Committees

North Shore Jewish Center Committees

North Shore Jewish Center is a wonderful place to be Jewish thanks to our volunteer committees. Each committee plays a vital role, whether focusing on youth or seniors, fun or finances, learning or playing, with all committees welcoming new members and new ideas. For more information, call the NSJC office at 631-928-3737.
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Committee works to meet the needs of our B’nai Mitzvah children and their families as they approach this important simcha. This includes coordinating with the Rabbi, Religious School principal and tutors to prepare children and their families.
Chairs: Jim Frank and Terri Kocivar
The Budget Committee is charged with preparing the Budget and meets throughout the year to evaluate the congregation’s budgetary needs.
Chair: Steve Heft
The Building Committee coordinates aspects of facilities operations including maintenance, security and renovations and oversees improvements to security, safety and efficiency.
Chair: Andy Polan
The Catering Committee represents and coordinates NSJC’s financial, building and quality control interests with respect to the operation of our panel of caterers.
Chair: Ray Cella
The Finance Committee is responsible for the long term fiscal health of the Congregation. As part of this responsibility, the committee makes recommendations regarding financial systems and accounting and budgetary issues.
Chair: Eric Zwerling
The Fundraising Committee’s objective is to create successful programs in order to offset raises in membership dues. They hope to help instill a sense of pride and belonging in our congregation which will lead to and inspire generous giving…congregants who feel vested in NSJC will invest in NSJC. Some recent and future fundraising programs: Tree of Life, personalized brick project, Casino Night, Scroll of Honor, Passover Wine Sale, Golf Outing, selling of cemetery plots, Movie Club, Concerts, and the Kol Nidre appeal.
Chair: Paul Winton
The goals of the Membership Enhancement Committee are two-fold: reaching out to the Jewish community to invite prospective members to join the synagogue and experience the warmth of the NSJC family, and, after these individuals have become members, welcoming them to the NSJC community with the personal touch of a welcome gift, special Shabbat dinners, social events, New Member Shabbat events, and other ways to help them feel more connected to the congregation. The committee seeks to identify specific constituencies within our membership and provide opportunities for involvement.
Chair: Susan Lieberthal
The Communications Committee oversees the multiple channels of our synagogue communications. We communicate in print with the Bulletin, Shabbat handouts and mailings from the synagogue office, and electronically using the NSJC ListServe (North Shore News), NSJC Facebook Page, and Twitter. Some information about us is sent to local newspapers. Communication is key to helping our members and community connect.
Chair: Debbi Varano
The Nursery School Committee is comprised of parents whose children attend the NSJC Nursery School. The committee meets to discuss fundraising, special events and programming, addresses policy issues for the school and has input on purchasing and curriculum. They also oversee the Tot Shabbat service and in-house and outside school publicity.
Chair: Shelly Fenton-Zeira
The Program Committee is responsible for planning and overseeing special events such as the Hanukkah Happening, special guests and other events, as needed, throughout the year.
Chair: Joe Muntner
The Religious School Board is an advocate for the students and parents of our school and ensures quality Jewish education in accordance with the standards set for a “School of Excellence.” They assist the Religious School principal in setting policies and procedures in such areas as attendance and curriculum development. They also participate in program evaluation and give constructive feedback while providing “behind the scenes” assistance for special events such as the model Seder and school registration.
Chair: Paul Gold
The Ritual Committee focuses on enhancing the spirituality of our members’ involvement with the synagogue, during both religious services and at other times. In addition to working with our Rabbi and Cantor, the committee oversees Shabbat and Yom Tov services and other activities intended to nurture our congregation’s religious needs. They strive to strike the proper balance between innovation and tradition, halakha and accessibility.
Chair: Ron Skolnick
The Social Action Committee coordinates opportunities for NSJC members to be involved in a number of initiatives for community outreach, synagogue enhancement and social justice. The Committee enables members of the congregation to reach out to the larger community through a variety of programs.
Chair: Amy Lester
The Youth Committee focuses on connecting and integrating youth into the community and throughout the region. Its goal is to help our youth develop their Jewish identity in an informal, peer environment with meaningful Jewish experiences outside of the formal educational environment. The Youth Program consists of three age groups, each focusing on a different stage of Jewish identity: Nitzanim (4th-5th), Kadima (6th-8th) and USY (9th-12th). The Youth Director, advisors and parents work together to ensure that fun, creative and developmentally appropriate programs meet the needs of all our children.
Chair: Amy Gironda