Committees of Temple Beth El


Board of Education

Sandi Kupperman Learning Center
Chair:  Paul Farkas – The Board of Education has overall responsibility for directing and overseeing educational activities throughout Temple Beth El, from preschool through adulthood. The Board is charged to discuss and review:

  • decisions on major educational themes and curriculum;
  • approaches to and evaluation of educational programs across the range of ages;
  • policies for educational activities (predominantly regarding the religious school); and
  • funding issues, including budget planning.

The Board is composed of volunteers who meet on a monthly basis to discuss past, current, and future educational efforts broadly categorized according to the religious school, teen education, family education, and adult education.


Chair:  Allen Mackler – Oversees the maintenance of the cemetery and coordinates burials.


Chair:  Rick Ratner – Manages the finances of the congregation, including investments, and prepares annual budget.


Chair:  Ellen Ratner – Coordinates outreach to our congregants who are ill, are new parents or who have suffered a loss, through calls, notes or meals.


Chair:  Danny Plotkin – Oversees maintenance and repair of building operational systems, such as HVAC, sound, plumbing, landscaping, kitchen equipment and roofing.


  • Architecture and Design  Co-Chairs:  Susan Firestone & Howard Smithline – Advises the temple on renovation and repair projects in public areas.


Co-Chairs:  Stuart Anfang & Jeff Mandell – Solicits requests for members to remember TBE in their estate plans and stewards those who have made such a commitment.


Chair:  Esta Farkas – Responsible for recruitment, welcoming and engagement of new members.


Co-Chairs:  Beth Danforth & Esta Farkas – Plans the annual Nechamen/Chernick Breakfast as well as other social programming.

Ritual Life

Chair:  Ellen Ratner – Sets policy, with the clergy, on ritual matters, such as B’nei Mitzvah, Shabbat and holiday services, and kashrut.


Chair:  Vickie Donovan – Plans activities and fundraisers which benefit the Torah Fund and the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center.

Social Action

Chair:  Suzanne Rosenberg – Coordinates tikkun olam (repairing the world) activities for the greater community, such as serving lunches and dinners at shelters.

Shomrei Adamah

Chair:  Heather Wasilewski – Responsible for bringing issues related to the environment to the synagogue and for making TBE as "green" as possible.


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