Board & Committees

Our Board of Directors includes dynamic, high-energy volunteers who meet every month as a group. Congregation members are always invited to attend those monthly board meetings, which are announced in our weekly eBulletin and posted on our website. In addition, our directors are involved as liaisons to the committees and as members of ad hoc groups working on special projects on behalf of Etz Chayim.

The board supervises the Executive Director and the Rabbi and sets financial and operational policies. Elections are held in conjunction with the annual board meeting, typically in June. You can nominate yourself or someone else for the board.  
Board members for 2018
Evan Goer – President
Mitch Slomiak – Past President 
Elisabeth Rubinfien – Executive Vice President
Scott Thurm – Treasurer
Laurie Biros – Secretary
Andi Barnett
Marga Freeman
David Helfinstein
Lisa Jicha
Steve Kornfeld
Avi Lenchner
Colm Lysaght
Lisa Ratner
David Rosen
Eric Savitz
Marjorie Wechsler
Jeff Weitzman


Board Documents

A copy of our bylaws and the archive of our board meeting minutes are available in a box on the right hand side of this page, but you must be logged in to see them.


Every group or project on this list is a result of a member’s initiative. Look through it and make a connection with the group contact person listed, or ask Ellen Bob, our Executive Director, to make an introduction for you. If you have an idea for a group that’s not on this list yet, talk to Ellen about how to make it happen.

The Adult Learning Committee supports our core value of lifelong learning. Working together closely with our rabbi and Director of Learning, they create events and classes. Contact Abra Greenspan for more information.

The Bar/t Mitzvah Committee works with families to select dates for their children’s celebrations and organizes orientations to help parents prepare for the big day. They also work with the rabbi and Director of Learning to establish policies regarding Bar/t Mitzvah celebrations at Etz Chayim. Contact Lissa Kaplan, Susan Casner-Kay, or Marti Coppage for additional information.

The Design Committee recommends improvements to the physical space where we worship, learn and socialize.  They focus on both the inside and outside of our building. Contact James Baloun or Jon Kaplan for additional information.

The Emergency Committee works to make our facility and our community ready to respond to a natural or manmade disaster. Contact Joan Starreveld for additional information.

The Etz Parents Association - Contact Mitchell Mutz for additional information.

The Facilities Committee makes sure everything runs smoothly in our physical plant.  They don’t meet often but rather they talk while they work on fixing and improving our community’s home. This is a great group for people who don’t like meetings, but are good with their hands. Contact James Baloun or Jon Rattner for additional information.

The Festivals Committee organizes community holiday celebrations including Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu BiShvat, Purim, and Passover. There is room for both large and small contributions of time. Contact Stephanne Pleshette or Jennifer Krilheli for additional information.

The Finance Committee works with the Treasurer and Director of Finance and Operations to maintain the financial health of the congregation. They also recommend financial policies to the Board. Contact Steve Kornfeld for additional information.

The Fundraising Committee creates events and campaigns which build community and raise revenue to support the operational budget and keep dues affordable. Contact Greg Matza or Steve Solomon for additional information.

The High Holy Days Committee works with the Executive Director on all aspects of our fall observances including worship, logistics, children’s programming, publicity and hospitality. Contact Karen Bergen, Alan Kushnir,  or Carole Kushnir for additional information.

The Israel Action Committee is a forum and outlet for community members to incorporate pro-Israel activism into their congregational and community life. Click here for more information. Contact Jason Matlof for additional information.

The Library Committee maintains our library by sorting donations, re-shelving books and improving the organization and aesthetics of our congregational library. Contact Tatiana Granoff for additional information.

The Newsletter Committee publishes Connections, our quarterly newsletter. Volunteers write, edit and design. Contact Carrie Hechtman for additional information.

The Oneg Committee organizes Oneg Sponsorship, recruiting members to provide refreshments after our Friday evening and Saturday morning services, often pairing new members with more experienced households to host an Oneg. Contact Keith Reckdahl for additional information.

The Religious Practices Committee makes recommendations on religious policies and practices for our congregation.  The rabbi is an advisor to and a member of the committee, but does not make religious practice decisions unilaterally. Contact Eric Savitz for additional information.

The Shabbat Dinner Committee organizes periodic community Friday night dinners.  Some are catered, some are potluck, all are delightful. Contact Aimee Lysaght or Laura Wingard for additional information.

The Social Action Committee works with local organizations supplying volunteers, funds or other materials.  Current activities include volunteering in a soup kitchen, collecting used cellphones and eyeglasses, and beach clean-ups. Contact Mark Lee or Jeremy Siegel for additional information.

Teen Engagement Committee. Contact Laurie Biros for additional information.

The Youth Education Committee assists the Education Director, planning programs and overseeing curriculum.

The Welcoming Team works with the Executive Director to identify, welcome and integrate new members and to increase personal relationships among existing members in order to promote lifelong loyalty to our synagogue and reduce attrition. Contact Gail Slocum for additional information.