Get Involved

Get Involved!

Here at Adat Shalom, our connection and involvement secures us as a community of compassion and care. As we work and play together in meaningful activities, we can make a difference at Adat Shalom and beyond!

Where to start?

Just look for an activity that matters to you. Ask yourself what do you care about and what attracted you to this community? Make life long friends and discover new skills as you... GET INVOLVED!

What follows is the list of Program Council Committees where you will find descriptions of each committee's purpose, along with invitations to GET INVOLVED.

Contact the chairpoerson via email or look them up in your director for a phone call to inquire about a committee that interests you.

PROGRAM COUNCIL AND OTHER COMMITTEES:

Program Council Committees:

Community Connections

Karen Fierst This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Diane Horn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Community Connections Committee works to improve the quality of life for our members by stimulating connections and involvement, thereby fostering a shared identity among congregants.

  • Always grateful for village volunteers willing to host new members in their village for Shabbat dinner.
  • We would also like two people--one representing the Womens' Groups and one representing the Mussar groups to be the point person for congregants who want information about the groups or want assistance in starting a new group.
  • For information about our men and women's groups as well as our club activities. Click here to learn about Chuggim.
  • We would also love to have a few people to help to conduct exit interviews with folks who have left the congregation (a pretty sensitive job).

Family Programming

Melissa Crow This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Noam Unger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Caroline Wadhams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family Programming enriches the social and spiritual lives of Adat Shalom families with children through the fifth grade by offering special family events throughout the year and Tot Shabbat services at Adat Shalom on Shabbat mornings.

• Family programming would like to have many families involved so that each family creates and plans an event or activity for the year. In this manner, many families contribute and benefit from the programming for our children.

Fundraising

Marla Zipin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sandy Brody This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Fundraising Committee manages and supervises fundraising activities in an effort to meet an annual goal for our operating budget. Fundraising efforts throughout the year account for a significant portion of the Adat Shalom annual operating budget.

Do you like event planning? Better yet, event planning with a few pals? We have two big fundraising events, and the more the merrier. You can be the chief and select your helpers, or do it all yourself if that suits you!

• Online community auction takes place in the fall. Congregants offer classes, sell household items and offer bids on vacation homes, etc. The auction is open to all Adat Shalom members who place bids to win their favorite auction items.

• Spring event Candlelight Dinners is a biannual event whereby several congregants host a formal dinner with 10-20 guests who buy advanced tickets to enjoy a recognized speaker/author. Members enjoy an evening to wine and dine over a 4 or 5 course meal while engaging the speaker of their choice.

Green Tikkun

Naomi Edelson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dave Feldman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This committee was newly formed 2014-2015 and will be all about going "green" and efforts to be involved as a community in environmental efforts that improve our carbon footprint as well as contribute to sustained renewable energy efforts in our surrounding communities.

Hospitality

Debbie Bluestein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Max Brandy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Hospitality Committee fosters a welcoming atmosphere for our members and guests, ensuring the smooth operation of weekly, holiday and special occasion onegs. This includes the staffing of oneg crews and ensuring that supplies, materials, and foods provided by the synagogue are properly maintained and stocked.


Israel Connection [no needs at this time]

Mike Wolf This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michael Ackerman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Israel Connection Committee is responsible for helping foster ties and connections between Adat Shalom members and Israel. Among the key goals of the committee is to encourage the love and support for Israel as a high value at Adat Shalom. We also encourage and support trips to Israel. Current ideas for committee endeavors include Israeli movie nights, guest speakers on Israeli issues, community awareness of performances by Israeli artists and lectures by Israeli spokespersons, and Israel Independence Day observance.

• Are you interested in helping to foster ties and connections between AS members and Israel? The Israel Communication Committee is the way to see your ideas become reality. New ideas are always welcome.

Jewish Studies [no needs at this time]

Audrey Lyon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ralph Nitkin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Jewish Studies Committee works to enhance continuing and comprehensive Jewish literacy within our community in order to strengthen our understanding and appreciation of prayer, ritual, history, text, religious and contemplative practice. The programs offered are designed to cover a wide span of interest and learning styles.

