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Committees & Groups

The following are a few of the Committees & Groups at our Temple:

Audacious Bakers:
Did you know that the Friday night dessert oneg (translated as “pleasure, joy, exquisite delight”) often includes baked goods made lovingly by temple members? These amazing congregants invite you to join their efforts and become an “Audacious Baker” even if you don’t bake! How?
1. Volunteer to come in on a Friday before 5pm to platter pastries. There are up to 20 specific Fridays per year that we need this help, so be in touch for dates.
2. Stay after select Friday night services to carefully put away the unused pastries in freezer-proof containers.
3. Bake pastries at home or in the upstairs kitchen at the synagogue.
Point of Contact Sherri Krause, 


Chop & Chat Crew:
Did you know that every Shabbat morning after the Conservative service, we continue the special time with our community by sharing lunch together? Sometimes Torah discussions can be heard along with lots of laughter as friends relax and celebrate what good things happened during their week. We always end in songs of praise as we thank The Holy One for the meal (Birkat Hamazon or colloquially known as “benching” in Yiddish). These meals are lovingly prepared weekly by our Chop & Chat Crew in the downstairs kosher dairy kitchen. We meet mostly on Friday afternoons (but sometimes Thursday or Friday mornings) to cook hot dishes and prep for Saturday morning.
Point of Contact Sandy Rothberg,


Bereavement Committee:
Provides an appropriate bereavement support group in your time of need, including access to ongoing support groups in the local vicinity, whether spiritual or secular based.
Committee chair: Phyllis Blanc,


Chai Guys
Typically meet the third Thursday of the month.  For more information contact Brad Shapero at


Conservative Rituals Committee:
Plans, facilitates and coordinates conservative worship. Works closely with the Rabbis and Cantor; also responsible for activities related to Shabbat services and other Jewish holidays.
Committee chair: Brad Shapero,


Daytime Book Club:
Our Daytime Book Club provides you with the opportunity to read one of the Jewish-themed books selected (list is available in the library) each month and enjoy an exchange of ideas.
Dates: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:30am -1pm
Point of contact: Sharon Wolfson,


Education Committee:
Sub Group – Religious School Committee
The mission of the TBE Religious School Committee is to support the goals of the TBE Religious School, to promote school programming, to further communication between the Religious School and families, and to build our TBESOC community through a meaningful religious school experience.
Point of contact: Dayna Herz,


Gift Shop:
Assists in running our gift shop.
Committee chair: Lin Goldman,


Havurat Tzedek:
Havurat Tzedek is a group inspired by Jewish commitment dedicated to raising awareness by doing charitable and service work. Havurat Tzedek participates in:

  • Social action projects, such as our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving project on November 24
  • Awareness and education
  • Stimulating and engaging discussion
  • Visiting local nursing homes and sharing Shabbat or a Jewish holiday with people who do not have many or any visitors
  • Putting together and delivering misloach manot (Purim gift baskets of food and drink) to nursing homes and others in our local community 

Our Feed the Hungry campaign, a year-round food drive and toiletry campaign, benefits families in need in our immediate area through Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County. Please drop off a canned item and/or travel-size shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. (downstairs in the labeled bin) whenever you are in the synagogue for school, a meeting,services, a social event, etc.

Committee Chair: Jodi Halbreich,


Hinenu Caring Committee:
The purpose of the Hinenu Caring Committee is to help support our congregants who are going through life challenges, such as observing shiva for a loved-one, recovering from illness or surgery, or experiencing the temporary stress of caring for a family member. We work in coordination with our clergy, who keep us informed when members are in need of such attention. We, in turn provide feedback after we make these contacts to our clergy. We specifically offer the following to congregants in the above situations:

  • Deliver to a congregant or family several delicious kosher style meals that we, as a committee, cook and freeze.
  • Call and check in on members who are recovering from surgery or illness.Arrange for temporary or long-term home bound congregants to receive regular visits from a committee member.
  • Arrange for specially-trained committee members to visit congregants who are temporarily in convalescent care or in the hospital who state that they’d like a visitor.
  • Send volunteers to TBESOC Shiva Minyans when having a enough Jewish attendees for a minyan is in doubt.
  • Help set out and clean up the food provided by the family or friends of mourners at Meals of Consolation (post-funeral) and/or shiva minyans so that the mourners are not burdened by that. Click here to find out more.

