Shirat HaNefesh members are encouraged to volunteer on any of our committees, where much of the work of the community gets done.

Contact any of the members listed to get involved!


Chair: TBD This committee-in-formation will assist SHN members when a member or relative dies.  Committee members will offer practical advice on funeral options, preparation of the body, cemeteries, and setting up shiva.


Chair: Loretta Vitale Saks The Chesed Committee is responsible for organizing efforts by members to help and support each other, primarily in times of need.  Our goal is to link members when a need becomes apparent, doing deeds of lovingkindness within our own community, and fostering a spirit of mutual concern.  If people are ill, in grief, or in need of support, please let the Chesed Committee lend a hand.

Limmud (Adult Learning)

Chair: Bob Saks The Limmud Committee plans adult learning programs during the year.  These include our Shabbat morning and After Kiddush programs, speakers, topics for year-long study, and more.

Tikkun Olam(Social Justice)

Chair: Lisa Jo Finstrom The Tikkun Olam Committee coordinates social action projects to promote Jewish values and mitzvot (moral actions), including pursuing justice and peace, engaging in gemilut chasadim (acts of lovingkindness) in support of our surrounding community, and serving as stewards of the environment. Social action projects include helping A Wider Circle which distributes used clothing and furniture to those in need, making sandwiches for So Others May Eat, and more. Social justice work includes hosting discussions on racial justice issues and books, working with a refugee family in the area, encouraging conversion of members to use green energy sources, and coordinating with a network of Tikkun Olam Committees from other synagogues.  Monthly meetings of the committee help keep members informed of local and national issues, and help focus the selection of oncoming projects.

Bnai Mitzvah

Chair:  Adam Wendell This committee links prospective b’nei mitzvah families with post-b’nei mitzvah families, to lend support and continuity to our b’nei mitzvah celebrations.  B’nei Mitzvah families take the lead — and are supported by volunteers from the wider community — in various setup and schlepping tasks related to the celebrations.


Co-Chair:  Ellen Kandell ek@alternative Co-Chair:  Liora Moriel The Fundraising Committee is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of fundraising plans for Shirat HaNefesh to help maintain our budget and to keep dues at a reasonable amount.


Chair:  Scott Schneider Growing our membership is an important priority.  This committee is involved in outreach and recruitment of new members through social marketing, events such as open houses and social media. The committee is also responsible for advertisements, developing and maintaining our website, listserv, Facebook accounts; and taking part in local community events that attract prospective members.  We are especially looking for members who have social media, web design and marketing skills.

Youth Engagement

Chair:  Darian Unger The Youth Engagement Committee focuses on designing and supporting our programs to engage and educate our children and teens, pre-K through 18, including B’nei Mitzvah.