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Committees & Groups

The following are a few of the Committees & Groups at our Temple:

Audacious Bakers:
Did you know that the Friday night dessert oneg (translated as “pleasure, joy, exquisite delight”) often includes baked goods made lovingly by temple members? These amazing congregants invite you to join their efforts and become an “Audacious Baker” even if you don’t bake! How?
1. Volunteer to come in on a Friday before 5pm to platter pastries. There are up to 20 specific Fridays per year that we need this help, so be in touch for dates.
2. Stay after select Friday night services to carefully put away the unused pastries in freezer-proof containers.
3. Bake pastries at home or in the upstairs kitchen at the synagogue.
Point of Contact Sherri Krause, 


Chop & Chat Crew:
Did you know that every Shabbat morning after the Conservative service, we continue the special time with our community by sharing lunch together? Sometimes Torah discussions can be heard along with lots of laughter as friends relax and celebrate what good things happened during their week. We always end in songs of praise as we thank The Holy One for the meal (Birkat Hamazon or colloquially known as “benching” in Yiddish). These meals are lovingly prepared weekly by our Chop & Chat Crew in the downstairs kosher dairy kitchen. We meet mostly on Friday afternoons (but sometimes Thursday or Friday mornings) to cook hot dishes and prep for Saturday morning.
Point of Contact Sandy Rothberg,


Bereavement Committee:
Provides an appropriate bereavement support group in your time of need, including access to ongoing support groups in the local vicinity, whether spiritual or secular based.
Committee chair: Phyllis Blanc,


Chai Guys
Typically meet the third Thursday of the month.  For more information contact Brad Shapero at



Conservative Rituals Committee:
Plans, facilitates and coordinates conservative worship. Works closely with the Rabbis and Cantor; also responsible for activities related to Shabbat services and other Jewish holidays.
Committee chair: Brad Shapero,


Daytime Book Club:
Our Daytime Book Club provides you with the opportunity to read one of the Jewish-themed books selected (list is available in the library) each month and enjoy an exchange of ideas.
Dates: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:30am -1pm
Point of contact: Sharon Wolfson,


Education Committee:
Sub Group – Religious School Committee
The mission of the TBESOC Religious School Committee is to support the goals of the TBESOC Religious School, to promote school programming, to further communication between the Religious School and families, and to build our TBESOC community through a meaningful religious school experience.
Points of contact:
Melissa Roye
Julie Fingersh
Dayna Herz


Gift Shop:
Assists in running our gift shop.
Committee chair: Lin Goldman,



Chavurat Tzedek:
Chavurat Tzedek is a group inspired by Jewish commitment dedicated to raising awareness by doing charitable and service work. Chavurat Tzedek participates in:

  • Social action projects, such as our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving project on November 24
  • Awareness and education
  • Stimulating and engaging discussion
  • Visiting local nursing homes and sharing Shabbat or a Jewish holiday with people who do not have many or any visitors
  • Putting together and delivering misloach manot (Purim gift baskets of food and drink) to nursing homes and others in our local community 

Our Feed the Hungry campaign, a year-round food drive and toiletry campaign, benefits families in need in our immediate area through Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County. Please drop off a canned item and/or travel-size shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. (downstairs in the labeled bin) whenever you are in the synagogue for school, a meeting,services, a social event, etc.

Committee Co-Chairs:
Kathy Shapiro
Lili Landman


Hinenu Caring Committee:
The purpose of the Hinenu Caring Committee is to help support our congregants who are going through life challenges, such as observing shiva for a loved-one, recovering from illness or surgery, or experiencing the temporary stress of caring for a family member. We work in coordination with our clergy, who keep us informed when members are in need of such attention. We, in turn provide feedback after we make these contacts to our clergy. We specifically offer the following to congregants in the above situations:

  • Deliver to a congregant or family several delicious kosher style meals that we, as a committee, cook and freeze.
  • Call and check in on members who are recovering from surgery or illness.Arrange for temporary or long-term home bound congregants to receive regular visits from a committee member.
  • Arrange for specially-trained committee members to visit congregants who are temporarily in convalescent care or in the hospital who state that they’d like a visitor.
  • Send volunteers to TBESOC Shiva Minyans when having a enough Jewish attendees for a minyan is in doubt.
  • Help set out and clean up the food provided by the family or friends of mourners at Meals of Consolation (post-funeral) and/or shiva minyans so that the mourners are not burdened by that. Click here to find out more.

