Committees & Initiatives
Netivot Shalom has a wide range of programs and a diverse membership that welcome your participation! If you haven’t already joined us for services or one of our classes, we invite you to do so. One of our great strengths is the active participation of our members in all aspects of congregational life. We are a participatory, egalitarian congregation. Members lead services, plan classes and events, give drashot, and celebrate Shabbat, festivals, and lifecycle events together in our homes and at shul. This list of our committees and initiatives provides an overview of the many opportunities to participate in our community.
Click the arrow to view contact information and recent updates for our committees and initiatives.
Adult Education organizes opportunities for the congregation to study together, from after-kiddush talks (may they come again speedily in our days), to Scholars in Residence, evening classes, and regular torah study and talmud study sessions. Help us come up with ideas for new classes and talks and then make them happen!
The Antiracism Initiative is a group of members dedicated to addressing social and economic injustice through anti-racist learning and action. It is a community-wide project rooted in the question, “What does it mean to be an antiracist synagogue?” The initiative is led by a Coordinating Team which is accountable to the Board and guided by a Community Council.
Rabbi Rebecca Joseph, Stephen Tobias and Deborah Yager
Jewish Poems on Racial Justice (Wednesday July 14th 7-8:30 pm) – In a time of renewed struggle for racial justice, a growing body of poetry by Jews gives voice to nuance, particular experience and perspective in ways for which poetry is uniquely suited. Join us for the second session of this class taught by Dan Alter. We will read poems by Jews of color and Ashkenazi Jews and do our own writing in response to what we are reading.
Reading Fiction by Black Writers (Tuesday August 3rd 7:30-9 pm) – Read and discuss fiction by contemporary Black writers. Book group led by Carol Dorf meets bimonthly on the first Tuesday of the month via Zoom. August’s discussion: “Dawn” by Octavia Butler.
Do you have an idea for an anti-racism project? Submit a proposal to the Antiracism Coordinating Team.
Bystander Intervention Training by Hollaback
Consider attending a free Zoom Bystander Intervention training workshop through Hollaback.
In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, we at Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training adapted to support the AAPI community. To meet this moment and offer trainings to communities nationwide, we partnered with Asian American Advancing Justice| Asian Law Caucus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago.
Here is the list of the training offered. Click to jump directly to each workshop description:
CHEVRA KADISHA (“sacred community” that cares for the dead and mourners)
Mary Breiner and Shari Rifas
Climate Tzedek is a coordinating committee that works to engage our Congregation Netivot Shalom community to address the climate crisis and promote environmental justice.
Mark Schlosberg and Ariel Gold
COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM
Brenda Goldstein, Darci Smith, Katya Gerwein, Lynne Yellenberg, R. Chai Levy, Tamar Fendel
CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP
Our community is stronger when we all participate. Our committee fosters connections by reaching out to our community to encourage support and encourage participation. Members of the congregation are encouraged to renew and to get involved. If you like getting to know our members, then you may enjoy serving on this committee to get to know others and help them give back to our community.
Betsy Ross and Jonathan Stern
This committee oversees the monetary health of CNS. This includes 1) monitoring current payables and receivables; 2) helping formulate and monitor the annual budget; 3) develop and approve financial policies and procedures; 4) participate in strategic/longer-range planning for the synagogue; and special projects (such as the evaluation of solar panels)
GEMILUT HASADIM (“bestowing kindnesses” such as caring for the ill)
Combined with Bikur Cholim. Provides meals, rides, visits, calls, etc. to members who need help.
Lynne Yellenberg and Norma Kaufman
MEMBERSHIP EXPERIENCE TEAM (“Mikdash”)
Mikdash creates positive member experiences and strengthens relationships in our community. During the coronavirus pandemic, Mikdash works to maintain our connections through creative and relational experiences for our community.
Rabbi Chai Levy
This committee is in dormancy right now due to Covid-19.
This committee discusses issues related to how ritual services/events operate and organizes volunteers to help coordinate these events.
SECURITY AND ACCESS COMMITTEE
The SAC’s mission is to enable all members, guests, and staff of the CNS community to feel safe, secure, and welcome, and that the building should be available to be used for all appropriate activities.
Current priorities: updated emergency protocols for those using the building, planning for security improvements, including a new emergency exit path to Addison Street, resuming Incident Command System training, fundraising. We are looking for a few new SAC members to help us with those tasks.
STOP ANTISEMITISM COMMITTEE
The Stop Antisemitism Committee is dedicated to the education of our CNS Community and other Jewish community members about antisemitism so that we can work against the rise in antisemitism in all its forms. We meet to plan educational programs and actions.
V‘ZOT YISRAEL (“and this is Israel”)
The V’zot Yisrael committee is dedicated to educating our membership about all aspects of Israeli society to foster understanding and connection between our two homelands: Israel as the home to 45% of world Jewry, and the United States as the home to 45% of world Jewry.
Dorothea Dorenz and Art Braufman
Attend our monthly events on the first Sunday of the month.
Check the calendar to keep up with our other programs, such as film and lecture discussions.
Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of every other month from 7:30-9pm to discuss books by Israeli authors. Click here to see a list of books that we have read. Click here to see suggestions for future book readings.
Chug Ivrit meets the first and third Sunday of every month from 4-5:30pm.