Opportunities to engage with the OZS community extend beyond prayer and education. As with all congregations, committees abound and the work to be done is plentiful. At OZS we are able to achieve what we do because of a diverse community where each member shares her or his skills and talents in the kitchen, on the building, or around the town. Check the calendar for updated activities or contact the office for more information.
Plans and executes educational programs geared for adult members. Current programs include: Women and Jewish Literature, Talmud for All, Jewish Holidays, and Hebrew Language.
Chairs: Alice Goldstein & Sheila Jelen
Building & Grounds
Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of our Synagogue building and grounds; proposes annual budget; oversees janitorial services.
Chair: Mark Klar
An opportunity to reach out to members of OZS who might need a little extra attention for any number of reasons, including illness or loss of a loved one. A call or card could make a huge difference in someone’s day. The committee also arranges meals, as needed, and is available to run errands for those in need.
Chair: Simone Salomon
Chevra Kadisha & Shomrim
The Chevra Kadisha coordinates with local funeral homes and prepares the bodies of Jewish community members for burial according to Jewish ritual and custom. The Shomrim watch over the caskets of Jewish community members until the time of burial. This committee offers its services free of charge to any Jewish family in need in the Lexington area.
Chevra Kadisha Chairs: Ira Cooper, Sue Ezrine, Penina Goldstein
Shomrim Chairs: Mike Aides, Janice Crane
Sets general curriculum and policy for the Hebrew School and Religious School, works closely with the Education Director, and proposes the education budget.
Chair: Tina Trent
Finance & Fund Raising
Recommends annual budget to the board, monitors collection of annual dues and pledges, monitors committee spending, plans and executes fund-raising activities to supplement income.
Chair: Art Shechet
Maintains and operates the two kosher kitchens in the synagogue. Responsibilities could include preparation of weekly Saturday morning Kiddush luncheons and/or coordination of community seder to be held on the second night of Pesach at the Synagogue.
Chair: Gayle Bourne
Maintains and circulates our books, documents, and memorabilia in both the adult and children’s libraries.
Chairs: Larry Herman
Keeps in touch with Jewish families in the community not affiliated with any congregation, especially new families, with the view of inviting them to become members. Plans a new/prospective member social, and helps new members become integrated in OZS life.
Chairs: Kathy Grossman
Works to gather input from the congregation, create recruitment materials for prospective rabbis, and coordinate interviews of promising rabbi candidates. Follows the guidelines set forth by the Rabbinic Assembly of the Conservative Movement in conducting the search.
Chairs: Heidi Zimmerman & Art Shechet
Works closely with the Rabbi. Provides leadership on the bima when a rabbi is not present. Plans and coordinates all religious services throughout the year. Formulates rules and regulations for all religious services OZS offers (i.e. Bar/Bat Mitzvas, Weddings, etc.).
Chairs: Jon Glixon & Beth Goldstein
Runs the OZS Gift Shop, produces the Directory/New Year Greetings Book, and plans a variety of programs throughout the year.
Chair: Carol Kaplan
This committee works independently and in coordination with local charitable organizations to provide assistance to the community. The Social Action Committee is currently co-sponsoring refugee families through Kentucky Refugee Ministries and running the OZS Backpack Program to help feed local elementary school children through God’s Pantry. The Social Action Committee has also participated in city-wide LGBTQ focused events.
Chair: Dominique Olbert
Youth Group – LEXUSY
Provides monthly activities for our 5th-12th graders at OZS. These range from purely social activities to programs inspired by Jewish life. LEXUSY provides an opportunity for our Jewish youth to spend time together making memories outside of religious school.
Advisors: Heidi & Matt Simons Contact: email@example.com