Committee Overview

Advanced Leadership
Committee Chair: Rose Lynn Sherr
al@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x110
The Advanced Leadership Committee will create a wide variety of programming for our 50+ member base at The Jewish Center. Past events and programs include a Hot Kiddush Luncheon, lectures, and social events. We look forward to your participation in this very exciting group. 
Visit the Advanced Leadership page for more information.

Archives
Committee Chair: Seth Jonas
archives@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 
The Archives committee works to preserve the rich and storied history of which The JC prides itself and makes it accessible to all.
Visit the Archives page for more information.

Bikkur Cholim and Bikkur in the Home
Committee Chairs for Bikkur Cholim: Shira Silton, Andrew Wigod, Leah Albek, Nava Silton, Johnny Glaser, Ariel Jerushalmi 
Committee Chairs for Bikkur in the Home: Esther Rimokh, Nicole Robles 
bikkurcholim@jewishcenter.org, bikurinthehome@gmail.com 
These committees do home visits and visit Mount Sinai Hospital every Shabbat afternoon. In addition, they make calls and run errands for those in need of assistance. 
Visit the Bikkur Cholim page for more information.
Visit the Bikkur in the Home page for more information.

Births Committee
Committee Chairs:
astrum@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x107
The work of this important committee represents one of the hallmarks of The Jewish Center: the sense of family that we aim to create. When parents celebrate the birth of a new baby, JC members help alleviate some of the stress of those first days. By providing meals, this committee helps ensure that our members feel the personal touch of The JC family. But it doesn't stop there. The Births Committee focuses on welcoming new parents and making it simple to be part of The JC Shabbat community through simple things, like creating a comfortable and private nursing room. Our Community Play Dates help you meet other parents and create a network of growing families. Our events aim to provide resources and support for new moms. Having a baby at The JC means you have a network of experts to fall back on, a group of friends for both you and your baby to hang out with, and the warmth of a community that is as excited for this new stage in your life as you are. 

Book Club
Committee Chair: Dinah Mendes
bookclub@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x119
The JC Book Club meets three times a year, in the home of a member, to discuss books with a Jewish theme or of Jewish interest.  Each meeting is led by a discussant and is followed by refreshments and socializing.  
Visit the Book Club page for more information.

Community Events
Committee Chair: 
astrum@jewishcenter.org
Tel:212-724-2700 x110
The Community events Committee was established to schedule programs intended to bring the JC community and the larger metropolitan Jewish community together to experience religiously and spiritually enlightening and inspiring events.
Visit the Community Events page for more information.

Education
Committee Chair: Bernard Falk
education@jewishcenter.org
Tel:212-724-2700 x119
Throughout its rich history, The Jewish Center has prided itself on its advanced educational initiatives, offering engaging and relevant courses on a wide variety of Jewish topics. By opening multiple portals of entry into the world of study, our goal is to make the study of Torah and the pursuit of wisdom accessible to our members and the broader Jewish community. 
Visit the Education page for more information.

Facilities
Committee Chair: Michael Jacobs 
mjacobsdhg@gmail.com
Tel: 212-724-2700
The Facilities committee oversees the entire physical facility and has direct responsibility for any renovation, construction or refurbishment of The Jewish Center building. 

Hospitality
Committee Chairs:
 Penina Blazer, 
Jeff Bogursky & Rona Kellman 

Tel: 212-724-2700 x119
The Hospitality Committee promotes the value of hachnasat orchim, welcoming guests, and creates an environment of warmth in the shul by welcoming newcomers and members each week. In addition, the committee works with community volunteers who open their homes on Shabbat to ensure that members and guests have a place to share a Shabbat meal in a friendly environment.
Visit the Hospitality page for more information.

House 
Committee Chair: Aaron Strum
astrum@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x107
The House committee oversees the ongoing maintenance of The Jewish Center building's operating systems and ensures the general appearance and cleanliness of the entire facility. 

Israel Activism
Committee Chair: Susan Canter
israelcommittee@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x110
The Jewish Center considers Israel activism a core value. Not only do we pray each Shabbat morning for a strong and secure State of Israel and for lasting peace in the Middle East, but we also do what we can to actualize those prayers, members who make aliyah are celebrated; travel to Israel, especially through The Jewish Center mission is encouraged; support of Israeli businesses, charities, and the Israeli economy is emphasized; and ongoing demonstrations of support for the government of Israel are endorsed. In addition, the Israel Activism Committee organizes events and projects to advance our members participation in local and national civic life to promote consciousness and awareness about Jewish issues by communicating with our elected official and disseminating information to the community.
Visit the Israel Activism page for more information.

JC Connections
Committee Chairs: 
jcconnectionsinfo@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x110
Initiated to support the meeting of singles from The Jewish Center and the broader New York City community, JC Connections hosts creative programs to facilitate introductions and to maximize interaction of participants with one another. Committee members follow up with participants soon after events and assist in further relationship building between individuals who express interest in each other. 
Visit the JC Connections page for more information.

Kiddush/Seudah Shlishit
Committee Chair: Aaron Strum
astrum@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700
The Kiddush/ Seudah Shlishit committee works with The Jewish Center office to solicit and coordinate sponsorship for The JC’s weekly kiddush and seudah shlishit. 

