Get Involved

When new members join Woodlands, the rabbi usually tells them to wait six months before getting involved with the myriad committees and other activities the temple sponsors. For many members, it doesn't take nearly that long. Following is a list of committees, with information about what they do and who chairs them. Don't hesitate to contact committee chairs directly if you're interested in getting involved. For information on the activities of several of these committees, such as Social Action, check out other pages on the website. 

Every two years, Woodlands runs a leadership training program called Derekh for temple members interested in getting further involved in temple leadership. The program, led by Rabbi Billy Dreskin and Dale Glasser, a temple member and the Union for Reform Judaism's lead specialist for the Congregational Consulting Group, meets once a month for eight months and covers a wide range of temple leadership and management issues. For information about Derekh, write This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Committees:

Executive Committee — Chaired by Dayle Fligel, WCT President.  Made up of the officers of the congregation, this group meets once a month to discuss matters to bring to the Board of Trustees and to act, when necessary and appropriate, if crucial decisions must be made without adequate time to convene the full Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees — Chaired by Dayle Fligel, WCT President Elected leadership of the congregation. Meets monthly to discuss and determine synagogue policy.

Ritual Committee — Co-chaired by Natalie Werner and Don Levan. With the Cantor and Rabbi, sets policy and supervises activities connected with Shabbat worship, religious observance, and holiday celebration.

Adult Ed — Co-chaired by Phyllis Hirth and Marge Thrope. Working closely with the Director of Congregational Learning, creates and implements a vision for ongoing, lifelong Jewish learning in our congregation.

School Board — Chaired by Heidi Gralla, School Board President. Oversight of the religious school.

Social Action Committee — Co-chaired by Julie Stein and Roberta Roos. 

Finance Committee — Chaired by Andy Farber, VP Finance. Oversees finances of the congregation, including exploring revenue sources and monitoring spending and income during the fiscal year.

Marketing Committee — Develops marketing plans, places advertising, maintains temple website, handles PR, creates temple branding and marketing materials such as brochures and flyers.

Membership Committee – Co-chaired by Lee Brickman and Lisa Linn. Encourages and supports new members, and ensures that continuing remained connected to Woodlands.

ARZA/Israel Committee – Co-chaired by Jeanne Bodin and Corey Friedlander. Working to build meaningful connections between us and the nation and land and people of Israel.

Chesed Committee – Currently being reconstituted. A new temple project which hopes to organize members to provide outreach and support to other members during times of physical and emotional need.

Fundraising Committee — Chaired by Andy Farber, VP Finances. Develops and carries out events to raise money to defray the costs of various activities and works of the congregation.

L’Dor va’Dor Committee — Co-chaired by David Fligel. Coordinates annual appeal and long-term endowment campaigns in our temple.

Programming Committee — Chaired by Nancy Fishman, VP Programming/Ritual. Organizes social and cultural events for our congregants.

Youth Committee — Co-chaired by Julie Klein and Leora Cohen-Friedman. Works with youth director to support and advance informal social and educational programming for grades 5 to 12.

Coffee House Committee — Chaired by Dan Emery. Runs “The Woodlands” coffee house.

Cemetery Committee — Chaired by Bob Apter. Oversees sales of parcels owned by WCT at Sharon Gardens, as well as setting and reviewing congregational policies in connection with ownership and use of burial sites.

Hevra Kaddisha — Chaired by David Berliner. Provides congregant-led shiva services in members’ homes when a loved one has died.

College Committee — Chaired by Judy Flamm. Facilitates contact between the congregation and our children away at college. Sends holiday mailings, and arranges vacation-time get-togethers.

Judaica Shop — Chaired by Karen and Mark Fox. Offers high-quality Jewish merchandise for sale in the foyer outside the Sanctuary. Proceeds support temple’s operating costs.