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Fostering community is a core value at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Committees work in collaboration with our clergy and professional staff on synagogue and community activities. We encourage you to get involved!

COMMITTEES

Adult Education

Plans educational programming for adults and works with the Library Committee to acquire scholarly books and other media for our collection.

Cemetery

Oversees the management and long-term development of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue community mausoleum and cemetery at Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Early Childhood Center

Serves as a liaison to the Board of Trustees, working with the ECC director to determine policies and support for the Center.

Fundraising

Works on development to raise funds in support of the synagogue’s mission and activities. 

Israel

The Israel Committee strives to promote Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s constitutional purpose to “embrace the Zionist commitment to Medinat Yisrael (the State of Israel) and to the ideological and spiritual bonds that connect us to Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel) and Medinat Yisrael.

Membership

Enhances the membership experience and promotes synagogue life to the unaffiliated.

Music Committee

The Music Committee promotes the fundamental role of music in the worship and community life of Stephen Wise, working with Cantor Singer to provide planning and logistical support for musical events.

Religious School 

In conjunction with the director of Jewish learning, oversees policies and activities of the religious school.

Ritual

Works with clergy on the religious and ritual needs of the congregation, with special attention to balancing new ideas and tradition.

Social Justice: Caring Community 

Provides support to congregants in times of need and of celebration, such as bikhur cholim, visiting the sick, shivah minyanim, sitting shivah with a quorum, as well as acknowledgement of simchas, happy occasions.

Social Action 

Considers topics for congregational advocacy and action. Closely linked with the Social Services Committee, it addresses poverty, hunger, homelessness, literacy, and social justice issues. 

Women’s Organization

Affiliated with the Women of Reform Judaism, the Women’s Organization provides a forum for women to meet, talk, learn, and connect.