Life Cycle

Marc Gunther This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shelley Rudick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vic Rezmovic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Camilla Day This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The focus of the Life Cycle Committee is to support congregants in a timely manner as they encounter "life-altering" transitions such as births, severe illness or physical injury, and deaths. In close collaboration with Clergy, our goal is to serve the emotional as well as logistical needs of Adat Shalom members while providing resources for Jewish rituals that celebrate and give meaning to life cycle passages.

• We would like to add a committee member to work on development of expanded Life Cycle website content.

• And we are always looking to bring in new potential Life Cycle chairpersons. This position necessitates a high learning curve and generally takes several months to reach a comfort level with the responsibilities required.

• In addition to Chairs, we need Life cycle committee members for: Coordinating meals for condolence and shiva;Communicating with parents of new babies, delivering baby baskets and helping to arrange Brit Milah and Baby Naming ceremonies;Acting as liaison between Life Cycle, villages and congregants in the case of illness or injury, to provide meals or help meet other urgent needs.

The position of Life Cycle Chair requires a desire to provide emotional and logistical support to people at extremely vulnerable moments with maintenance of absolute confidentiality. Chairpersons agree to monitor e-mail and respond quickly. Ability to work in close cooperation with fellow chairs, clergy and staff and a commitment to follow-through to ensure that process and procedures are completed.

When a death occurs, the Life Cycle Chair is responsible for communicating with the family -offering condolences, answering questions, providing guidance about Jewish funeral and mourning practices; determining needs for meals or other immediate concerns; arranging shiva minyanim -- securing either clergy or lay leaders, getting Siddurim to and from shiva home and attending shiva where possible. The chair person is also in communication with the congregation -- providing list serve announcements, contacting village; sending condolence note.

Membership

Melissa Fox This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Myra Falck This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Membership Committee is responsible for communication with and planning activities for prospective members and new members (first year of membership) with the goal of helping new members becoming fully integrated into the Adat Shalom community.

• Membership needs someone to do new member interviews for the Scroll. Luther Jett has a template we could use; we need someone to call and/or email new members (depending on the preference of the new member) to briefly interview them.

• We could also use a person to help with follow up: Making sure prospective members get the information packets; Making sure they received membership forms when they decide to join; Making sure prospective members know who to talk to for questions.

• Membership would also like to find a couple of folks who would like to help work on an orientation handbook for new members.

Religious Practices [no needs at this time]

Matt Wald This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Religious Practices Committee, in conjunction with the rabbi and cantor, is responsible for setting policy about congregational religious practices, and for planning and coordinating services and programs that meet the religious needs of the congregation.

Members are welcome to attend and have a voice in discussions of agenda with the Religious Practices monthly meetings.

Social Action

Diane Paul This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marilyn Kressky-Wolff This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Social Action Committee promotes and educates the Adat Shalom membership about various Social Action projects within the congregation as well as the larger community and facilitates the participation of membership in those activities.

Volunteers are needed to assist with planning, publicity and on-site assistance. People can volunteer to help with each one individually. We are in greatest need of someone to take the lead in planning the logistics, working closely with SA co-chairs. But anyone willing to help out in any capacity is welcome!

  • Discussion and educational session with Jews United For Justice on housing accessibility in Montgomery County on the morning of Sunday, October 12.
  • Showing of "Inequality for All" and post movie discussion on the evening of Sunday, November 2.
  • A person to coordinate the Can Jam Shabbat food donation program. Rick Talisman has been managing this for over ten years, and it would be wonderful to give Rick a break and hand it off to a new person. This is a great activity for a family.
  • Assist with Mishnah Garden weeding, planting and delivery of Mishnah Garden produce harvested after services to Manna.

Youth

Beth Sperber Richie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jaime Banks This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adat Shalom's Youth Committee provides a meaningful and important way for youth to connect with both the Adat Shalom and the wider peer communities. The committee is currently focused on developing and introducing a new Youth Program for grades 6-12 that will foster friendship, leadership, commitment to Jewish values, and greater involvement with synagogue life. This program is meant to supplement and complement the educational offerings already available through Adat Shalom, including Torah School, the Bar and Bat Mitzvah experience, and Jewish Studies.

