Committees and Programs

Our established committees are listed below. (At BAS, a committee is often referred to as a chevra.) Find your interest. Discover a passion. Join us.

Committee chairs set their own meeting dates which are included in the weekly email calendar sent from the BAS office. They are not listed in the website calendar.

Standing Committees

Ritual, Tefila (prayer) -- Congregants who are dedicated to the ritual life of our synagogue work together to answer questions, make decisions and help us incorporate Jewish traditional prayer and custom into synagogue life.
Harry Waizer

Finance -- This is a group that the synagogue Board of Trustees and Executive Committee can turn to for advice and guidance on matters related to financial operations and strategic planning.
David Levy

Legal Advisory -- This is a small group of attorneys who make themselves available for consultation about synagogue matters.
Eric Levine
Harry Waizer

House -- This committee advises our Board of Trustees regarding our physical plant and related operations.
Andy Fredman

Our Ever-expanding Committees/chevrot:

To get involved in any of these ever-expanding committees and chevrot, contact the chair of the committee or the office by email or phone (914-946-8851). The names of the chairs and their email addresses are posted in the Members Section of this website which only members can access. If you need help accessing the private section, please email or call the office.

Acharei Kiddush
We invite guests or members to share some learning or experiences with us after the Kiddush lunch following Shabbat services.
Fran Heyman

Adult Bible Study: Sunday morning discussion sessions on books of the Bible chosen by the group each year. No prior knowledge of the text or Hebrew necessary.    
David Badain
Roz Schulman

BAS Connections: Providing help to members who have become more homebound and need some assistance continuing to connect with programs, services at BAS community.
Josie Ganek

BAS Book Club: All are welcome to join our Jewish-themed book club which meets monthly.
Amy Weiner

Bet Am Shalom Gallery: Curates exhibits of creative visual works by Bet Am Shalom congregants that are connected by a larger, theoretical theme so as to enrich the life and community engagement of our congregation.
Paula Markowitz Wittlin
Phyllis Handler
Sid Hecker

Bikur Cholim (caring for the sick): Help us support those in our community who are dealing with illness. We offer visits, phone calls, cooked meals and transportation. Please help support this important mitzvah.
Gillian Friedlander
David Isaacs

Blood Drive: Twice a year, together with our neighbor synagogue Kol Ami, Bet Am hosts a a blood drive. Donate blood . . . people can't live without it!
Andrea Ritchin

Stewart Crane
Gerry Gartenberg

College Connect: Join us as we prepare Chanukah and Purim gifts for our college students. We also invite undergraduate and graduate students to join Rabbi Bronstein and a group of their peers for a lively evening of food, conversation and catching up with old and new friends, twice annually.
Rena Hecht
Samara Solan

College Students’ Dinner with the Rabbi
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited twice each year to join Rabbi Bronstein and a group of their peers for a lively evening of food, conversation and catching up with old and new friends.

Communications & Marketing
Joy Brownstein

Facebook Page
Andrea Greenberg Ventura
Ann Zisser

Family Programming: Works to provide and coordinate activities and programs to encourage family engagement in the Bet Am Shalom community. We have educational and social programming, as well as meaningful opportunities to participate in our Shabbat community, including our Shorashim (early childhood programming) program (see details below), Shabbat Kulanu Congregational Kabbalat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner, and "See You at Synagogue".
Michelle Stern
Jonathan Posner

Fundraising: Fundraising at Bet Am is nothing like the typical testimonial dinners or golf outings that other organizations sponsor. Somehow this committee comes up with wonderful and creative ideas every year! Join them.
David Levy

Helps keep our grounds blooming and beautiful. Join us regularly, or drop in for a special Garden Day in the spring, summer or fall.
Penny Steiner Grossman

Green Chevra: Works on projects to move the synagogue in a more environmentally responsible direction.
Mimi Koren
Judy Zingher

Havdalah for Families: Brief Havdalah service followed by food and child-friendly activities.
Jenn Meyer
John Slagle
Sara Steinberg
Michele Stern

