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Annual Fund L'dor V'Dor

The Annual Fund helps to raise money to fill the financial gap between congregational dues and operational costs.

Art Enhancement

Chair: Donna Mendelsohn 

The Art Enhancement committee is responsible for making decisions and selecting art and art objects that are displayed in Synagogue. It also covers sales and acquisitions.

Bikkur Cholim = Lotsa Helping Hands

Chair: Deb Bloomberg

When CBS has members who are not well and in need of medical and spiritual attention, we use a website, overseen by this committee, that was developed to make it easier for our caring community to stay in touch and take action for those in need.

Building and Grounds Committee

Chair: Roy Barush 

Building and Grounds oversees and maintains the synagogue building and surroundings.  This committee is also responsible for preparing the building for all worship services, meetings, educational, cultural and community events.

Cemetery (Ner Tamid) Committee

Chair: Donna Mendelsohn

The Ner Tamid Jewish Community Cemetery enables Jews and their immediate families to purchase burial plots in the Napa Valley. For more  information, please see the "What's New" section of the  St. Helena Cemetery web site:

Dues, Fees and Assessments

Chair: Irene Yesowitch


Education Task Force

This committee oversees the educational programs for the youth of our congregation in conjunction with the Rabbi.

Endowment and Legacy Fund

Family Shabbat Committee

Chair: Danie Massey

This committee was established to encourage the participation of younger families in Synagogue life.  

Finance Committee

Chair: Irene Yesowitch

The Finance Committee oversees all aspects of the financial affairs of the Synagogue on behalf of the congregation.

Fundraising Committee

Chair: Devereaux Smith

Fundraising is essential to ensure the financial health of the Synagogue. The committee is responsible for creating engaging program and events each year.

Hospitality Committee

Oversees the synagogues wine program and provides wine for all onegs and fundraising events.

Human Resources Committee

Chair: Debra Greenstein

Human resources is an essential part of any organization that has employees. It ensures fair hiring and workplace practices as well as assuming responsibility for hires, terminations and employee reviews. 

Investment Oversight Committee

The Investment Oversight Committee will be responsible for investing the funds contributed to the Endowment and Legacy Funds.  These funds are being established to help provide perpetual income to meet future needs of our CBS Jewish Community. The Legacy Fund provides an opportunity for the Jewish community to establish a bequest to CBS.

Kitchen Committee

Chair: Sandi Hyman 

This committee has the responsibility to oversee the kitchen ensuring supplies are available and sound food handling practices are used by all who use the space.

Library Committee

Chair: Henni Cohen 

The library committee oversees the Conrey Library at Congregation Beth Shalom.  They are responsible for the acquisition and processing of new and current books as well as the technology used there and maintenance of the library.

Life Long Learning

Chair: Ellyn Elson

Every Synagogue needs a center for adult study and learning.  This committee, in coordination with the Rabbi, plans classes, lectures and other programs.

Lunch and Learn Committee

Chair: Phyllis Kleid

Lunch and Learn is a Jewish punctuation point in the week. It is held the first Wednesday of the month at 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. These drop-in events are open to the community at large.

Music Enhancement Committee

Chair: Gordon Lustig 

Music is the foundation of the soul and is a vital part of our Jewish heritage. The committee works in conjunction with the Ritual Committee and the Sunday School to enhance music programming at the synagogue.


Membership recruits new members to the congregation. The committee is responsible for outreach into the wider community and developing programs to encourage new membership for CBS.

Oneg Committee

Chair: Sylvia Samrick

Standing together as a community to recite the prayers for the Kiddush and the Hamotzi makes Shabbat all the more special.  The Oneg Committee coordinates the schedule for individual members to host an oneg to celebrate or commemorate a special occasion. The Oneg Guidelines and the Kashrut Policy can be accessed from the links below:

Oneg Guidelines     Kashrut Policy

Pool Committee

Chair:  Lisa Lombardi

The CBS pool in partnership with Makai Swim School is open to all CBS members. This committee coordinates CBS activities with those of Makai Swim School.


Religious School Parent Organization

Co-chairs: Dania Massey:  and Dana Simon:

Educating our children is one of the basic tenets of Judaism.  This committee works with Rabbi Goldstein to develop a curriculum that is engaging and educational with a focus on Jewish values and community outreach.


Ritual Committee

Chair: Howard Eisenstark 

This committee coordinates all aspects of worship for the Congregation, including the purchase and maintenance of all items used in the worship services.

Social Action Committee

Chair: Leslie Medine

Jewish tradition and values makes social justice a core expression of Jewish life. This committee engages CBS members and involves them in discussions and programs coordinated with community outreach.


Soul Sister's Book Club

Join us at our monthly book club gathering, generally the second Monday of the month, for refreshments and discussion, all in a warm and inviting circle.

Tue, May 17 2022 16 Iyar 5782