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Committees

Our Shul cannot function efficiently without the dedication of committee members who volunteer their time and energy. To all the synagogue members who already serve on a committee, KHN thanks you for your dedication and hard work. If you're not part of a committee, please consider joining one!

Adult Education Committee plans and carries out adult education programming. KHN has a storied history of adult education events and activities. These programs are attended by congregants of KHN and are often open to members of the wider community. The Adult Education Committee has sponsored an evening speaker series on topics of broad interest presented by recognized experts in their fields. There have been numerous “Bagel University” courses offered by KHN members on topics from Jewish Intellectual History to Judaism’s influence on Renaissance Art and how to make pickles, Challah, or Hamentashen. There have been a Book Talk series, presentations on Jews in the Movies, and a series on the practice of Mussar (ethical living; enacting character traits that reflect Jewish values). In addition, Rabbi Diana conducts weekly Torah study.

Contact: Abraham Liebson abraham.leibson@gmail.com or Gerry Bogatz gbogatz@marketingworks.com

Buildings and Grounds Committee monitors and manages required maintenance of our physical plant, planning major improvements as needed. The committee maintains and upgrades the landscaping of our grounds and organizes seasonal community work projects for such things as clean up, pruning, and new planting. The committee also oversees improvements to our driveway and parking lots, solves problems that arise with the building, and imagines new ways we can use our facility at a reasonable cost.

There is no current chair or standing committee for Buildings and Grounds. Interested parties should contact President Stephen Fox sfoxnj@gmail.com

Education Committee works with the Education Director and the Rabbi to oversee the operation of the KHN Shul School by developing the policies and procedures that govern the school. The committee has assisted the Education Director in revamping the Shul School curriculum and consults about ongoing modifications.   The committee helps run extracurricular youth activities like outings and inter-synagogue get-togethers. The committee coordinates teacher appreciation and conducts periodic performance evaluations of the Education Director.

Contact: Sarah Zimov-Levinson (chair) szimov@gmail.com

Finance Committee oversees and manages KHN's financial concerns and policies for our community.

Contact: Eric Rosen (chair) eric.rosen@ubs.com

Fundraising Committee plans and carries out fundraising events and seeks sources of financial support for KHN.  The committee promotes the Life and Legacy program and solicits participation in ongoing fundraising opportunities such as AmazonSmile.

Contact: Andy Kaufman andrewkaufman@comcast.net

Membership and Communications Committee seeks out and welcomes new members and provides promotion and publicity for KHN activities.  The committee welcomes and helps orient new members, oversees the KHN website, and issues press releases to promote KHN and its activities to our members and the wider community.

Contact: Gerry Bogatz gbogatz@marketingworks.com or Geoff Wyckoff geoff.wyckoff@gmail.com (membership)

Mitzvah Committee helps put Jewish values to work to improve our world. It fosters a Jewish community where values of tzedekah and tikkun olam are translated into actions to assist members of the KHN community in times of need and to better the world one task at a time. The committee carries out the annual KHN Mitzvah Day, which is coordinated with the Martin Luther King national holiday, collects food for the Lambertville Food Pantry, and contributes to the High Holiday Food Drive.

Our motto: Actions speak louder than meetings.

Contact: Regina Bost r.bost08@comcast.net

Ritual Committee maintains the ritual practices and policies of KHN. Along with Rabbi Diana, the committee establishes the annual Jewish Community Calendar to determine how and when our congregation will observe Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and even certain secular holidays,. Once details are finalized, the Ritual Committee organizes people from inside and outside the synagogue to make each event come to life.  Two events hosted by the Ritual Committee have become KHN legends: the Break-the-Fast Buffet following Yom Kippur and the Community Seder on the second night of Passover.

The committee also helps coordinate support for congregants and families throughout their life cycles: birth, b'nai mitzvah, marriage, and death. The committee establishes guidelines for broader issues pertaining to our sacred space, including Kashrut policy and respectful practices in the sanctuary and seeks to provide unanimity within our diverse community, whose members come from varied religious traditions and levels of observance.

Contact: Jennifer Fritch jenniferfritch@yahoo.com or Rabbi Diana Miller rabbidianamiller@gmail.com

Sukkot - Simchat Torah

Sukkot - Simchat Torah

Sukkot, a time of joy and happiness, commemorates God's sheltering our ancestors as they wandered in the desert. The final days, Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, are marked by dancing with the Torah and even more joy. Check out our Holiday Kit for activities to celebrate and share with your family.

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