Committee co-chair: Patty Rosenbaum, & Cindy Leish,


Hiking Group:
Are you passionate about hiking? Have you considered going on a hike, but don’t have anybody to go with or are hesitant to take that first step? We have a group for you! Explore the beautiful outdoors and connect with the wider Jewish community on our periodic beginner to low-intermediate level hikes around Orange County. Guided by Mansour Kohanteb, an experienced hiker, the Hiking Group is an ongoing, drop-in opportunity for all ages—and no prior experience is necessary. The trails vary in location, elevation and difficulty so you can pick and choose which hike to join.
Point of Contact Mansour at 


The Israel Matters Committee:
“To deepen the bond between מדינת ישראל and Temple Beth El of South Orange County by creating and implementing an education and advocacy programs targeted to increase the congregation’s knowledge and experience of Israeli life and culture and to facilitate support of Israel.”
Committee chair: Charlene Zuckerman,


Jewish Justice Advocates:
Educate, Advocate and Engage in Civil Action Advance social justice in accordance with Jewish values! Jewish Justice Advocates puts on educational programs, advocates, and engages in social action to try to eradicate the root causes of social injustice. JJA has chosen to focus on the following Issues this year:

  • Immigration
  • Homelessness
  • Preventing gun violence
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Civic engagement
  • Equal rights
  • The environment

We also partner with and support Havurat Tzedek, TBESOC’s charitable service committee. Watch for upcoming social justice opportunities!
Point of  contact Barby Schwid at, or Carol Singer at 

Click Here to get more information and upcoming events


Jewish Life and Ritual Committee:
The scope of the JLRC is as follows:

  • “Audacious Hospitality” – all ritual events are designed to allow participants feel welcome regardless of difference, and to build relationships with each other.
  • Spirituality – all ritual events strive to help connect participants with meaning, purpose, and connection to something greater than themselves.
  • Tradition – all ritual events are guided by the wisdom of our Jewish sages, even as they are interpreted by us today. This element is distinguished from the value of “familiarity” which ensures that participants do what they are accustomed to.Accessibility – all ritual events are designed for all congregants to participate, regardless of Jewish knowledge or Hebrew skills.
  • Participation – all ritual events allow and encourage participation, whether encouraging congregation to sing, allow people to lead portions of the service and ritual, or create space for people to share their thoughts and experiences.

Committee chair: Mark Adler,


Library Committee:
Helps with signing books in and out and assists with organizing and publicizing various library events held throughout the year.
Point of contact: Sharon Wolfson,
Mimi Harris,


Meditation & Jewish Spirituality:
Create Temple Beth El of South Orange County programs and community connections through meditation, contemplative prayer, and wisdom teachings from the Jewish mystical tradition, and to deepen our relationships with God and one another.
Committee Chair: Dennis O’Reilly or Ellen Prince, 

Membership/Outreach Committee:
Reaches out to the community by offering Shabbat dinners and fun membership events, chavurot and volunteer programs.
Point of contact: VP Membership, Lainey Mitzman,

People of the Book (evening book club)
Join a fabulous group as we explore Jewish-themed books. This book club will give you the opportunity to read one of the selected books each month and enjoy a discussion of the book’s themes.
Dates: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm
Point of Contact: Mollie Lazarus,

RAK Scholar-in-Residence
Help plan, fund raise, and implement the Rabbi Allen Krause Scholar-in-Residence

Volunteer Choir
Sings at our worship services.
Point of Contact: Cantor Natalie Young

Wednesday Morning Mahj
Spend your Wednesday mornings playing Mahj! Match your wits while schmoozing and noshing for a few rounds of this ancient Chinese game with an American spin. There is the exhilaration of winning a hand as well as regret at not having been bold enough to have made a different choice. Like poker, you will learn a lot about your opponents as you play mah jongg and adjust your strategy according to their strengths and weaknesses. All levels of players are welcome.
Point of Contact Wendy Yesharim,

Women’s Retreat Committee:
Plans and coordinates the annual TBESOC Women’s retreat held each year in the spring
Point of Contact: Hilary Rosen & Cat Mirsky

Thu, October 22 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781