Committees

JRC’s committees provide congregants with opportunities for fulfillment and involvement in synagogue life. Fostering connection and community, committee members work with staff to provide programming and services for all members to enjoy.

All of the committees listed here are vital to the character and vigor of JRC. They also provide wonderful opportunities to meet other JRC members with similar interests. Some committees meet monthly, while others meet on an ad-hoc basis. Whatever your interest, there's a group at JRC for you participate in!

If you are a Committee/Task Force member and you would like to find out how to get things done at JRC, you can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions here. 

Accessibility and Inclusion
Accessibility/Inclusion meets to respond to concerns and help facilitate ways JRC can become more sensitive and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities.

Adult Education
This committee meets on an ad-hoc basis to plan, coordinate and create policy for our adult learning program. Please see our Adult Education schedule or consult the newsletter for information regarding adult education at JRC. Contact Steve Romm.

Early Childhood
This committee meets to discuss issues of importance to JRC’s Early Childhood Center. Members work together to determine policy and explore ways to support early childhood education at JRC. Contact Michelle Faria and Jackie Singer.

Chesed
The Chesed Committee is committed to performing mitzvot to help JRC members in need—particularly individuals/families who have experienced a recent loss or crisis. Contact Lou Weiss at chesed@jrc-evanston.org.

Communications Task Force
This task force will ensure that all members are kept apprised of JRC activities and Board actions as well as enhancing our relationship with the greater Jewish community. Contact Linda Mathias Kaskel.

Development
This committee plans and facilitates all ongoing fundraising in support of our JRC community. Contact Joel Gratch.

Garden
The "JRC Gardeners" are a hands-on group that helps to beautify the synagogue landscape. The Garden Committee has a number of ongoing projects to support and maintain our grounds.
Learn more about our garden and the JRC members who keep it beautiful. Contact Becky Block. 

High Holiday
The High Holiday Committee is an annual ad hoc committee that coordinates various aspects of our High Holiday services—from ushering to set-up to coordination of service participation. This is a highly participatory committee that plays an important ongoing role in the spiritual life of JRC. Contact us at highholidays@jrc-evanston.org.

Israel Programming Committee
The Israel Programming Committee helps create a safe place for JRC members to express their opinions, learn more about Israel, and simply celebrate all that is Israel. Contact Robin Trilling and Debi Lewis at israel@jrc-evanston.org.

Leadership Development
Contact Linda Mathias Kaskel.

Library
This committee meets to discuss library issues, create policy and support the work of our librarian. Contact Susan Siebers.

Membership
This committee works to enhance services to members and to help create a greater sense of community at JRC. Find out more about JRC membership here. Contact Reese Gratch and Linda Hewitt.

Ritual Practices
This committee meets to discuss and address religious issues that directly affect our community. It also endeavors to facilitate greater member involvement in religious services at JRC. Contact Ray Grossman.

Religious School
This committee meets to discuss educational issues, create policy and support the work of our Religious School staff. Contact Michael Bloom.

Strategic Planning Committee
This committee equips and mobilizes JRC’s leadership to act in accordance with the congregation’s strategic plan. Contact Sheri Young or Mary Cohen.

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