We are looking for a few interested individuals who would like to join Youth Committee to help us hire and support a new part-time youth advisor, develop the leadership curriculum, and set priorities and help shape our new Youth Program model.

Shabbat Services

Choir

Lisa Sommers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The choir sings regularly at High Holy Day services and periodically throughout the year
at Shabbat morning services and special events. No audition required, but previous choral singing experience is helpful. Rehearsals are Sunday evenings in the Sanctuary.

Shabbat Breirot

Phyllis Lerner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shabbat Breirot (Shabbat Choices) occurs several times throughout the year. We provide a wide range of learning approaches and themes for those attending on Shabbat (Saturday) mornings, including our "traditional sanctuary" service.

Many sessions are lead by our very deep Adat Shalom bench, including expert lay and professional leaders. In the past, they have been described as explorations, interactive, multi-generational, hands-on, creative, scholarly, family-friendly, meaningful and fun.

There are two ways to join us:

The Production Team (for 2014-15) plans and manages these special Shabbats. Ideas and hands on efforts are always welcome.

A Presenters Team includes those who might have something to share with the community.

Inclusion Advisory Group

Susan Kimmel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Emily Novick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This group represents a disability inclusion task force working to assess the attitudes toward disability and policies to increase inclusion in our synagogue. Our agoal is to make recommendations on the organizational structure of the synagogue to promote increased inclusivity for those with physical disabilities.

We hope to first increase awareness about the need for inclusion into all aspects of our organizational communication and functioning. In conjunction with increasing awareness, creating a funding mechanism for disability programming and facilities will be essential. We wish to respect the fact that multiple intelligences requiring different learning styles can be addressed and implemented into the curriculum in our Torah School. We intend to make suggestions for specific steps to create greater accessibility at Adat Shalom in the short and long-term.

If you have interest in helping with this advisory group, please contact co-chairs listed above.

VP Board Members

Administration/Personnel

Gail Fisher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• The personnel committee is looking for another member who will help organize and direct evaluations of senior staff (Rabbi Fred, Hazzan Rachel, Torah School Director, Rabbi Julie and Executive Director, Judith Erger)

Communications

Craig Lustig This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Communications Committee coordinates the communication needs of Adat Shalom, including Program Council committees, for the purpose of better informing members of events and better publicizing events to the larger community.

• We would love to have many graphic artists volunteer to design posters, on-line pages, and ads on a rotating basis so that no one person is overwhelmed.

• We would also like to have one graphic artist join the committee and manage the assignment of requests for design assistance, assigning each request to the next person on the lists of volunteer graphic artists.

Torah School Council

Chair: Stacy Feuer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Torah School Council is a group of parent volunteers who act as an advisory group to Rabbi Julie to provide guidance and support for Torah School and Hebrew School programs. Our main objective for the year ahead is to work with Rabbi Julie to foster and strengthen relationships between Torah School kids and their classmates and among Torah School families. To that end, we will work through a variety of "portfolios" focused on in-reach within the Torah School and outreach to the largersynagogue and the DC-area Jewish community. We will also work to link up in a more systemic and thoughtful way the Torah School with synagogue events and initiatives such as Shabbat Breirot, holiday celebrations, the disability/inclusion committee and the annual auction (which focuses on making connections among members).

  • We encourage parents help with "outreach" including publicizing Torah School events to the larger community and helping out with our Open Houses. Our next Torah School Open House is on September 13.
  • We would love to have parents volunteer to serve as room parents. We are hoping that room parents will play an important role in our "inreach" objectives.
  • We would like to have a volunteer or volunteers to help coordinate contributions from Torah School kids, families and teachers to the Adat Shalom auction and work closely with the Auction chairs/committee.
  • We would appreciate people volunteering to open their homes for Shabbat B'Bayit dinners (organized by class level) and other "inreach" events.
  • We welcome parents and other interested congregants to our monthly TSC meetings, which take place the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.