net
(202) 494-4026
Membership We celebrate new members and honor long-time members at our Member Celebration Shabbat each year. We personally deliver new members a Shabbat welcome bag, plan and organize small group gatherings throughout the year, and provide outreach to prospective members. Jill Chenok
chenokj@gmail.com
(301) 652-2941
TSMRJ We coordinate a variety of activities designed to serve Jewish men and the temple community, including educational events, social events, and support for temple holiday services. Andrew Mannes
amannes@gmail.com
(301) 656-5552
Multiracial Sinai We provide guidance in affirming Temple Sinai’s identity as a multiracial congregation and in identifying opportunities for improvement in aspects of our congregational life. We are committed to guiding Temple Sinai in becoming an affirmatively antiracist congregation through education, training, affinity groups and other programming.
Cathy Goldwyn
cgoldwyn1@icloud.com
(301) 946-0145
Deitra Reiser
deitralou@gmail.com
Music We work with Senior Cantor Laura Croen to bring a wide range of vibrant musical programs, along with related festive dinners and onegs, to our community. Stephanie Lebow
lebow.stephanie@gmail.com
(202) 271-7327
Myra Weinberg
myrafrances54@gmail.com
(301) 320-5365
Nursery School We work with the Nursery School Director to review and establish policy, support the Nursery School and the Nursery School Parent Association. Julia Kepniss
julialichtman@hotmail.com (301) 215-7395
Julius Weiss
juliusbweiss@gmail.com
(202) 686-5359
Religious School We work with the Director of the Religious School to review and establish school policies and support the educational program, teaching staff, and Director. Deborah Eichhorn
deichhorn111@msn.com
(301) 657-2760
Ritual We work with clergy to review ritual policies and practices for Shabbat, High Holy Day and festival services, and life cycle events. Mike Raibman
mikeraibman@gmail.com
(301) 915-0080
SinaiCares We provide support to members at times of illness, loss, hardship and celebration. We use volunteers to visit members and to deliver challahs, yahrzeit candles and baby baskets and we arrange transportation for members to Temple Sinai. Laura Govoni-Sibarium
lgovsib@comcast.net
(301) 588-4435
Sinai House We oversee the work of Sinai House, which provides housing at Sinai House for four homeless families, including children. Located in NW Washington, DC, Sinai House was purchased by the Temple Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation. Amy Schear
aischear@starpower.net
(202) 966-5235
Social Action We coordinate social action programming based on collaboration with clergy and Board leadership reflecting priorities identified by the membership. We formulate positions on critical social justice issues for Temple Sinai and develop and implement local strategies to work toward achieving them. Glenn Engelmann
glenn.engelmann@gmail.com (202) 450-5716
Strategic Planning We oversee development and implementation of the Strategic Plan and report progress to the Board and the Congregation. Marsha Shaines
marsha.shaines@gmail.com
(301) 946-1482
TSWRJ We enrich and strengthen the spiritual, cultural, and social life of TSWRJ members and promotes the education and welfare of the congregation, including social justice. We use a Jewish lens to approach everything we do: programming, education, social justice and community. We sharpen leadership skills through training and engagement. We draw broadly from the temple’s membership and participate in temple-wide programs and initiatives. We follow best practices in governance and financial management. Nancy Liebermann
nancyliebermann@gmail.com (301) 652-2036
Lisa Tucker
lisahtucker@yahoo.com
(202) 364-6534