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Groups and Committees

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Participation in our community can satisfy deep personal needs, enrich our spiritual life, and expand our wisdom, knowledge, and education. When our needs are met, we can do a better job caring for each other, and the world.

Join us in praying, healing, and serving all beings. 

For information about these groups and committees, please email Jaclyn Best, Synagogue Administrator, (

Shomrei Ruach - Guardians of the Spirit

Shomrei Ruach (in Hebrew 'Guardians of the Spirit') works along with the Board of Directors to define the spiritual direction of Congregation Nevei Kodesh. Shabbat services, High Holy Days and other events are molded in this spirit. 

The members of the Shomrei Ruach include Ziva Moyal, Susan Berman, Zhenya Gallon, Robin Youngelman, Diana Stone and Rabbi Diane

This committee helps plan the calendar of events at Nevei Kodesh and is an integral part in the process of promoting community building inside and outside the congregation.

 Do you have an idea to share? Do you want to get involved? Have something to offer? Please contact Ziva!

Committee Chair: Ziva Moyal (zivasmile @

Family Life Committee

Purpose: To guide the youth educational lifecycle at CNK and support the Director of Family Life through bringing innovative Jewish learning opportunities to CNK and integrating those with the community’s needs and interests.

Primary Activities:

  • Organize family support for religious school activities. 
  • Develop and sponsor activities aimed at enhancing school enrollment (e.g., open houses, social gatherings).
  • Collect community feedback regarding programming related to youth education and family life.
  • Develop and sponsor intergenerational projects and experiential learning for CNK congregants.

Welcoming Committee

Purpose: Support building a joyful and expanding community at CNK by empowering a welcoming culture for all first-time visitors, returning visitors and new and existing members.

Primary Activities: 

  • Develop an annual calendar of welcoming activities.
  • Welcome visitors at Shabbat services and other events.
  • Conduct intake for all newcomers within 2 weeks of their visit to CNK, which includes providing information about CNK and classifying newcomers as prospective members (to be cultivated), people who are ready to join (refer to CNK Rabbi or staff), or people who are inactive (keep on file).
  • Cultivate prospective members through the Personal Contact Program and special newcomer events.
  • Alert prospective members to events and groups of most interest to them.
  • Maintain welcoming records and integrate them into the CNK database.

Ensure CNK participation in outreach activities, such as a booth at Boulder Jewish Festival.  

Email: Jaclyn Best, Synagogue Administrator,

Fundraising Event

Purpose: Support the financial well-being of the CNK community through: (1) planning and executing fundraising activities according to an annual plan and (2) working strategically with other committees and the CNK Board to ensure the financial sustainability of the Congregation.

Primary Activities:

  • Generate an annual fundraising plan to align with the approved CNK annual budget.
  • Provide direction and oversight to fundraising projects and activities conducted over the course of each year.
  • Strategize with the CNK Board and other committees as appropriate regarding approaches to meeting any budgetary gaps.

Email: Jaclyn Best, Synagogue Administrator,

Security Committee

Purpose: To ensure that the CNK building and grounds are secure and safe for participants at events and during school hours, as well as for staff and visitors.

Primary Activities:

  • Review and establish safety protocols and procedures
  • Assess current practices and physical structures. Make any recommendations for physical changes to the Board.
  • Discuss policies for synagogue safety systems.
  • Ongoing support of improving security measures.

Committee Chair: Mike Mittleman

Sacred Arts Committee

Purpose: Create a beautiful internal environment for the CNK building by creating artistic displays and other projects that improve interior spaces.

Primary Activities:

  • Create/select an art installation for the CNK lobby twice a year.
  • Interact with ad hoc and standing committees and members of the Board to provide input for art and artwork to the sanctuary, lobby, social hall, and outdoor spaces.
  • Direct donations of artwork and money to ensure high-quality additions to the physical spaces of CNK.
  • Provide opportunities for CNK members to offer feedback on installations.

Committee Chair: Penny Perlman

Chevra Kadisha

The Boulder Chevra Kadisha, which means “holy or sacred society,” serves the entire Jewish community by performing the traditional Jewish end of life rituals. Members of the group perform rituals which include sitting with the deceased, saying prayers until burial or cremation, and doing the ritual bathing of the body. Guided by our community rabbis, we serve both synagogue affiliated and unaffiliated families. 

Committee Chair: Evie Cohen

Green Team

Purpose: To ensure that the CNK building and grounds are as eco-friendly as possible, given available resources, and to promote environmental responsibility among CNK members.

Primary Activities:

  • Explore the possibility of placing solar panels on the roof of the CNK synagogue.
  • Create raised bed gardens on the CNK grounds.
  • Enact food waste diversion policies.
  • Continue compost and recycling programs.

Committee Chair: Elizabeth Otto

Tue, July 23 2024 17 Tammuz 5784