Committees

As a volunteer organization, we depend on members who give their time to the committees that keep our synagogue operating as a place of spiritual, cultural, and communal enrichment. Every committee at The Chatham Synagogue is open to member participation.

Anyone interested in joining a specific committee, getting more information on our committees, or offering recommendations for committee work, can contact the appropriate chair(s) listed below:.

building

The committee supervises the maintenance of the building and insures that all of the Synagogue’s property, equipment, and grounds are kept in good condition and repair.
Committee Chair: Alice Swersey
alice@swersey.com

by-laws

Annually, the committee reviews existing by-laws, the lists of Committee Duties, and Administrative Procedures and proposes to the Board any changes that seem necessary.
Committee Chair: Betsy Gitter
e.g.gitter@gmail.com

cemetery

To ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of the Chatham Rural Cemetery, the committee administers the Jewish section of the local cemetery.
Committee Chairs:
Janina Deppe & Susan Waisbren

janina.deppe@gmail.com
susan.waisbren@gmail.com

The Chesed Committee attends to the needs of members in times of illness and challenging life events.
Committee Chair: Rachel Weisman
weiswrite@aol.com

chesed





 

The Chevra Kadisha is a group of Jewish men and women who see to it that the bodies of deceased Jews are prepared for burial according to the Jewish tradition of tahara (purification).
Committee Chair: Allan Nahman
tfinman@aol.com

chevra kadisha









 

In collaboration with the Board and other relevant committees, this committee creates both print and digital communications that reflect the Synagogue’s values, mission, and objectives.
Committee Chairs:
Joanne Gerstel & Elaine Khosrova

jbgerstel@gmail.com
ekhosrova@gmail.com

communications









 

 

The Chatham Continuing Education Committee offers an on-going roster of Judaic classes, seminars, and/or instruction for all members of the community and our neighbors.
Committee Chair: Fran Snyder
fran.a.snyder@gmail.com

continuing education







 

In collaboration with the Board, the committee develops fund raising goals and strategies for achieving them.
Committee Chair: Lydia Kukoff
kukoff@aol.com

development





 

The synagogue is committed to providing educational opportunities for young families with children according to the needs of our community.
Committee Chair: Ditte Nielsen
linkaxel@yahoo.com

family activities






 

Managing the financial well-being of the Synagogue in conjunction with the Treasurer, the committee carries out all duties relating to the finances of the Congrega­tion.
Committee Chairs: Alice Swersey & Ken Kranz
alice@swersey.com
kranz1453@gmail.com

finance









 

The IT Committee is responsible for maintaining and operating our audio/visual equipment for use in film events, presentations by members, and remote participation at board meetings.
Committee Chair: Steve Abramson
steve@apspension.com

information technology








 

The committee collaborates with other local faith groups to plan and promote educational and community-building events.
Committee Chair: Joel Merker
joelmerker@gmail.com

interfaith







 

The aim of the committee is to implement outreach strategies to attract new members, as well as develop programs to integrate and retain current members.
Committee Chair: Janet Carey
janetcarey10@gmail.com

membership







 

Many social, cultural and educational events that serve as portals of entry into the Synagogue community are planned and hosted by the Program committee. Members also assist and collaborate with other Synagogue committees and community groups when needed.
Committee Chair: Lydia Kukoff
kukoff@aol.com

program










 

To shape forms of worship consistent with the tenets of our non-affiliated Congregation, the committee performs all duties relating to the religious services of the congregation.
Committee Co-Chairs: Larry Machiz & Steve Eidman
machizmail@fairpoint.com
stretch44@gmail.com

ritual










 

In keeping with our mission to support tukkun olam (repair of the world) the committee presents proposals to the Board for various service projects and activities that will engage the Synagogue community, and then implements all approved proposals. 
Committee Chair: Craig Bender
craigbender60@gmail.com

social action