Please take a look at our committee descriptions in the areas that interest you and contact the administration office either in person, by fax (770-395-1343) or by email (

Committee Descriptions

Adult Education Committee

Provides a wide range of educational programs to the temple community. Programs include: guest speaker presentations; scholar and artist-in-residence weekends; regularly scheduled classes. Volunteers who are interested in planning and developing programs, or who would like to work to implement existing programs are encouraged to participate.
Contact Stephen Blick if interested.

Caring Committee

Supports members experiencing life cycle events. Volunteers interested in telephone contacts, hospital and home visitation, and house-sitting are encouraged to join the Caring Committee.
Contact Stephen Blick if interested.

The Caring Committee’s Bikkur Cholim Committee

This committee is comprised of volunteers who will participate in the Mitzvah of visiting the sick and elderly within our synagogue. If you are in need of a “friendly visitor” or would like to join this committee, contact Ann Fine or Gerri Penn if interested.

Chevra Kadisha

Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society) consists of dedicated men and women who meet at the funeral home when called, to prepare your loved ones prior to burial.  This ritual washing of the deceased is known as Tahara; the highest Mitzvah that a Jew can do.  You never know which members lovingly and respectfully care for your loved ones as we do not discuss who is cared for by whom.  Our members can be known to the congregation if they choose. We are always looking for dedicated men and women who can come to a funeral home, sometimes on very short notice, to assist with this Mitzvah.  For more information please call Reba Herzfeld at 770-394-3731.

Religious School Committee

Supports the programs and educational goals of the Diamond Family Religious School. Parent volunteers participate in planning events that enhance the spiritual growth of our students and developing a warm and welcoming school community. We encourage parents to sign up and participate in the religious education of their children.
Contact Perry Walter if interested.

Fundraising Committee

Plans, coordinates and runs one or more major congregational events each year. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of event planning, including soliciting raffle prizes, marketing and recruitment, and helping with the logistics of the event. There are roles for everyone – from creative dynamos with lots of time to dedicate, to good set-up crews who can help on the day of the event. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Contact Noah Rosner if interested.

Garden Isaiah Committee

Garden Isaiah is a 16-bed food garden located by the upper parking lot. All produce is donated to the food pantry at the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs. Volunteer opportunities include planting and harvesting vegetables, helping to maintain the memorial rose garden and paths of Garden Isaiah and delivering produce to the food pantry (about 2 miles from temple). We are at the temple most Sunday mornings beginning around 9 a.m. Please feel free to drop by.
Contact Robert Wittenstein if interested.

Membership Committee

Helps create a welcoming environment at Temple Emanu-El by greeting and speaking with guests and prospective members. Welcomes new members and helps them find their place in our congregation. Some members of this committee will also work on new membership and retention strategies. If you love Temple Emanu-El, come and share your enthusiasm by joining the Membership Committee.
Contact Ellen Lindemann if interested.

Sacred Communities Committee

Creates a varied calendar of programs that foster community and provides meaningful experiences for our members. The committee helps plan, promote and deliver year-round programs targeting multiple audiences within the congregation – adults, families, empty-nesters, etc. Volunteers who like to be creative and plan fun events and programs are encouraged to join!
Contact Deb Perlstein if interested.

Ritual Committee

Works with our Rabbis and Cantors in the conduct of our congregation’s religious services. Congregants who can offer their expertise, ideas and efforts are welcome.
Contact Stephen Blick if interested.

Social Action Committee

Plans, coordinates, and implements our social action programs. Temple Emanu-El’s social action programs include our long-standing involvement with the Zaban Night Shelter and our own Garden Isaiah. There are many opportunities to create new avenues for hands-on involvement. Congregants who are interested in helping our temple community make important contributions are encouraged to participate.
Contact Jon Kleinberg or Julie Elster if interested.

Youth & College Committee

Acts as the liaison between the Temple Emanu-El Federated of Temple Youth (TEFTY) group for high school age children (and middle school children for Jr. TEFTY) and the congregation. If you have a high school or middle school aged child and you would like to be involved with this dynamic group of youth, the Youth and College Committee would love to hear from you.
Contact Bryan Kellert  if interested.