Adult Education - Plans and presents educational programs for adults. There is no current chair for this committee. Please contact the executive director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Art - Accepts/acquires art for Bet Shalom and places on display, with the goal of enhancing the aesthetic and spiritual quality of our home. Sells or disposes of art at the committee's discretion. For more information regarding the Art Committee, please contact Committee Chair Jodi Upin.

Budget & Finance - Works with the professional staff to prepare the annual operating budget for Bet Shalom for each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). The Budget and Finance Committee is chaired by the current Treasurer. For more information regarding the Budget & Finance Committee, please contact Committee Chair Ron Kelner.

Building - Ensures that all areas of the congregational building are properly maintained. Acts as a superintendent for the building and equipment, including technology needs. Develops policies for the rental and/or usage of building rooms. For more information regarding the Building Committee, please contact Committee Chair Dan Feder.

Bylaws - Responds to questions about interpretation of Bet Shalom's bylaws from the Board, the rabbis and other professional staff; formulates and proposes amendments on the very rare occasions that amendments are needed. For more information regarding the Bylaws Committee, please contact our Executive Director.

Caring Community - Supports those who are ill or in need, either in person, by phone or by card. Makes and delivers meals for those who are ill, observing Shiva, etc. Solicits support of the entire congregation. It's much easier to accept help when it is offered than to go looking for it at the time of need. Requests are kept confidential. For more information regarding the Caring Community, please contact Committee Chair, Nicki Murphy.

Catering - Formulates policy regarding the use of our kitchen and social hall space. Sets and periodically reviews the facility usage fees that are charged to members and outside groups for functions taking place in our building. Keeps an ongoing inventory of kitchen equipment and monitors the storage and usage of kitchen staples and supplies. Makes recommendations to the Board regarding the management of Bet Shalom's kitchen and outlines the terms by which any outside contractors are permitted to prepare and serve food on our premises. For more information regarding the Catering Committee, please contact Committee Chair Sally Bressler.

Cultural Arts - Builds a cultural program that enriches the lives of our congregation and community through visual and performing art reflecting a Jewish experience. Organizes cultural events (music, dance, theater, film, and art exhibits) at Bet Shalom, coordinates members who wish to gather to perform, and organizes group attendance at community cultural events. For more information regarding the Cultural Arts Committee, please contact Committee Chair Henry Berman.

Dues - Administers all aspects of congregational dues and capital fund pledges. Sets dues policy and gets involved in collections when necessary. Aims to strike a delicate balance, while meeting our congregational revenue goals as set by the Bet Shalom Board of Trustees, and does so in a manner that is respectful of the dignity of our member families and in keeping with the principles of Reform Judaism. For more information regarding the Dues Committee, please contact Committee Chair Laurie Levin.

Education - Guides Jewish education within the Religious School by assuring that the Religious School philosophy and goals are achieved. Consistent with the Bylaws, the committee focuses on strategic and policy issues, resource allocation, establishing and monitoring priorities and ensuring the strength of Religious School leadership and personnel. Provides input to operational issues as requested. Recommends an annual operating and capital budget to the Budget & Finance Committee, monitors the use of funds and, when necessary, seeks additional funding. For more information regarding the Education Committee, please contact Committee Chair Stacy Levy.

Fundraising - Creates and executes programs and events to raise revenue in support of synagogue activities. Supervises and coordinates the fundraising activities of all other Congregational committees. For more information regarding the Spring Fundraiser, please contact Committee Chair Anissa Gurstel. For all other fundraising inquiries, please contact the executive director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Inclusion - The Inclusion Committee assures that all members of Bet Shalom Congregation be able to fully participate in all spiritual, educational, social, celebratory and life event activities at our synagogue.  We support a community where all members share a sense of dignity, empathy and togetherness; where inclusion is the framework around which congregation activities are centered. For more information regarding the Inclusion Committee, please contact Committee Chairs Sharon Palay and Leslie Laub.

