Shirat HaNefesh members are encouraged to volunteer on any of our committees, where much of the work of the community gets done.

Email info@shirathanefesh to get involved or to contact any of the committee chairs. 

Chesed and Bereavement

Chair: Loretta Vitale Saks The Chesed and Bereavement Committee is responsible for organizing efforts by members to help and support each other, primarily in times of need.  Our goal is to link members when a need becomes apparent, doing deeds of lovingkindness within our own community, and fostering a spirit of mutual concern.  The Committee will help SHN members when a member or relative dies, offering practical advice on funeral options, preparation of the body, cemeteries, and setting up shiva.  The Committee also organizes at least one shiva minyan and provides setup and cleanup support.  If you are ill, in grief, or in need of support, please let the Chesed Committee lend a hand.

Adult Education and Programming

This Committee plans adult learning programs during the year.  These include our Shabbat morning and After Kiddush programs, speakers, topics for year-long study, and more.

Tikkun Olam (Social Justice)

Chair: Lisa Jo Finstrom 

The Tikkun Olam Committee coordinates social action projects to promote Jewish values and mitzvot (moral actions), including pursuing justice and peace, engaging in gemilut chasadim (acts of lovingkindness) in support of our surrounding community, and serving as stewards of the environment. See our webpage Act for past and current projects in each of these areas, including volunteering at A Wider Circle, a Ruach campaign to help members switch to renewable electrical energy in their homes, advocacy on housing and policing issues, and creating a living memorial of Forest Gardens.  Monthly meetings of the committee help keep members informed of local and national issues, and help focus the selection of oncoming projects.

Bnai Mitzvah

Chair:  Adam Wendell 

This committee links prospective b’nei mitzvah families with post-b’nei mitzvah families, to lend support and continuity to our b’nei mitzvah celebrations.  B’nei Mitzvah families take the lead — and are supported by volunteers from the wider community — in various setup and schlepping tasks related to the celebrations.


Co-Chair:  Ellen Kandell 

Co-Chair:  Liora Moriel 

The Fundraising Committee is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of fundraising plans for Shirat HaNefesh to help maintain our budget and to keep dues at a reasonable amount.


Growing our membership is an important priority.  This committee is involved in outreach and recruitment of new members through social marketing, events such as open houses and social media. The committee is also responsible for advertisements, developing and maintaining our website, listserv, Facebook accounts; and taking part in local community events that attract prospective members.  We are especially looking for members who have social media, web design and marketing skills.

Security and Safety

Chair:  Joan Dubinsky 

The Security and Safety Committee focuses on security issues for in-person services, building improvements at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church where we meet, cybersecurity, educating the congregation on the current health situation, and planning for a safe reopening of our communal space in light of continuing COVID concerns.