Groups & Committees
The committees at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom are the implementers of the infrastructure of our temple. Participation in a committee is open to all our membership. Working on a committee is a great way to get involved in the temple as well meet people and have a great time. Any member interested in a particular committee is encouraged to contact the chair of that committee. See committee chairs.
Adult Education Committee
Committee Chair: Penny Alschuler
The Adult Education Committee is responsible for promoting and conducting Jewish activities and programs for the Congregation and the community as a whole. Typical programs range from single day events, such as expert speakers, to monthly films and to seminars on a particular Judaic topic.
CSS Men’s Club
President / Committee Chairs: Marty Gall
Committee Chair: Cathy Rein
A small group of synagogue members who get together to pursue common interests, whether religious or secular. Chavurot help us find each other, so we can do the things we enjoy together, have fun and make new and meaningful connections. For more information on joining a Chavurah contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committee Chairs: Brenda Elfman
The Connections Committee is responsible for assisting congregants through difficult periods of their lives. Its members provide rides to those who are unable to drive, meals to those who are sick, and condolence calls and assistance to those who have recently lost a loved one.
Committee Chair: Julie Fox
The Education Committee advises on the schedule, code of conduct, and curriculum for the religious school for our Congregation. It is also responsible for overseeing the school finances and hiring of personnel. This committee works closely with the Rabbi, school principal, and parents of our students.
Education / Youth Committee
Committee Chair: Julie Fox
Endowment & Planned Giving Committee
Committee Chair: Joe Stone
Committee Chair: Brian Duckman
The Finance Committee is responsible for preparing the annual budget for the Congregation, reviewing requests for unbudgeted expenditures, periodically reporting budget status to the Executive Committee and reviewing an audit of the books on an annual basis.
Committee Chair: Jay Tolman
Holy Rollers Committee
Committee Chairs: Rusty Preble & Phyllis Koch
Committee Chairs: Ben Weintraub & Jeff Kalla
The House Committee is responsible for the upkeep and repair of the Temple building and its equipment. It also is responsible for the rules and regulations governing the use of the its facilities.
Committee Chairs: Ellen Jacobs
The Membership Committee is composed of a diverse group of individuals dedicated to the recruitment of new members and the retention of current congregants. This important works begins with a warm welcome, exposure to a caring and inviting atmosphere, and an introduction to the many aspects of temple life. We maintain contact with prospective members and offer them opportunities to receive regular temple communications as well as to participate in appropriate events. We seek to engage new members by providing mentoring and guidance, fostering relationship building and networking based on their interests, promoting events to help engage and retain congregants, and maintaining a presence at temple activities and worship services.
Committee Chair: Grace Strake
The Nominating Committee is responsible for interviewing and selecting members of the congregation for vacant positions on the Executive Board or Board of Trustees. Once this slate is established by this committee, the Nominating Committee presents this slate at our congregation’s annual meeting in June to be voted on by the congregation.
Oneg Shabbat Committee
The Oneg Committee provides the organization and coordination of the families and individuals who setup and provide the Erev Shabbat Onegs on a weekly basis. This committee develops the annual family schedule and also assures that all the required materials and goods are available.
Passport to Israel Committee
Committee Chair: Grace Strake
The Passport to Israel Committee coordinates the implementation and funding of the Passport to Israel program provided by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Greater Boston. This is a program in which members of the congregation can set aside money which is matched by CJP for the purpose of sending a child in their late teens to Israel via one of many different CJP sponsored trips.
Publicity & Communications Committee
Committee Chair: Chana Snyder
The Publicity & Communications Committee promotes Sha’aray Shalom’s programs, events and values to the congregation and its respective communities along the South Shore through traditional print vehicles and social media
Religious Practices Committee
Committee Chair: Lisa Flashenburg
The Religious Practices Committee, working very closely with the Rabbi, provides coordination, scheduling and guidance regarding rituals and observances at our congregation.
Sisterhood President: Judy Kalla & Alison Junkins
Social Justice Committee
Committee Chairs: Ally Gall, Naomi Preble, Marci Bracken
The Social Justice Team is dedicated to engaging in the important work of tikkun olam, repairing our world. As such CSS has been designated a Brit Olam congregation within the national Reform Movement. The committee consists of volunteers who participate and engage as frequently as their lives permit. Our work currently focuses on three main areas…..food security, gun violence prevention and support of gay and transgender rights.
- We collect food all year long for 4 area pantries, provide turkeys at Thanksgiving and also bring food from Trader Joe’s to the Hingham pantry every other Sunday. Volunteers and donations are always needed and welcome.
