Committees

Membership Committee

The primary role of the Membership Committee is to assist JCo with organizing and implementing strategies for integrating, engaging, connecting, and retaining members, as well as to help build and sustain a welcoming and caring culture.  Bonnie Diamond (bonniesdiamond@gmail.com) and Ellis Diamond (erdiamond@gmail.com) co-chair this committee and would be very happy to welcome new members.  Help is always welcome during High Holidays for registration, ushering, security and greeters.  Please contact either Bonnie or Ellis or write to admin@jcosd.com and our admin will connect you. 

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee focuses on external marketing efforts to share JCo’s vision and mission, as well on those activities that help to identify and engage with potential members. If you are interested in helping, please email admin@jcosd.com

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee develops financial/business policies; provides business guidance to the organization; manages the membership billing process; disburses funds involved in the routine operation of JCo; oversees and reports on revenues and expenses; provides summaries and reports to Board members and committees as needed; and reports to the Board of Directors at board meetings.  If you need to contact Finance, please write to Corey Meitchik at cdm1968@aol.com  or (908) 612-2192. 

Website Committee

The Website Committee builds and maintains our website.  Gilad Swerdlow created our site.   Sara, our administrative assistant,  maintains the Calendar and updates all events; if there is a change that should be made, please send an email to Admin@JCoSD.com. Mort Albert takes all of the incredible photos that fill our gallery.  Ilona Szer receives the photos, edits them and regularly updates the photos seen in the gallery.  We do not have a website master but Ilona Szer is learning fast and has been updating the site in general. Corey Meitchik is the default site manager as he is for all things JCo.  If you have any talents regarding websites please contact ilona.szer@gmail.com.

Events Committee

The Events Committee is charged with planning and implementing JCo’s internal social functions and with assisting other committees in planning and coordination of High Holiday services and programs. We plan functions that have become JCo’s traditions: our communal, second-night Passover Seder; Purim carnival with Hamantashen Contest; Animal Blessing Day; Chai Tea; Anniversary Party, Open Houses and High Holiday Rosh Hashanah Oneg Dessert and Yom Kippur Breakfast.  This year we are introducing the First Ever Fashion Show coming in October and bringing back JCo Garage Sale in  August. Ilona Szer is the Chair of Events and works with a dedicated group of volunteers.  Each event requires careful planning and preparation as well as volunteers who help set up and clean up.  If you would like to help Events members please contact Ilona Szer at admin@jcosd.com or at ilona.szer@gmail.com.

Prayer & Ritual Committee

The Prayer & Ritual Committee creates the prayer packets we use for Shabbat and the High Holidays. As a post-denominational congregation, we encompass several elements from the various denominations’ prayers and customs, aiming to create services that are meaningful and accessible to all of us with a mix of the familiar and new, the traditional and contemporary with transliterations and translations of all Hebrew prayers and readings. Our services are a dynamic, ever-changing mix of prayers, songs, discussions, and experiences.  Eva-Lynn Diesenhaus leads this group and can be contacted at evalynnart@icloud.com.

Cultural Programs Committee

Studies show that 80% of North County Jews are not affiliated with a any Jewish organization and particularly not with houses of worship. Some may identify more as cultural and less as religious Jews hence this committee. The Cultural Programs Committee is self led and aims to bring a variety of programming to JCo and more broadly to the north county of San Diego Jewish Community. Our cultural programs are oriented toward either education or entertainment. Some programs have a Jewish perspective or an explicit focus on a Jewish topic, while other programs do not. This year, we will introduce regular concerts such as chamber music to our members. The committee welcomes ideas and participants. If interested, please contact Larry Gach at lgach1@att.net .

Tikkun Olam Committee

Joanna Swerdlow hopes to attract other JCo members who feel strongly about our obligation as Jews to continually repair our world. Many Jews identify themselves as nonreligious but remain very committed to social action and justice. Are you interested in doing more as a Jewish community to make our cities and towns, our nation and our world a better and more just place? Are you interested in engaging with various other organizations in Tikkun Olam projects? If so, please contact Joanna Swerdlow via admin@jcosd.com

JCo Cares Committee (aka Hineini)

Dana Abraham has taken the lead on this most important committee. JCo Cares us an initiative that connects members through the concepts of loving kindness and service. It’s purpose is to strengthen the bonds of friendship and community as we help one another in times of need. JCo Cares comes from Hineni which means “Here I am”. Should you need someone to talk to, JCo Cares; should you have a illness or a circumstance in your family when meals are needed, JCo Cares; if you need transportation, JCo Cares; and should you have a death in your family and need a minyan, JCo Cares. Please reach out to Dana Abraham at dana_m_abraham@yahoo.com if you are interested in being there for our members at times of stress, illness or other crises.