Committees

Executive:  Comprised of the officers of the Board, it evaluates professional staff and oversees all aspects of the Synagogue.   Email Russ Margolis

Mission:  Provides guidance to the President and the lay and professional leadership.

Adult Education:  Education programs may vary widely in content, scope, and format, ranging from ongoing study sessions led by the Rabbi or other education staff, to large one-time events open to the entire community.   The committee will seek to provide educational experiences for congregants with a wide range of interests and backgrounds, and will coordinate its programs with other BSS committees.  Email Russ Margolis   

Mission:  To develop and promote traditional and creative opportunities for adult education consistent with the overall mission and values of Bolton Street Synagogue and in conjunction with the Rabbi and other educational staff of the synagogue.  

Building/Grounds/Interior Design: Is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the building and grounds as well as making recommendations for the interior spaces of the building.  Email Gary Felser

Mission:  Helps maintain and improve the property and the building for our congregation’s needs and uses, including planning for any future changes and additions.  Utilizes outside vendors and designers as needed.  Responsible for making interior design decisions (furniture, art, embellishments, etc) that are consistent with and adhere to the integrity of the synagogue’s architecture and design.

Finance: Oversees the financial stability of the congregation; prepares a yearly budget for approval by the Board.  Email Ralph Raphael

Mission:  Creates yearly budgets for Board approval; oversees investments and spending.

Development: Creates and implements long- and short-term fund-raising plans for capital needs, annual fund and endowment.  Email Nancy Savage

Mission: Provides financial stability through fund raising

Inclusion: The Inclusion Committee will provide research, input, and policy review for each of the other committees, and will assist BSS leadership in developing policy designed to lead to an accessible synagogue community that encourages and supports full participation by all.  Email Leslie Margolis, lesliem@mdlclaw.org 

Mission: To be fully inclusive and welcoming to all members and guests, including those with and without disabilities, in all aspects of synagogue life.  

Leadership Development: Works to ensure that the Board is well-rounded and has the appropriate skill-set appropriate for the Synagogue; recommends future Board members; invites congregants to serve on committees and chair special events so that they may be nurtured as potential leaders and Board members.  Engages new and current congregants in activities to encourage more involvement with the synagogue.  Email Elaine Richman

Mission: Develops a system to ensure that all interested members of the congregation are given the opportunity to become active. Works with the Congregational Life Committee to identify members who may be interested in and useful to our various committees and to identify those who may become potential board members; to nominate candidates for the Board; to organize annual board retreats each fall, and; to educate Board members on various topics of interest.  

Library Committee:  Responsible for purchasing books and maintaining the library and its systems.  It is also responsible for maintaining the historical records of the synagogue.  Email Doug Carrey-Beaver

Membership, Marketing and Engagement (MME): Engage in activities promoting BSS to the Baltimore community with the express purpose of increasing BSS membership and growing enrollment in the Religious School.  Collaborate with the BSS Director of Education and Engagement to develop and implement outreach and marketing programs to attract new members; update prospective membership materials; publicize Synagogue activities and programs to internal audiences; develop strategies for improving visibility of BSS in the larger Baltimore community through BSS’s website and social media and by supporting activities of like-minded organizations.  Be a positive public presence/face of Bolton Street Synagogue by actively promoting BSS, whenever appropriate, inside and outside of the synagogue.  Connect with congregants and prospective members by regularly attending services and developing face-to-face relationships with BSS visitors and prospective members. Email Marc Wernick, mhwernick@aol.com 

Mission:  MME promotes BSS activities to our own community and in the community at large in order to increase BSS membership and enrollment in the Religious School.  

Parent Advisory Committee

Mission:  To support the principal, administrators, parents, teachers and students of the Bolton Street Synagogue Religious School.  Through monthly meetings held during religious school, the PAC discusses and plans events, provides input to faculty, supports the Rabbi’s objectives, carries out the principal’s vision, and helps make the school experience both educationally enriching and enjoyable for all students.  The PAC also represents the interests of the parents and the school by advising the Board of Directors about school-related issues, including school policy, synagogue-wide events, the b’nai mitzvah process, views about staffing and curriculum, and issues related to children of all ages through high school.  

Note:  Not included in PAC jurisdiction are issues of the school related to salary, tuition, other financial obligations, or issues related to adult education beyond the school years unless a congregation-wide event.

Religious Culture: Works closely with the Rabbi and Cantor to enhance spirituality for the congregation, helps organize and coordinate services for Shabbat, High Holy Days, and other holidays. Promotes Jewish content and music in the observance of holidays and festivals and recommends religious policy and practice.   Email Irving Reti,  imreti@jhmi.edu

Mission: Promotes personal and communal involvement in services, celebrations and religious practices.  Recommends policies and guidelines for the religious practices of the Synagogue.   Encourages the use of music and works to enhance congregants’ experience of many aspects of synagogue life with an emphasis on promoting congregant involvement.

Social Action: Creates a forum for the congregation to discuss local and national issues; engages the congregation in activities that promote good will throughout the community.  Handles charitable contributions from the synagogue.   Email Cathy Raab,  cathylraab@aol.com

Mission: Arranges service projects which facilitate Bolton Street members becoming involved in worthwhile causes of Baltimore City and the surrounding area. Periodically brings to the congregation’s attention issues and opportunities for charity and action relating to more regional, national, or global problems.  Serves as a forum for reviewing requests for charitable assistance or financial contributions which come to the synagogue.