Hebrew Literacy Class: Learn Hebrew so you can you help your child with Hebrew homework, recite the Chanukah blessings and read the prayers in the siddur.
Lisette Nayor

Hebrew Reading Group: The group reads contemporary Israeli novels in the original Hebrew.  We explore vocabulary, ideas, styles and grammar as they comes up in the reading.  Members of the group read at different levels of proficiency and learn from each other.  
Roz Schulman
David Badain

Holiday Meals at Local Shelters: Members prepare food for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
Eda and Bernie Kliniger

Homemade Kiddush: Members contribute homemade food to the kiddush.
Michele Billig
Sandy Birnbach

Interfaith Jewish/Muslim Activities
Barbara Aloni
Vicky Greif
Annette Rotter

Israel Action Join fellow congregants and those from other congregations in the area as they plan ways for us to learn about, and celebrate our connection with, the land of Israel.
Alan Septimus

Judaica Craft Show: The BAS Annual Judaica Craft Show, featuring the finest selection of Judaica and jewelry, has been a regional attraction for years and brings hundreds of people to our synagogue. We rely on volunteers to help make the show happen.
Betsy Landis

Kiddush Food Delivery to Shelter
Judy Zingher

Library: Help us acquire and take care of books for the Bet Am library, which is open to all who want to read or do research.
Susan Rosenzweig
Bernie Witlieb

Lulav & Etrog Trip and Market: Representatives from the synagogue travel to the Lower East Side to select quality Lulavim and Etrogim which members can purchase at our onsite market. A representative from the ritual committee is on hand to demonstrate proper usage.
Karen Dolins
Tamara Silberman

Meal of Consolation (Se'udat Havra'ah): We support mourners by offering a simple Meal of Consolation upon return from the cemetery. Contact the office to learn how you can be part of this process. (Please see Shiva Captain below for other support of mourners.)
Liz Belsky Lieberman

Meditation Before Tefilah
A guided meditation is provided, as is an opportunity for sharing personal experience in our supportive, safe and welcoming circle. 
David Aftergood

Membership Outreach: This group reaches beyond our walls to those who may be seeking affiliation with a synagogue, with welcoming activities and information.
Ivy Eisenberg

Mental Health Support (Refu'at HaNefesh): Serves members of the community (and their families) who are experiencing emotional difficulty. The chevra can provide referrals to providers, procure clergy support, and facilitate contact with congregant peer-supporters who have dealt with or are dealing with a similar situation or condition. 
Karen Dolins

Midnight Run: Several times a year, we make a late-night trip to NY City to help feed and clothe the homeless via an organization called Midnight Run. Help us sort clothes and prepare “brown bag dinners” for the men and women, or sign up to actually go on the Run itself.
Bob Miller
Judy Zendell

Mishloach Manot (giving of Purim baskets): Congregants may sign up to give communally-prepared traditional and beautiful Purim baskets to each other, our staff, and needy individuals outside our community. The real fun is in the communal baking, packing and delivering!
Liz Belsky Lieberman
Gillian Friedlander

Mitzvah Knits
Sandy Birnbach

New Member Chevra: We help to orient new members to the synagogue, working to ensure that each new member family feels warmly welcomed and can easily access information about how to get involved in all that we have to offer at BAS. We plan events throughout the year, such as the New Member Welcome Dinner, which help to build bridges between new members and longtime members of the BAS community.
Marilyn Weintraub

Newsletter-Lev La’am: our regular Bet Am Shalom newsletter, is distributed online. Help us with the newsletter, or contribute an article.
Sandy Birnbach
Bonnie Emanuel

Open Arms Shelter: provide dessert and vegetable dishes twice monthly.
Bobbi Baker
Idie Benjamin

Parashah of the Week Study Group
Rabbi Lester Brownstein

Parent Association for Torah La'am: What would any school be without its PTA? Our PTA supports our Jewish education programs.
Deborah Levin
Loren Napoli