Landscape - Works in coordination with the Building Committee to design, install and maintain the Bet Shalom landscape. Works with those who use the grounds for ritual, educational and recreational use. For more information regarding the Landscape Committee, please contact Committee Chair Jeff Upin.

Leadership - Refines the current Leadership Development Program curriculum based on the current program's experience and implements refinements within the coming two years. For more information regarding the Leadership Committee, please contact Brian Shapiro and Marc Sokol.

Library - Supports the needs of our diverse families in all facets of their Jewish life and learning. Staffs the library; assists in cataloging, processing, shelving, and inventory of resources. Works with the education department and provides fundraising support. For more information regarding the Library Committee, please contact Committee Chairs Leanne Lehn and Liya Oertel.

Membership - Welcomes new members to the synagogue. Coordinates new member dinners, breakfasts, and the delivery of welcome baskets. For more information regarding the Membership Committee, please contact our executive director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oneg-Cookie Bank - Coordinates contributions to the cookie bank for Onegs, plans Oneg baking opportunities in the Bet Shalom kitchen and assists with the annual hammentaschen baking and sale. For more information regarding the Oneg-Cookie Bank Committee, please contact Committee Chair Christy Bateman.

Personnel - Oversees Human Resource areas at Bet Shalom. The Personnel committee is made up of selected appointed members and three congregants at large. The specific appointed members are the President, the Treasurer and the Education Chair, as well as the Board member with the Personnel committee portfolio. The three congregants at large may be invited because of specific professional training or credentials. Guests of the committee are the Rabbis, Executive and Education Directors. This committee deals with issues like reviewing and updating the employee handbook, reviewing and updating policies of the B'nai Mitzvah Tutors and evaluating a PTO policy vs. sick time and vacation time policies. A sub-committee of the Personnel Committee is the Compensation Committee, which makes recommendations to the Budget & Finance committee regarding annual salary increases for the staff (non-contract employees). This subcommittee is made up of the President, Treasurer and Personnel Chair. For more information regarding the Personnel Committee, please contact Committee Chairs Laurie Levin and Seymour Mansfield.

Planned Giving and Endowment Committee - Provides annual earnings to support Bet Shalom's operations, and collects funds for investment and various other uses. This group has a separate Endowment Board of Trustees who cannot be Bet Shalom Board Members or Officers. For more information regarding the Endowment Committee, please contact one of the Committee Chair Tom Meyers.

Preschool - Provides support to the Shalom Yeladim Director regarding operations, fund-raising, and development of policy for the preschool. Serves as a liaison between Shalom Yeladim and the Bet Shalom Board of Directors. For more information regarding the Preschool Committee, please contact the Committee Chairs Matthew Reich or Mike Milkovich.

Ritual - Serves as a sounding board and liaison for the Rabbis and congregation regarding rituals and worship practices at Bet Shalom. Makes recommendations to the Rabbis and shares insight on ritual practices that are reached through study with the Rabbis with the congregation. For more information regarding the Ritual Committee, pleace contact Committee Chair Burt Schwartz.

Social Action - Provides opportunities for congregants interested in social action projects and ensures that Bet Shalom is represented in the Twin Cities' community of congregations that participate in Tikkun Olam. Partners with our educators and youth groups to foster a lifelong commitment to Tikkun Olam among our children and grandchildren. Tikkun Olam is interpreted broadly to refer to volunteerism, advocacy and critical thinking about our world. For more information regarding the Social Action Committee, please contact Committee Chair Gail Brottman-Kagan.

Ushering - Serves at Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services as well as during holiday services. Greets congregants and guests, hands out programs, keeps a watchful eye on our youth and tidies up after services. For more information regarding the Ushering Committee, please contact Committee Chairs Vera Levit or Peggy Garberick.

Youth Activities - Assists the professional staff in supporting and supervising the various congregational youth group programs and youth group activities for youth in all grades - including BeSTY, social, intercongregational and social action programs. For more information regarding the Youth Activities Committee, please contact Committee Chair Phil Ecker.