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Committees & Volunteering

לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְּלָאכָה לִגְמֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִין לִבָּטֵל מִמֶּנָּה
It is not your job to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.
-- Pirkei Avot 2:21

Like many communities, we rely on volunteers to help make Ohev such a vibrant shul. We are fortunate to have volunteers to assist in many key areas -- but more are always needed. Please consider getting involved by joining (or taking a leadership role) in one of our synagogue committees. Whether you have several hours a week or even a few hours a month, there is an opportunity for you to volunteer and help make a difference in our community. Click on the committee name below to email the point of contact for more information or to volunteer. Thank you!

Community Support

  • Welcome/New Members
    The Welcome Committee is looking for volunteers to host (meals or overnight hospitality) and welcome new members in the synagogue.
  • Chesed - Erin Gris
    The Chesed committee is looking for volunteers to help coordinate meals and other needs for families that recently gave birth, or who have health or other issues.
  • Shiva - Lea Mendelsohn & Pesha Rubinstein
    The Shiva Committee is looking for volunteers to help those who experience loss of a loved one. In conjunction with our clergy, they work to help coordinate meals, prayer services, and overall support.
  • Cemetery - Josh Kirstein
    Ohev operates Congress Place Cemetery in Washington, DC. Volunteers are needed to help oversee the cemetery. 
  • Bikur Cholim/Supporting Seniors - Juana Lutzky
    The Bikur Cholim committee is looking for volunteers to visit those who are sick and also to help support our seniors.​​​​
  • Chevra Kadisha - Leadership position available
    Ohev is looking to develop our own Chevra Kadisha to help prepare those deceased for burial. Please email Rabbi Herzfeld at to volunteer.


  • Youth Programming - Emily Kahan
    Volunteers are needed to assist with Shabbat morning youth programming and other youth activities.
  • Women's Tefillah - Rachel Milner Gillers & Aliza Levine
    Ohev has an active women's tefilah group, which generally meets monthly. Volunteers are needed to assist with leading tefilah and promoting the Women's Tefilah.
  • Seudah Shlishit - Hannah & Nate Druckman
    Every Shabbat afternoon, the Ohev community joins together for Seudah Shilshit. Volunteers are needed to help with setup and clean-up. Please come to shul 45 minutes before Mincha on Shabbat afternoon to volunteer.
  • Kiddush - Lea Mendelsohn & Harris Cohen
    Volunteers are needed to help with kiddush set-up and cleanup each week.
  • Tzedek - Rachel Maisler & Elizabeth Chipkin
    The Tzedek Committee works to give back to the greater DC community. Volunteers are needed to assist with Tzedek Committee projects and to help those in need.
  • Young Professionals' Programming - Alissa Gold & Kelsey Fish
    Ohev Young Professionals (OYP) caters to young professionals in their 20s and 30s living in the DC community. Volunteers are needed to assist with programming and activities. 
  • Tefilah / Layning / Gabba'im - Ariel Wolf
    Volunteers are needed to lead the congregation during tefilah or to read the Torah / Haftorah.

Facilities & Operations

  • Library - Micah Salb
    Our Library Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with organizing, labeling, and maintaining our library collection.
  • Finance - Josh Schenker
    Volunteers with financial or audit experience are needed to assist with the the shul’s overall financial management.
  • Security / Welcome Committee - Andrew Apostolou
    Volunteers for the Welcome Committee are needed to help ensure the security of our shul, which includes greeting regulars and guests on Shabbat and assisting with monitoring the entrances of the shul. 
  • Facilities/Building - Harris Cohen & Efraim Schwartz
    The Facilities & Building Committees are looking for volunteers to assist with facility improvements and building improvement plans.
  • Eruv - James Karesh & Harris Cohen
    Volunteers are needed to help check the joint Shepherd Park/Woodside Eruv weekly.


  • Annual Gala Celebration - Avril Weisman & Starr Stixrud
    Our annual gala is the key celebration in our community to celebrate and fundraise. Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, setup, cleanup, and more.
  • Mishloach Manot Purim Fundraiser - Rachel Engelhart
  • General Fundraising - Daniel Silverberg
    Fundraising helps ensure we can meet our budget and financial commitments. Volunteers with marketing skills are needed to help expand and cultivate fundraising opportunities. 

For more information, or to volunteer for an area not listed, please email

Tue, September 17 2019 17 Elul 5779