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Synagogue Committees

Temple Israel offers a wealth of committees, programs and projects, and we invite you to become active in them. This is an avenue to meet others with similar interests, become part of our Jewish community and participate in carrying out the ideals of the synagogue. 

Adult Education Committee

Plans and coordinates in-house events and participation in regional arts activities.

Cemetery Committee

Dedicated to maintaining Temple Israel's Cemetery and coordinating with synagogue professionals to serve congregants with sensitivity.

Child Education  

The Child Education Committee oversees and supervises the Herman and Libbie Michaelson Early Childhood Center.  Members include representatives to the  Mifgash Boards.

Jennifer Wind and Gary Ginsburg, Committee Co-Chairs

Dance Committee

Coordinates and supports dance programming and performances for youth and adult participants.

Endowment & Investment Committee

Consults regularly with Temple Israel's professional financial advisors and oversees investment policy as regards all synagogue investments.

David Ginsburg, Committee Chair

Finance Committee

Reviews and plans the budget with oversight of all financial matters of the congregation.

Paul Boyle, Commitee Chair


Givah Commission

Supports Temple Israel's summer day camp, Camp Givah.

Gary Ginsburg, Committee Chair

Greening Committee

Identifies areas to improve Temple Israel's environmental sustainability efforts by pursuing issues such as:

-Identifying the synagogue's carbon footprint and ways to reduce it through energy conservation and/or the use of alternate forms or energy.

-Analyzing the institution's waste streams with the goal of reducing environmental impact.

-Facilitating discussions regarding the congregation's role in sustainability efforts, climate concerns, and species protection.

Karen Davda, Committee Chair

Hadar Gift and Book Shop

Hadar, Temple Israel’s Judaic Art and Gift Center, is the premiere Judaica store in New York’s Capital District.

Karen B. Shulman, Committee Chair

Health and Wellness Committee

Addresses the well-being of the community by reporting, responding, and making recommendations to mitigate health hazards including communicable diseases and environmental risks.  Supports and collaborates with other committees to promote healthy programming efforts.

       Karen Davda,        Committee Chair

House & Grounds

Oversees building usage and improvements and maintenance of synagogue property.

Kiddush Committee

Organizes and presents weekly Shabbat kiddush.

Marcia Rosenberg, Commitee Chair

Member Committee

Welcomes new members to the congregation, assists with community integration and contacts congregants throughout the year.

Linda Ginsburg, Committee Chair

Men's Club

The Men's Club mission is to serve the greater synagogue community. Programming includes breakfasts with noted local speakers, support of synagogue holiday celebrations, and cultural events promoting general fellowship.

Programming Committee

Plans and coordinates in-house events and participation in regional arts and activities.

Religious Affairs

Provides support to clergy and considers policy regarding Temple Israel religious services and standards.

Mark Kovach, Committee Chair

Social Action Committee

Responds to needs of the community on the local and global level in keeping with the tenets of Tikkun Olam, healing the world.

Manya Monson and
Karen Shulman 

Committee Co-Chairs

Spreading Sunshine 

Distributes holiday packages to  Seniors, homebound individuals, assisted living members or any one ill .

 Elaine Freedman , Committee Chair

Wed, June 19 2024 13 Sivan 5784