Paula Markowitz Wittlin

Program Committee: Help us design programs you and others will want to attend. Help set direction and give focus to each year’s programming for the whole shul. Everyone is welcome.
Ann Crane

Purim Spiel: Each year a capacity crowd of old and young comes to celebrate the fall of Haman. Purim at BAS only gets crazier with each passing year. There are kids’ and adult Megillah readings; the adult reading is punctuated with spiel intermissions. No one is spared the BAS wit! Join us if you like to write, sing or perform!
Merrill Rotter

School Board
Elise Goldman

Aaron Jaffe

Elizabeth Hass-Edersheim
David Hoch

Selected Jewish Short Stories: Once or twice each year, we present a program of stories with Jewish themes. BAS members volunteer to read these stories aloud, and the audience has a chance to discuss the works.
Anne Corey

Shabbat Kulanu (Multigenerational Friday evening service with potluck dinner)
Tara Stein
Meredith Strongin

Shabbat Morning Service Coordination
Joel Crystal
Lisette Nayor
David Peck
Debra Abrahams Weiner

Shalom Yisrael (Zahal Shalom): Help us welcome Israeli women to our community who are the first responders to emergencies; many have been injured in the Armed Forces or experienced other life trauma there. Each woman stays with a host family. BAS volunteers drive the guests during their stay on weekdays. 
Laure Kaminsky

Shirat Ha'am (Choir) 
Join Shirat Ha’am - "Voice of the People", a choir composed of all interested congregants led by the wonderful Cantor Benjie Schiller. The chorus sings several times a year during regular services; 4-6 rehearsals before each presentation.
Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller

Shiva Support: We support fellow congregants in mourning in several ways. Shiva Captains help congregants in the days after a loss by organizing prayerbook delivery, a meal of consolation and/or other support. We also have a shiva minyan class where participants study the customs of shiva and learn how to conduct an evening prayer service in a mourner’s home. Contact the office to help. (Please see Meal of Consolation above for more about how we support mourners.)
Eric Levine

Shorashim: Volunteer for Shorashim (BAS monthly early childhood programs) to engage member and non-member parents and children in the activities, build connections between participants, and share your love of BAS.  Volunteers can help out at one or more of the programs.  Guitar and keyboard players are needed for the last 15 minutes of our programs.  Click here to find out more about volunteering.
Abby Reiken

Simchat Torah
Bettina Weil

Social Action Concert
Yearly concert produced by the Social Action Chevra to benefit underserved communities in our area. Some prior performers have been Doug Mishkin, Tom Paxton, Beged Kefet, Moody Jews, Matisyahu,  Joel Wenhardt and the All-Stars and many others.
Rochelle Leiber-Miller

Social Action--Tzedakah (charity): Join our Social Action Committee to participate in many activities that help make the world a better place. Attend our annual Social Action Concert and enjoy outstanding music while raising money for an important cause.
Rochelle Leiber-Miller

Special Needs Shabbat: We welcome our guests with special needs and provide a communal experience for them.
Dan Heyman
Vicki Presser

Sukkah Decorating
Ruth Handel

Summer Study Group
Simon Aronin

Sunday Shacharit
Eric Levine

Talmud Weekly Study Group
Rabbi Lester Bronstein

Tikkun Olam (repair the world):
Laura Solomon

Tot Shabbat
Jonathan Posner

Tu B'Shvat
Michael Goldman
Mimi Koren
Judy Zingher

Visioning: Future Vision Task Force
Marisa Jackson
Ann Schaffer

Susan Van Doren

Writers Chug (Original Jewish Short Stories): Congregants give each other support and encouragement as we individually work on original Jewish fiction. In the spring, we have a reading where we present our work to the congregation. Join us!
Simon Aronin

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Each year we gather to commemorate the Shoah with a program of education, music, prayer and the reading of names of congregant family members who perished in the Holocaust.
Alan Septimus

Yiddish Conversation Circle
Jack Grossman
Pearl Stark

Yom Kippur Break Fast
Liz Belsky-Lieberman
Laura Solomon


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