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COMMITTEES

B’nai Shalom of Olney has an active core of volunteers creating diverse programs, recommending policies and working with our members to provide for their needs during simhas and sorrows. Your involvement will ensure that these services continue to be a vital part of our congregation.
 
Members of B’nai Shalom of Olney plan our programs and make activities happen. We welcome and depend on the many talents of our congregants. There are an infinite number of ways to participate in synagogue life. There are committees for education, fund raising, membership, land and building, religious, bikur holim, hesed, and Youth Commission, to name a few. 
 
STANDING COMMITTEES:  
 
MEMBERSHIP  (Chair: Brian Lubin)
The Membership Committee provides information and support to current and potential members of BSO. It hosts various events in support of current and prospective members throughout the year including the Boo-Hoo Breakfast on the first days of preschool, Welcome Back Breakfast at the opening of Sunday school and delivery of welcome baskets to new members.
 
HAZAK  (Co-Chairs: Naomi Kline & Sandy Kusselson)
The Hazak Committee functions as a group of active seniors who are members of BSO.  This group plans and attends events together that are both educational and social in nature. A variety of activities are hosted and the committee leads one Shabbat service.
 
PROGRAMMING  (Chair: Cindy Shuman)
The Program Committee coordinates various educational and social events at BSO throughout the year. 
 
PUBLICITY  (Chair: Open) 
This group works to heighten community and member awareness of activities and programs that BSO offers.
 
FUNDRAISING  (Chair: Open)
The Fundraising Committee is dedicated to organizing, promoting and conducting a variety of fundraising activities for BSO throughout each year.
 
INCLUSION  (Chair: Heidi Cohen)
The Inclusion Committee works to raise awareness of special needs and other groups at BSO.  It hosts an annual Inclusion Shabbat, including sign interpreters, members of group homes, and speakers.
 
YOUTH COMMISSION  (Chair: Harriet Caplan)
The Youth Commission organizes and holds meaningful and fun programs targeted to youth and families at BSO.  These activities include holiday programs, trips, community service and sporting events that integrate Jewish values and teachings. The activities are organized by age group to ensure the activities are tailored to the youths’ needs. 
 
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL EDUCATION (Education and Youth Vice President: Tami Bonnett-Admi)
(Co-Chairpersons: Meliha Perez Halpern & Stacey Weinberg)
The Education Committee works with the Religious School Director to support the education of our children in the Morduck and Rebecca Kapiloff Religious School.
 
EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOOL  (Chair: Lauren Zarren & Emily Briton)
The Early Childhood School Committee provides support to the Early Childhood School director and is a liaison between the families of our Nursery School and the Board.
 
LEGAL AND BY-LAWS  (Chair: Jerry Oslick)
The Legal and By-Laws Committee meets several times a year to review and update our congregational by-laws to meet the changing needs of the congregation.
 
LIBRARY  (Chair: Ron Schneider)
This committee maintains the Lt. Col. Simon and Frances Broder Library, containing more than 2000 volumes relating to various aspects of Judaism and Jewish-related fiction.  The committee has responsibility for purchasing new books, disposing of books no longer desired, arranging books on the shelves in the library, maintaining an up-to-date catalog of inventory and various types of book displays on an occasional basis.  The members of the committee meet as needed. Volunteers are always welcome.
 
SOCIAL ACTION  (Chair: Open)
The Social Action Committee develops programs and opportunities for congregants to get involved in enhancing the well being of the local, national and global community. In addition, there is a "Mitzvah of the Month" project announced in the Newsletter and in online communications.  
 
RELIGIOUS  (Chair: Larry Fishbein)
The Religious Committee is set up to organize, administer and supervise all matters pertaining to the religious activities of the Congregation.  The committee cooperates with the Rabbi and Hazzan in the performance of these responsibilities.  The committee meets monthly and congregants are welcome to attend or to provide input for consideration whenever they wish.  We welcome your input and look forward to serving you.
 
ISRAEL CONNECTION  (Chair: Irwin J Shorr)
The committee meets to review important issues regarding the State of Israel. We write editorials and Op-Ed pieces, meet with elected officials and encourage our membership to be pro-active and advocates for Israel. Israel Bonds phone number 301-654-6575.
  
ENDOWMENT  (Chair: 
Dan Kane
The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to obtain and administer capital resources to broaden the base of support for BSO’s operational needs and to build a permanent endowment that can help serve as a financial underpinning for the religious, charitable and educational needs for the next generation of BSO members.  
 
TORAH READER COORDINATOR  (Harvey Lebson)

HAFTARAH READER COORDINATOR  (Paula Evans)
 
KIDDUSH KONVERSATION  (Earl Kudlick)
Fri, December 15 2017 27 Kislev 5778