Library/Beit Midrash
Committee Chair: Sam Englander
LBM@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700
The Library/Beit Midrash committee is dedicated to the organization and development of the shul’s literary resources.  Our annual learning program is aimed towards bringing the community together to benefit from the Beit Midrash.  We look forward to making the Library and Beit Midrash a place where everyone will feel comfortable to read and learn, study and grow.  Make a request for books to be obtained or make a donation to honor a loved one’s memory.  
Visit the Library/Beit Midrash page for more information.

Oneg Shabbat
Committee Chair: Sherry Fessel
fess5@aol.com, onegshabbat.org
Oneg Shabbat distributes Shabbat food to those within our community who are unable to provide for themselves. Meals are prepared and delivered in a manner which preserves the dignity and privacy of those served. 
Visit the Oneg Shabbat page for more information.

Safety
Committee Chair: Yaron Kinar
yaron@jewishcenter.org 
The Safety committee ensures compliance with all governmental safety regulations. It outlines safety procedures and educates both staff and membership about these procedures. It provides training in appropriate life-saving techniques to staff, officers and JC members. 

Shivah Committee
Committee Chair: Adina Wagman, Alexis Goldstein 

adina@jewishcenter.org
The Shivah Committee provides support and comfort to recently bereaved members by coordinating and providing meals to families during the week of shivah

Sisterhood
Committee Chairs: Gilda Chodosh, Angela Sacks, Rachel Lurie
sisterhood@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x110
The Sisterhood's mission is to provide cultural, educational and social programs for Jewish Center members. In the past, this has encompassed a broad range of activities, from attending the opera to learning to bake challah to engaging in of-the-moment discussions at the annual brunch. Participants include young women in their teens to members of all generations. The Sisterhood is pleased to use the proceeds from these events and from annual dues to enhance and improve the aesthetics of The Jewish Center's appearance. We hope you will join us for upcoming programs. 
Visit the Sisterhood page for more information.

Social Action
Committee chair: Rabbi Dovid Zirkind
socialaction@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x119
Social Action aims to put the Jewish value of tikkun olam into action. The committee coordinates annual food drives with the kosher division of City Harvest, clothing drives for various charities, and blood drives in conjunction and cooperation with other community synagogues, schools, and Jewish institutions. Social action participates in public demonstrations against social injustice. 
Visit the Social Action page for more information.

Technology
Committee Chair: Aaron Strum
astrum@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x107
The Technology committee coordinates with The Jewish Center office on issues of technology and data management, including web development and constituent tracking software. 

Upper West Side Gemach
Committee Chairs: Adira Hulkower, Shera Goldman and Paula Vogel
uwsgemach@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x110
This is a repository for new and gently used clothes for those in need - both within our community and beyond it.
Visit the Upper West Side Gemach page.

Ushers
Committee Chiars: Amy Latkin & Dana Markow
ushers@jewishcenter.org
Ushers create a warm and welcoming environment for Jewish Center members and guests by greeting them and welcoming them to our services on Shabbat and on holidays. 

Welcoming Committee
Committee Chair: Rachel Ringler
Rachel@jewishcenter.org
The JC Welcoming Committee will infuse a sense of warmth and community in all aspects of life at the Center.  The Committee will generate ideas -- programmatic, procedural and structural -- to facilitate connections throughout our whole community.

Women’s Tehillim Group
Committee Chairs: Joyce Weitz, Miriam Gutwein & Rose Lynn Sherr
Tel: 212-877-1176
The Women’s Tehillim group meets biweekly, on Monday evenings at 7:15, to read Tehillim for those who are ill. Women of all ages are welcome to join for one or continual weeks. If you would like to add a name of someone who is ill to the list, please call Joyce Weitz at the number above. To find out when they are meeting next please check our weekly Shabbat Bulletin.

Young Couples and Families
Committee Co-Chairs: Yael & Tony Pinto
ycf@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x110
Young Couples & Families (YCF) schedules a wide range of exciting programs to facilitate Jewish Center young couples and families meeting one another and to develop relationships with other members and with the clergy. Be a part of this wonderful network of couples and families.
Visit the Young Couples and Families page for more information.

Young Leadership
Committee Chair: Lauren Browdy
yl@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x119
The Young Leadership Committee is a dynamic group that services the young adult population of our community through an ambitious calendar of social and religious events. The nucleus of YL's programming is the weekly Shabbat minyan, a spiritual service in a warm atmosphere, including a sermon by JC clergy. The YL minyan sponsors a monthly hot Kiddush and Friday night dinners to please the palate as well as the soul, and Friday night onegs in casual venues to meet other members as well as the rabbis.
Visit the Young Leadership page for more information.

Youth Department
Youth Directors: Jenn and Gaby Minsky 
Committee Chairs: Deena Blanchard, Neil Leibowitz, Rona Steinerman

jennandgaby@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x114
he Jewish Center Youth Department is one of the most successfully run youth programs on the Upper West Side and remains a wonderful draw for young families in our community. With professionally run Shabbat programs in our beautifully renovated Youth Center and Beit Midrash and a plethora of exciting and educational year-round events, parents of children in preschool through 6th grade can participate fully in Synagogue and Holiday services while their children are exposed to introductory tefillah education, Parsha study, and some wonderful peer fun as well. The Jewish Center is the center for the entire family, including your tots and teens. 
Some of our recent events include: Our annual Pre-hakafot for Pre-Schoolers, Pizza in the Hut, Teen Dinner and a Special Family Friday Night Dinner featuring the Bible Players.
Visit the Youth Department page for more information.

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