- We create a more open and inclusive environment at CSS and in the community, at large, with a current focus on the LGBTQ community.
- We support ongoing and annual mitzvah opportunities for our religious school students, individuals and families.
- We sponsor programs to educate ourselves and our teens on the Social Justice issues and how to advocate for them.
- We organize the fabulous Mitzvah Day to celebrate the end of the school year which includes packaging 10,000 meals for needy South Shore neighbors and a Red Cross Blood Drive.
- We collect 200 pairs of wool socks annually for the homeless.
- Finally, we partner with the Religious Action Center of the URJ to lobby our state and federal political leaders on food security, gay and transgender rights and preventing gun violence!
If you would like to become more involved with your synagogue and are looking for an active group doing meaningful work, you are invited and will be warmly welcomed. We would be thrilled to have you!
With warm regards and many thanks!
Volunteers always needed!
No task is too small. No time commitment is too short. We welcome helping hands all year long.
• Baking for oneg
• Ushering for Services
• Cooking a meal for a family in need
• Driving a congregant to the doctors or Shabbat services
• Help maintaining the grounds
• Caring for our plants in the lobby
• Answering the phones
• Caring for our Torahs, Talit, and Kipot
• Working in the library
• Spring cleaning
• Fall cleaning
• Religious school helpers
• Organizing volunteers
• Helping with the gift shop
• Organizing the kitchen
• Help with event planning
• Building maintenance
• Help with Shabbat dinners
• Help with Adult education events
• Knitting blankets for those recovering from illness
• Decorate for our festival celebrations
• Prepare holiday packages for our college students
• Setting up crafts for our Kiddushat Shabbat services
The list can go on and on and on. We welcome all hands, all ages, once a week, a day, a year or for just one time. We look forward to seeing you. Send us an email or give us a call at (781) 749-8103
Fire Clean up March 2016
CSS Health Fair – March 2013
Marylyn Schultz working in the library
Current Social Action Oppurtunities
Social Justice Update…. join the CSS Team! co-chairs, Marci Bracken, Ally Gall and Naomi Preble
On Mitzvah Day – May 3, 2020 we will again package 10,000 (yes… you read right…10,000!) meals for South Shore families in need. You will get a chance to sign up later in the year to do the packaging or other mitzvot that day on your own, or with kids and grandkids.
BUT…. here is the big but…. we need to raise $3,000 by May to pay for ingredients that we will use in the package.
How? If 60 families give $60, we will have enough for Mitzvah Day and also money for summer lunches for the South Shore kids who go hungry when school is out!
$5 to $500. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Go on line to shaaray.org or send a check to CSS and be sure to note it is for the Social Action Fund.
Thank you. We cannot do this important work without you.
In addition to our formal program, we encourage our students to attend the JCC Grossman Day Camp and when they enter 3rd grade, to attend the URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Summer Camps. Many students participate in the NFTY in Israel program at the conclusion of their 10th grade year. The congregation has scholarship monies available to assist families in sending their children to camp, Israel as well as to participate in all youth group events.
Sha’aray Shalom Temple Youth is the high school youth group and is part of NFTY-Northeast (North American Federation of Temple Youth). SHASTY is run by a student board with guidance from the professional staff. The students create, plan and execute all of its programs and activities. The goals of SHASTY are:
- To promote and develop leadership skills
- To create an open environment where teens can explore their Jewish identity through social, cultural,
- Religious and social justice activities
- Create opportunities for connections with teens throughout the greater Boston area
Sisterhood offers a variety of social and educational opportunities for women of all ages and interests in our Congregation. Our main mission is to support the youth of Congregation Sha’aray Shalom through events and fundraising for the Youth Scholarship Fund. We hope all the women of our Congregation will join and enjoy the benefit of belonging to a vibrant, diverse group that offers connection and programs that suit a variety of interests. (Membership Application)
The CSS Men’s Club is open to all male members of the congregation. Our goal is to strengthen Congregation Sha’aray Shalom and help contribute to its longevity on the South Shore. Not only do we assist our Congregation by providing community services, we also plan activities of interest and enjoyment to all members of the Men’s Club, as well as the congregation at large. Please help shape the Men’s Club into a truly meaningful experience. All we need is YOUR involvement.
We are committed to making the Congregation Sha’aray Shalom Men’s Club a vital part of our community. Please get involved, and I look forward to your comments and suggestions
Men’s Club President