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How Will You be Engaged at BSO this Year?

YES! is a congregation-wide theme for the 2018-19 year. Throughout the year, all BSO-affiliated groups are being encouraged to engage members in activities that reflect Jewish values and experiences through service to our community. The community we support may be our own congregation, our local area, or a broader-reaching, national or global community. YES! will provide an opportunity for all of our members to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others.

Take the YES! Challenge this year:

  • Learn about opportunities
  • Participate in at least 3 YES! activities this year
  • Support BSO by helping to plan, organize, or volunteer for at least one event/activity

Click here to see all of the YES! Activities.

BSO Standing 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.


Chair: Vacant

Members of the Bikur Holim Committee, in coordination with the clergy, provide comfort and support to congregants’ loved ones who are ill, homebound, isolated and/or otherwise in distress. We are committed to calling, visiting and helping members of our community who are ill. We maintain the Mi Shebeirach List of those we keep in our thoughts and for whom prayers of healing are dedicated by the congregation.


Chair: Leisa Sarecky, 301-529-9918,

This committee determines the budget for the upcoming year to present to the Congregation. The committee works with all departments and the Executive Director on their goals with assistance in assigning dollars to those goals while using historical information.


Chair: Dan Kane, 301-412-3266,

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.


Chair: Shira Oler, 301-502-9401,

The Fundraising Committee is dedicated to organizing, promoting and conducting a variety of fundraising activities for BSO throughout each year.


Paula Evans, 301-467-8398,

As Haftarah Reader Coordinator, I find congregants to chant the Haftorah when there is no B'nai Mitzvah and for holidays and festivals.


Chair: Naomi Kline, 240-669-7683,

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.


Chair: Andy Shuman, 301-774-8094,

The House Committee works to take care of our building (internal and external), including repairs, upkeep, replacement, purchasing, fire system, alarm system, video, sound system, equipment, etc.


Chair: Heidi Cohen, 301-570-0629,

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.


Chair: Vacant


Chair: Vacant

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.


Earl Kudlick, 301-570-9175,


Chair: Laurie Blumstein, 301-570-5198,


Chair: Jerry Oslick, 301-847-9839,

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.


Chair: Ron Schneider, 301-774-4662,

This committee maintains the Lt. Col. Simon and Frances Broder Library, containing more than 2,000 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 preparing various types of book displays on an occasional basis.


Chair: Vacant

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.


Editor: Barry Cohen, 301-570-5271,

Co-Editor: Tami Abramowitz, 240-535-5148,


Chair: Cindy Shuman, 301-774-8094,

The Program Committee coordinates various educational and social events at BSO throughout the year.




Chair: Aaron Weinberg, 301-570-6302,

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.


Co-Chairs: Meliha Halpern, 703-338-2179,

Stacey Weinberg, 301-570-6302,

The Education Committee works with the Religious School Director to support the education of our children in the Morduck and Rebecca Kapiloff Religious School.


Chair: Open

Interfaith Works Women’s Center Lead: Meredith Singer, 301-260-8368,

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.


Harvey Lebson, 301-774-9283,


Chair: Harriet Caplan, 301-570-1152,

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.

The youth groups are:

USY: Grades 9-12

Kadima: Grades 6-8

Machar: Grades 3-5

Bonim: Grades K-2



BSO Groups

Early Childhood School at B’nai Shalom of Olney

Director: Rabbi Sarah Meytin;

The future of education is now here in Olney!

Offering a nurturing learning environment for children ages 2-5 years old.

Interfaith Works Women’s Center

Meredith Singer, 301-792-5509, mgjsinger@hotmail.comOn the 3rd Wednesday of each month, BSO cooks and serves dinner to 35 homeless women at the Shelter. We provide a hot dinner of main dishes, sides, dessert, fruit and drinks. It is a safe, wonderful place where the women are always kind and appreciative.

Morduck and Rebecca Kapiloff Religious School

Interim Director: Rabbi Kim Blumenthal;

Men’s Club

Marc Smith, 301-570-041,

Ron Schneider, 301-774-4662,

Speaker brunches; Ushering for services; Softball and basketball teams; World Wide Wrap; Sunday morning breakfasts; social activities

Women's Circle

Tara Goldstein, 301-404-3096,

Karen Leventhal, 301-922-9573,

At BSO, the Women's Circle is a place where women bond, share friendships and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Jewish woman. We sponsor programs and speakers throughout the year on a range of topics including Jewish family education and living, health and leisure, along with a variety of social events including a membership luncheon each Fall.

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