Adult Education provides classes such as Torah study, Coffee Schmooze groups which discuss current events, Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah classes. Learn more about Adult Education at CKS. Chair: Susan Waskow
The B’nei Mitzvah committee helps move families through the process of educational and social planning leading up to the B’nei Mitzvah celebration. Learn more about B’nei Mitzvah planning at CKS. Chair: Iris Rubinstein
The committee strives to acquire décor items for the building which reflect our heritage and are within the philosophy of the congregation. Chair: Debbie Gartenberg
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of 13 members who manage the affairs of the synagogue. Seven of the Trustees are officers (President, two Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Financial and Recording Secretary). The immediate past president is also on the board, as well as 9 members who are elected for terms of one, two or three years. The Board meets every 2nd Thursday of the month. Members of the Board are nominated and then elected at the general membership meeting in the Spring. All members are eligible for nomination. Chair: Steve Weinstein
Building and Grounds
The Building and Grounds Committee is responsible for overseeing the overall operation of the facilities. The committee determines the needs for improvements in the building or surrounding property, obtains bids for services and ensures completion of the projects. Chair: Marty Millman
The By-laws committee is responsible for reviewing and interpreting the synagogue by-laws which are voted on by the membership.
The Education committee oversees the general operations of the Religious School. Committee members work with the principal to troubleshoot, suggest and authorize new programs, monitor and change the curriculum, and address a variety of Religious School issues faced by a growing congregation. The Education Committee usually meets the third Wednesday of every month during the school year. Chair: Christine Witt
The Fundraising committee is responsible for the planning, marketing, and execution of all fundraising events for the congregation. Chair: Debbie Gartenberg
Our Judaica Gift Shop is open Sundays 11 am – 12 noon when Religious School is open. Proceeds help our congregation. Chair: Iris Rubinstein
Hospitality is responsible for overseeing Onegs after each Friday night service, arranging hosts to sponsor an Oneg in honor of mitzvahs or special events and purchasing supplies. Hospitality committee also provides desserts for community service Onegs. Volunteers to sponsor and serve Onegs are always welcomed. Chair: Robin Bengochea
Kindercapers / Nursery School
The Nursery School committee serves as the advisory board to KinderCapers. As such, members meet regularly with the Head Teacher and Administrator to ensure that the high standards of the program are being met and to make policy decisions governing the operation of the preschool. In addition, the committee has final responsibility for hiring of staff and is the liaison between the school and the synagogue. Chair: Natalie London
The Life Cycle committee was created to support and aid members of our community in times of joy and crisis by: calling upon members when needed to help with Shiva calls or to be a part of a minyan; cooking for congregants who are ill or undergoing emergencies; visiting hospitalized members; trying to provide transportation to those in need. Life Cycle offers a rewarding experience to members and those called upon to assist. Chair: Sheryl Rosenberg
The Long-Range Planning committee supports the Board of Trustees as well as other committees in examining current and future trends to support the decision making process and aid in the setting of the overall direction for the synagogue. Meetings are usually held on an as-needed basis, but members may be asked to support ad hoc committees as well. Read the Long-Range Plan.
Marketing and Publicity
The Marketing and Publicity Committee brings synagogue events to the awareness of the larger community via news releases and advertising in area newspapers and calendars in Montgomery and other local townships. Help is needed from time to time get the word out about special events. Photographs taken at events are always welcome.
The Membership committee serves to welcome new and prospective members, develop and updates a membership packets, and host special events such as the honoree shabbat service, member BBQ, and family bingo nights, which provide existing members with a sense of community. Learn more about Membership at CKS. Chair: Matt Rosenthal
The Newsletter committee produces the monthly newsletter which keeps members apprised of synagogue events, services, and other important information. Assistance in gathering material, producing and proofreading is welcomed. Browse through our newsletters. Chair: Karen Bartels
The Rabbi Liaison committee acts as a liaison between the rabbi and the community.
The Ritual committee works with the rabbi in planning and conducting the spiritual functions of the synagogue. It also sets ritual policy for Shabbat, holidays and other synagogue events. The committee members are responsible for activities including: building the sukkah, coordinating High Holidays, caring for the Torah and other religious articles and reviewing and updating ritual policy as needed. Chair: Iris Rubinstein
The Computer and Networking committee is charged with maintaining and as necessary, upgrading, the computer and network infrastructure within the synagogue. Chair: Michael Galkin
The web committee is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the synagogue’s Web site technology, as well as supporting CKS’s social media accounts. Chair: Amy Rosenthal
The Tikkun Olam committee sponsors a monthly food collection for the Somerset Food Bank and occasionally volunteer at the Trenton Soup Kitchen. Members have also participated in environmental clean-ups and Habitat for Humanity teams. In addition, special collections of food, clothing, and furniture, have been organized for victims of hurricanes, floods, etc. Learn more about Tikkun Olam at CKS. Chairs: Michael Galkin, Debbie Gartenberg
Youth Activities / Kehiloft
Youth Activities functions as a liaison between the regional office of Young Judea and the synagogue, serving as a clearing ground and funding source for internally organized youth-oriented service and social activities such as our annual shul-in. Learn more about our Kehiloft youth group. Chair: Karen Fridkis