Participatory Community

As a participatory, lay-led congregation, Adat Shalom members work through committees to shape the rich and varied programs and activities offered by the community. The committees provide a wide range of interests and services to the community. They also offer members an opportunity to pursue areas of interest to them, contribute their time and talents to the community, learn new skills and best of all, meet and work together with fellow congregants.


Though the work may sometimes be demanding, the rewards and satisfaction are substantial. For new and "newish" members, committee work is the best way to get to know the community and become integrated into Adat Shalom. We invite you to scroll through the committee descriptions, become acquainted with their purposes and programs, find one that appeals to you, contact the chair and participate in their activities.

Program Council
The Program Council is responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of the congregation. It consists of the chairs or co-chairs of most (but not all) Adat Shalom committees. It is represented on the Board by the chair of the Program Council, who is the Vice President for Programming, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jewish Learning
The Jewish Learning Committee seeks to provide meaningful Jewish learning to the Adat Shalom community. We seek to challenge and inspire all of our adult members, irrespective of their prior level of Jewish learning, to:

  • Become more knowledgeable about Jewish civilization in all of its aspects
  • Develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to further enhance their Jewish identity
  • Share their learning and questioning with others in the community.

Community Connections
The Community Connections Committee works to improve the quality of life for the members of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation by stimulating connections between, and involvement by, members of the community, fostering a shared identity among congregants, matching volunteers to needs within programs and committees, and identifying opportunities to strengthen a sense of community.

Villages are an effort to create smaller, more intimate communities within Adat Shalom. Villages are geographic groupings of family units headed by volunteer captains who serve as liaisons with the larger Adat Shalom community. The Community Connections committee works with Villages to offer programs for all members. 

Young Family Programming
Family Programming enriches the social and spiritual lives of Adat Shalom families with young children, up to Torah school age, offering special family events throughout the year and Tot Shabbat services at Adat Shalom on Shabbat mornings.  Family programming would like to have many families involved so that each family creates and plans an event or activity for the year. In this manner, many families contribute and benefit from the programming for our children.

The fundraising committee helps establish policy to guide fundraising activities in the community and coordinates and implements the annual High Holiday campaign. The Committee has also sponsored one or more events each year to generate income while raising community spirit and having fun.

The Hospitality Committee fosters a welcoming atmosphere for our members and guests, and promotes community values of friendliness, warmth, and participation via our weekly onegs, in-home potlucks and other events where food is served.

Inclusion Advisory Group
The Adat Shalom Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in our community. Inspired by the idea that we are all created in the image of G-d (B’tzelem Elohim), the IAG works to make Adat Shalom the most welcoming community it can be for everyone. The IAG sponsors activities to raise awareness about disability inclusion and works to build disability inclusion into existing and planned synagogue programs and facilities. The IAG defines disability broadly to include visible, hidden, and temporary disabilities. This means that disability touches all of us. For more information, please visit our Inclusivity & Accessibility page.

Israel Connection
The Israel Connection Committee organizes educational, cultural and political programs to foster a better understanding of Israeli culture and society, and thus promotes and enhances Adat Shalom's support for the state of Israel and Israeli causes while deepening our connections with Israeli society and culture. Our mission thus aligns with Adat Shalom’s long-range plan:

“Adat Shalom embraces a wide variety of Israel-related programming. Its members strongly support religious pluralism and progressive NGO’s in Israel, as well as peace and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians. The shul invites a wide variety of speakers on political issues in Israel and the Middle East. Discussions of the current political situation in Israel are carried out in a respectful and open-minded manner.”

Life Cycle
The Life Cycle Committee supports Adat Shalom members as they experience the joys and pains of life cycle events such as deaths, births, or illnesses. The committee's goal is to insure that each member feels the support and warmth of the Adat Shalom community when they need it most. This support builds on the natural relationships and subgroups (including villages) that exist within the congregation. In this sense, all members of the congregation help to do the work of this committee. You can contact members of the committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The primary goal of the Membership Committee is to recruit new members. To orient prospective members about Reconstructionism and what it means to become active participants in Adat Shalom's spiritual community, we offer a variety of informational and social programs such as "Meet the Community" sessions after Shabbat services. Upon joining, the Membership Committee sponsors more in-depth programs for new members.

Religious Practices
The Religious Practices Committee works with the clergy to ensure the smooth functioning of our Shabbat and holiday services and coordinate all religious activities. Our goal is to:

  • Educate our community about religious practices (e.g., Our Shabbat)
  • Examine and review policy with regard to B'nai Mitzvah and other ritual policies
  • Encourage creative approaches to liturgy by clergy and lay members
  • Promote lay participation in services
  • Maintain our Torahs and other ritual objects
  • Maintain a schedule of Divrei Chinuch, "Words of Education," by our members during services

Social Action
The mission of the Social Action Committee is to provide Adat Shalom members with opportunities to carry out the Jewish obligation of tikkun olam, repair of the world. Our goal is to offer a link between the ethical mandate of the Jewish tradition and members' desires to make the world a better place.

Torah School Council
The Torah School Council sets policy and provides direction regarding educational curriculum and programming for Torah school students. It ensures that educational activities are consistent with the values and guidelines of Adat Shalom and that the students develop an appreciation of Jewish history, customs, language, rituals and other teaching within a Reconstructionist context.

Adat Shalom's Youth Committee is currently focused on developing and introducing a new Youth Program for grades 6-12 that will foster friendship, leadership, commitment to Jewish values, and greater involvement with synagogue life. This program is meant to supplement and complement the educational offerings already available through Adat Shalom, including Torah School, the Bar and Bat Mitzvah experience, and Jewish Studies.

The following committees are Standing Committees of the Board. Members are invited to participate in these committees:

The mission of the Finance Committee is to insure the financial health of Adat Shalom. The Committee works with the Treasurer to develop the annual budget. It also monitors congregational expenses and income, and oversees the investment of Congregational funds. The Committee also works with members to insure that a member's financial situation does not become a barrier to membership.

Land & Building
The Land and Building Committee oversees the maintenance of our building and site and plans for future site improvements. The Committee also serves as a resource to the Executive Director in addressing building maintenance and improvement needs.

The Personnel Committee is responsible for delineating and implementing processes for assessing staffing needs, selecting and evaluating staff and supporting them so that they can function at the highest level of their abilities.