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

RITUAL

RITUAL COMMITTEE
Mike Raibman mikeraibman@gmail.com (301) 915-0080
· Works with clergy to evaluate and establish ritual policies, for Shabbat, Festivals, and High Holy Day services, life cycle events, and funeral practices.

EDUCATION AND PROGRAMMING

DAYTIMERS
Ron Merrill RNLMerrill@msn.com (301) 365-0894
· Provides monthly lunch-time programs featuring speakers on a variety of issues.
· Affords an opportunity for socialization among congregants in addition to providing them with new insights on topics of general interest.

LIBRARY COMMITTEE
Sue Levine levsue@gmail.com
Herb Mintz mintzh@comcast.net (301) 983-6651

· Provides an accessible and inviting atmosphere for congregants of all ages, from Nursery School children through the adult scholar, interested in materials of Jewish content and culture.
· Works to maintain and expand the collection of Jewish materials related to strengthening and enhancing Jewish knowledge and identity.

MUSIC COMMITTEE
Stephanie Lebow lebow.stephanie@gmail.com (202) 271-7327
Myra Weinberg myrafrances54@gmail.com 
(301) 320-5365
· Organizes varied musical programming at Temple Sinai in close coordination with the Cantor.

NURSERY SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Julia Kepniss julialichtman@hotmail.com (301) 215-7395
Julius Weiss juliusbweiss@gmail.com (202) 686-5359
· Works with the Nursery School Director to review and establish policy.
· Supports the Nursery School and the Nursery School Parent Association.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Deborah Eichhorn deichhorn111@msn.com (301) 657-2760
· Works with Director of Religious School to establish and review school policies, provide input and feedback on educational programming and budget proposals, serve as a liaison with parents, and support teaching staff.

MEMBERSHIP

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Jill Chenok chenokj@gmail.com, (301) 652-2941
· Develops a Membership Recruitment and Retention Plan in close coordination with clergy, staff and Board leadership as well as other program related committees. Implements appropriate sections of the Membership Plan directly and monitors its implementation by other related committees. Updates the Membership Plan as needed,
· Reports to the Board quarterly regarding the implementation of the Membership Plan.
· Reviews membership data regularly and reports trends to the Board.
· Plans social events for prospective and new members to both familiarize prospective members with the temple and to welcome new members into the Temple Sinai community.

SINAICARES COMMITTEE 
Laura Govoni-Sibarium lgovsib@comcast.net (301)588-4435
· Established in loving memory of Kathie Rabinovitz, a Temple Sinai member devoted to helping those in need. Learn more.
· At times of illness, loss, hardship, or convalescence, SinaiCares can facilitate visits by trained volunteers in the home, at a senior residence, or at a care facility.

SOCIAL ACTION, EMERGING ISSUES, AND ISRAEL AFFAIRS

GREEN TEAM
Regina Ziegler zieglerrg@gmail.com (301) 530-7607
Robyn Miller-Tarnoff RobynMT@comcast.net (301) 320-4491
· Helps develop environmentally conscious improvements at Temple Sinai and encourages, through education and action, similar commitments on the individual, community, national, and global level.
· Currently focusing on solar energy, recycling, and water conservation and quality.

ISRAEL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Mindy Garfinkel mindy20814@gmail.com (301) 530-5228
· Works to ensure that Temple Sinai engages 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.

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Glenn Engelmann glenn.engelmann@gmail.com (202) 450-5716
· Coordinates Temple-wide multi-year community based social action programming based on a plan developed collaboratively with clergy, senior staff, Board leadership and reflecting priorities identified by the membership.
· Serves as a clearinghouse and resource for other shorter -term social action initiatives identified by other Temple Sinai committees or affiliates to ensure that Temple Sinai social action reflects that themes and priorities identified by the Board.
· Makes grants through the Temple Sinai Fund for the Needy to Washington DC area non-profit organizations.
· Formulates positions on critical social justice issues (e.g. DC Voting Rights, Darfur) for Temple Sinai and develops and implements local strategies to work toward achieving them. Where appropriate, the committee will recommend that an action be taken by the Board or the congregation.
· Establishes subcommittees, as needed, to direct attention to emerging issues of importance.

