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Congregational Engagement

APEX (Adult Program Experiences) 

This program is geared towards adults of all ages looking for cultural, educational, social and spiritual experiences. Activities include dynamic speakers at Sunday brunches, special events geared toward adults, AARP safe driving classes, and trips to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Chair: Patty Bassman


Men of all ages and life stages are invited to join Brotherhood. This auxiliary is integral to our community, providing both service and social opportunities throughout the year for Beth Or men to build connections and find help, guidance and support with men’s issues.

President: Stu Briefer

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Join Sisterhood to make a difference in our synagogue and in our local and global Jewish communities. Together, we support Jewish education, social action initiatives, and innovative programs for youth and older adults. Be a part of activities that build friendships and provide opportunities to grow personally and spiritually.

President: Kim Kaffey

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Caring Congregants

This group helps congregants and our families with children in the CECE by visiting the ill, sending R’fuah Shleama (get well) cards, preparing and bringing home-cooked meals to members in temporary crisis, reaching out to our bereaved families, and more.

Chair: Ellen Werther

Congregational Events/Programs

If you enjoy event planning but fundraising isn’t your cup of tea, join a committee to help put together one of the many congregational festival events that take place each year to help our members celebrate the Jewish holidays in a fun, yet meaningful, way. Or, help plan other events that enrich our community and encourage engagement among our members.

Festival Programming Contact: Rabbi Melissa Lefkowitz

General Programming Contact: Jillian Peskin    

Fundraising Events

Do you have a passion for event planning? Are you well organized and enjoy interacting with people? Beth Or hosts a few large scale fundraising events each year such as golf outings, tributes, races, etc. to benefit our congregation. We count on our event committees to organize all aspects of the event with guidance from a Beth Or senior staff member.

Development Chair: Jennie Nerenberg

Get Connected: Beth Or Business & Career Network

This group and related events are for any congregant who is   thinking of starting a business, has started a new business, wants to grow their business, is thinking of changing careers, is looking for a first or a next job, wants to re-enter the workforce, learn new skills or enhance existing skills, or just wants to meet new people.  Monthly events include interactive workshops, networking breakfasts or happy hours, and more.

Contact:  Jake Toyberman

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C4C: Clubs 4 Community

Join one of over a dozen special interest clubs captained by other congregants. A great way to make friends and socialize in smaller groups.

Chair: Lisa Rosan

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Our membership committee welcomes our newest congregants to the Beth Or family. This group provides direct outreach to new members, invites them to meet together for services and synagogue events, and organizes social activities in the community.

Chair: Jaclyn Ackerman and Paul Brooks


For congregants who like to connect through music, Beth Or offers three choir options:

The Adult Choir, under the direction and leadership of Cantor Murley, is for adults who love to sing and can read more formal music. The adult choir helps lead the High Holy Day services and three other services throughout the year with two rehearsals (usually Monday or Tuesday evenings) leading up to each performance.

The Multigenerational Choir, under the direction of Cantor Murley, is for adults, teens, and children who love to sing less formal music. They help lead three services during the year with two rehearsals (usually on Sunday afternoons) leading up to each service.

The Junior Choir – For students in 1st-6th grade who love to sing and make new friends. Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 9am before Religious School. They perform at the first Friday Family Shabbat services from September through June, as well as holiday and other special services during the year. They also have fun social events and put together the Purim Schpiel each year for Purim.

Contact: Cantor Jaime Murley

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