Committee co-chairs: Patty Rosenbaum, & Cindy Leish,


Hiking Group:
Are you passionate about hiking? Have you considered going on a hike, but don’t have anybody to go with or are hesitant to take that first step? We have a group for you! Explore the beautiful outdoors and connect with the wider Jewish community on our periodic beginner to low-intermediate level hikes around Orange County. Guided by Mansour Kohanteb, an experienced hiker, the Hiking Group is an ongoing, drop-in opportunity for all ages—and no prior experience is necessary. The trails vary in location, elevation and difficulty so you can pick and choose which hike to join.
Point of Contact Mansour at 


Israel Matters Committee:
“To deepen the bond between מדינת ישראל and Temple Beth El of South Orange County by creating and implementing an education and advocacy programs targeted to increase the congregation’s knowledge and experience of Israeli life and culture and to facilitate support of Israel.”
Committee chair: Charlene Zuckerman,

Click Here to reach our committee’s page


Jewish Justice Advocates:
Educate, Advocate and Engage in Civil Action Advance social justice in accordance with Jewish values! Jewish Justice Advocates puts on educational programs, advocates, and engages in social action to try to eradicate the root causes of social injustice. JJA has chosen to focus on the following Issues this year:

  • Immigration
  • Homelessness
  • Preventing gun violence
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Civic engagement
  • Equal rights
  • The environment

We also partner with and support Havurat Tzedek, TBESOC’s charitable service committee. Watch for upcoming social justice opportunities!
Points of  contact Barby Schwid at, or Carol Singer at 

Click Here to reach our committee’s page


Jewish Conservative Perspectives:
The Jewish Conservative Perspectives committee’s mission is to represent a conservative point of view, to present programs and speakers to congregants, and to promote community building among congregants through a Jewish conservative perspective on social,  cultural and educational values. All are welcome. Chairs - Ellen Prince  Helen Rasner

Upcoming Event: Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 3pm
"Cancel Culture Through a Jewish Lens" Zoom Watch Party Click Here for More Information


Library Committee:
Helps with signing books in and out and assists with organizing and publicizing various library events held throughout the year.
Point of contact: Sharon Wolfson,
Mimi Harris,



Meditation & Jewish Spirituality:
Create Temple Beth El of South Orange County programs and community connections through meditation, contemplative prayer, and wisdom teachings from the Jewish mystical tradition, and to deepen our relationships with God and one another.
Committee Chair: Dennis O’Reilly or Ellen Prince, 


Membership/Outreach Committee:
Point of contact: VP Membership, Tamara Griffin 


Rabbi Allen Krause Scholar-in-Residence
Help plan, fund raise, and implement the Rabbi Allen Krause Scholar-in-Residence

Point of contact: Rabbi K'vod Wieder,

Volunteer Choir
Sings at our worship services.
Point of Contact: Cantor Natalie Young



Reform Rituals Committee:

  • The mission of the RRC is to provide guidance and feedback on the structure and content of Reform worship services; including but not limited to Friday night and High Holy Day services and to assure that services are meeting the needs of those who engage in Reform worship.  Responsibilities and additional goals will be determined by the committee and include but are not limited to:

    •    Provide feedback to the clergy on structure, content and melodies used in services

    •    Provide logistical support (calendaring, marketing, facility needs)

    •    Assist clergy in the planning and execution of services (identify honors, solicit and coordinate lay leaders)

    The Clergy team is responsible and accountable for the content of services and this committee will provide consulting and support".

Committee chair: Debbie


Women’s Retreat Committee:
Plans and coordinates the annual TBESOC Women’s retreat held each year in the spring
Point of Contact: Cat Mirsky
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