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT, AND FINANCES

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
David Wessel wessel.sinai@gmail.com (202) 244-7118
· Provides guidance regarding front and back office functions, billing, insurance, personnel, computer operations, and general management of the congregation working in close coordination with the Executive Director.

ARCHIVES COMMITTEE
Susan Schiffer susanschiffer@hotmail.com (202) 966-3947
· Develops policy and oversees the retention of materials of historical importance to the congregation.

AUDIT COMMITTEE (Standing Committee)
Dianne Rudo dsrudo@aol.com (301) 907-8248
· Recommends the engagement of independent auditors to the Board, meets with auditors concerning scope of the temple’s annual audit, reviews audited financial statements and submits them to the Board.
· Assesses the Temple’s internal controls and makes recommendations to the Executive Director and Temple Board as needed.

FINANCE COMMITTEE (Standing Committee)
Deborah Lewis deborahjlewis@starpower.net (202) 255-6806
· Acts on behalf of the Board to oversee management of Temple Sinai’s finances and makes regular reports to the board to support the Board’s fiduciary responsibilities.
· Reviews monthly reports and approves all major expenditures from special funds.
· Prepares, in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Temple Sinai operating budget and capital and building fund budgets based on input from all major Temple Committees and from the Building Operations Committee. Building Operations Committee Chair serves as ex-officio member of the Budget and Finance Committee.
· Reviews all budget and finance related Temple Sinai policies and makes recommendations for changes to the Board as needed.
· Develops and updates as needed, long-term financial projections and a related business plan.
· Oversees the temple’s investment portfolio, including Endowment and other funds.

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
Marsha Shaines marsha.shaines@gmail.com ((301) 946-1482
· Oversees implementation of the Long Range Plan and reports progress to the Board and the Congregation. Directly manages the implementation of the Governance, Leadership and Administration goal of the Long Range Plan. Works on an interim basis until such time as the Board establishes a new Long Range Planning task force with the charge of updating the Long Range Plan.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE (Standing Committee)
· Committee members are elected annually according to the Temple Sinai bylaws and are charged with preparing a slate of officers and Board members to serve the congregation.

TEMPLE SINAI CEMETERY AT GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE COMMITTEE
Ted Rosen gted666@gmail.com (301) 530-3403
· Coordinates the sale and marketing of Temple Sinai section at Garden of Remembrance Cemetery

BUILDING AND GROUNDS

BUILDING COMMITTEE
Marta Goldsmith marta.v.goldsmith@gmail.com (202) 966-1306
· Oversees the repair and maintenance of the physical plant, its surroundings and grounds, the maintenance staff, and the use of all facilities and fees.
· Works to ensure the building operations’ adherence to environmental “green” principles.
· SAFETY & SECURITY ADVISOR
· Develops policy and procedures dealing with the maintenance and enhancement of safe and secure operations at Temple Sinai.
· Works with the executive director to develop annual security budget and recommend related capital expenditures.

Affiliate Organizations

MEN OF REFORM JUDAISM (MRJ)
Andrew Mannes temple.sinai.dc.mrj@gmail.com (301) 656-5552
· Supports the Temple with a variety of activities designed to serve Jewish men and the Temple community, including educational events, social events, and support for Temple holiday services
· Works closely with Sinai House to support its activities
· Jointly present gifts to Confirmands and B’nai Mitzvah students

WOMEN OF REFORM JUDAISM (WRJ)
Rita Brickman rita_brickman@verizon.net  
· Sponsors numerous educational, social action and study programs on topics of interest to Temple Sinai families; supports Temple youth through scholarships and gifts to college students, confirmands and b’nai/b’not mitzvah.
· Organizes the community’s Second Seder.
· Operates the congegation’s Judaica Shop and the yearly Chanukah Mart, TSWRJ’s major fundraiser.
· Provides financial support for over 30 local, national and international charities and organizations.

SINAI HOUSE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amy Schear aischear@starpower.net (202) 966-5235
· Oversees 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.