Board of Trustees

Officers

President: Eric Eisenstadt

Executive Vice President for Administration: Risa May

Vice President for Engagement: Don Hirsch

Vice President for Programming & Committees: Elizabeth Lacher

Vice President for Development: Sam Schwall

Treasurer: Stuart Dornfeld

Secretary: Meryl Paskow

Trustees

Eric and Bess Eisenstadt

2019 Board President Eric Eisenstadt with his wife Bess

Rachel Coehlo
Gail Dezube
Bob Fenster
Ben Galison
Leslie Hutchens
Jim Kranzberg
Laurie Levine
Robyn Mehlenbeck
Abbe Pascal
Mary Ann Ressin
Alexandra Sleeper
Ruth Ann Whalen

Committees at NVHC

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Auxiliaries

Brotherhood

An organization of men dedicated to serving the needs of our congregation, supporting our temple youth, and supporting the Jewish community. Sponsors monthly Sunday Family Breakfasts, supports periodic Mitzvah Days, acts as ushers during the High Holy Days, and sponsors the annual Purim Carnival.

Contact: Bob Fenster, President, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Sisterhood

Sisterhood supports and furthers the highest ideals of Judaism and the goals of NVHC by promoting camaraderie, esprit de corps, spirituality and participation in tikkun olam – repairing the world – within our Congregation and the greater community.

Contact: Fay Gubin, President, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Engagement and Support

Chavurot

Small friendship groups who get together for social, educational, and religious activities; an opportunity to be part of a smaller group within the larger NVHC community. New chavurot forming all the time.

Contact: Open position, meanwhile contact Don Hirsch, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Chevra Kadisha

Helps families in mourning arrange funerals, Shiva Minyans, and follow-up.

Contact: Open position; meanwhile contact Cantor Caro, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

College Outreach

Prepares and sends packages to college students to celebrate the Jewish holidays, and to continue their connections with the NVHC community.

Contact: Judy Naiman, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Engagement Committee

Sponsors programs and coordinates initiatives to help all congregants, new and old, deepen connections within the NVHC community.

Contact: Don Hirsch, Vice President for Engagement, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Green Team

Identifies and implements specific solutions to reduce NVHC’s carbon footprint, promote sustainability initiatives and solutions throughout the different aspects of congregational life and educate members of all ages on what they can do at NVHC, their homes, and businesses to enhance sustainability.

Contact: Ken Gubin, Chair, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Inclusion Initiative

Works to ensure that all members are welcome to meaningfully participate in all spiritual, educational, celebratory, and life events at NVHC.

Contact: Open position; meanwhile contact Rabbi Wainer, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

NVHC Cares (Caring Committee)

Helps celebrate joyful beginnings when a congregant has a new baby and offers solace and support through difficult times such as illness, surgery or a death in the family by providing cards, meals, challah and supportive calls.

Contact: Laurie Levine, Chair, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

NVHC Change (Social Action Committee)

Supports NVHC’s commitment to make our community and the world a better place (tikkun olam) by enabling and enhancing NVHC participation in social justice, service, advocacy and learning.

Contact: Ellen Ranard, Chair, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Silver Line

The Silver Line provides activities for congregants aged 55+. Monthly dinners and activities are planned.

Contact: Marsha Sheinman, Chair, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

VOICE Core Team

VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) is a non-partisan organization committed to bringing people together across religious, racial, ethnic, economic, and political party affiliations to build a stronger Northern Virginia.  It includes nearly 50 congregations; NVHC is a member and active in its leadership. Our VOICE Core Team serves as our representatives as they actively support VOICE’s mission.

Contact: Open Position: meanwhile contact Ellen Ranard, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information)

Worship & Music

Choir Committees

Adult Choir – Kol Shirah: Sings at High Holy Days and other times during the year at services and in concert. (Cantor Susan Caro, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information)

Youth Choir – Shireinu (3rd-6th grades): Sings periodically through the year at Erev Shabbat services and participates in local area music festivals. (Directed by Cantor Susan Caro, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information)

Shammas Corps

Arranges ritual items in the sanctuary for Erev Shabbat services.

Contact: Ken Laskey, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Worship Committee

Works with the clergy on matters related to worship services. Sponsors clergy-led classes that explore Jewish prayer and worship.

Contact: Susan Trivers, Chair, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Educational Programs and Committees

Distinguished Speaker Series

Arranges for scholars, journalists, and public figures to speak at NVHC’s Speaker Series Program.

Contact: Eric Forman, Chair, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Lifelong Learning (Adult Education)

NVHC offers classes and discussion groups on a wide variety of topics, Torah Study, and Hebrew and Judaica classes for adults.

Contact: Ellen Rugel, Chair, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Youth Programs

Social and service programs for young people, from 3rd – 12th grades.

Contact: Sam Blum, Youth Engagement Coordinator, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Early Childhood

Supports and provides oversight for programming for families with preschool age children (younger than kindergarten).

Contact: Mary Ann Ressin and Kelly Schulman, Co-Chairs, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Kehillat Limmud & Tamid (Religious School)

Judaics and Hebrew instruction for grades K-12, including Torah Corps (B’nai Mitzvah preparation) and Confirmation classes. Sunday mornings, mid-week late-afternoon and early-evening classes.

Contact: Ruth Ann Whalen, Tamid Chair, youthengagement@nvhcreston.org, Rabbi Jessica Wainer, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

The Kehillat Limmud Chair is an open position.

Administration and Governance

Art Committee

Acquires and displays the artwork that beautifies NVHC.

Contact: Nancy Kruger, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Judaica Boutique

Offers an array of Judaica, including ritual objects, jewelry, mezzuzot, B’nai Mitzvah gifts, items for Chanukah and Passover. Operated by Sisterhood volunteers during Sunday school hours or by appointment.

Contact: Shawn Harris, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Building and Grounds

Identifies required maintenance and repairs of the synagogue building and grounds, and assists the Executive Director in soliciting and supervising the service providers that conduct maintenance and capital improvements.

Contact: Open position; meanwhile contact David Markovich, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Communications

Defines and develops communication strategies through newsletters, publicity, our web site, and social media.

Contact: Emily Hummel, Communications Coordinator, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Finance

Submits yearly operating budget to the Board of Trustees, reviews monthly financial performance, and prepares long-range financial planning for the congregation.

Contact: Judith Naiman, Chair, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Library

Offers a comprehensive collection of books and audio-visual materials on Jewish themes. Separate children’s and adult sections. Open when the building is open (during weekday mornings, ask for admission in the front office).

Contact: Ted Smith, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Pulpit

Serves as liaison between the clergy and the congregation.

Contact: Stu Williger, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Safety and Security

Ensures that NVHC has sensible and sustainable physical security and emergency preparedness policies, and procedures.

Contact: Ken Laskey, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Strategic Development

Assures NVHC’s long-term financial sustainability and growth by providing leadership and governance for successful development activities.

Contact: Sam Schwall, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information

Technology

Proposes policy, sets priorities, and develops plans for the management and evolution of the congregation’s technology infrastructure.

Contact: Bruce Johnson and Stu Williger, ShowClick Here to View Contact Information