Committees and Auxiliaries

If you are interested in participating in a committee at Shaare Zion, please contact our Executive Director, David Moscovitch at 514-481-7727 ext. 227 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Budget and Finance
The mandate of the Budget and Finance Committee is to oversee all the financial activities of the synagogue, recommend and approve decisions relating to the finances of the synagogue and recommend financial policy to the Board of Trustees.

The mandate of the Bulletin Committee is to work in conjunction with the Rabbi and Executive Director to make the members aware of special events and publicize activities within the congregation, as well as to serve as a synagogue archive.

The mandate of the Cemetery Committee is to manage the affairs of Shaare Zion Congregation’s two cemeteries. This includes selling burial plots, maintaining the general appearance and condition of the cemeteries and ensuring that cemeteries are functioning in a dignified and orderly manner.

Golf Tournament
The mandate of the Golf Tournament Committee is to oversee Shaare Zion Congregation’s golf tournament. This tournament is not only a major fundraiser for our synagogue, but it also allows us to reach out to the community at large and help an organization dedicated to helping children in need. The committee organizes the actual tournament, volunteers on the day of the tournament and solicits players, sponsors and gifts.

The mandate of the House Committee is to maintain the physical building housing Shaare Zion Congregation. This includes not only building maintenance, but projects that will enhance the building and ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the synagogue. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding these projects and oversees them to completion.

Human Resources
The mandate of the Human Resources Committee is to recommend policy for professionals working in the synagogue, conduct performance reviews and resolve any employee grievances which may arise.

Short and Long Range Planning Committee (SLRP)

The Short and Long Range Planning Committee continues to discuss creative new ideas!

Some recent examples include:

- using an app to schedule Minyan attendance

- partnering with a Jewish Heritage programme from one of the local schools

- launching a ‘One More Time’ programme to encourage members to come to Shaare Zion (to attend a service or a programme) at least one more time than they would normally

- using a web meeting tool to allow members who would like to participate on committees but cannot physically get to the meeting at the times the committee normally meets

While these suggestions have not yet been implemented, they demonstrate the types of ideas that the committee discusses. The SLRP committee meetings are open to Shaare Zion members and we encourage you to join us. Ideas, big and small are all welcome!

Here are the upcoming meeting dates;

January 23, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

February 20, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.

March 20, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

May 1, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.

June 12, 2014 - 5:30 p.m. - meeting cancelled!!

All meetings take place in the board room and you do not need to tell us in advance that you will be coming. Simply show up and we will be happy to have you!

Lori Dermer

Chair, Short and Long Range Planning Committee This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Men's Club
Shaare Zion Congregation’s Men's Club is an auxiliary whose purpose is to strengthen, promote and advance the objectives and activities of the Congregation. Membership is open to all male members of the Congregation over 18 years of age whose membership fee has been paid. Throughout the year Men's Club members organize and participate in various social, religious and cultural projects.

Religious Affairs Committee
The mandate of the Religious Affairs Committee is to review the ritual practices of the synagogue. All suggestions are then sent to the Board of Trustees for deliberation.

Short Long Range Planning
The mandate of the Short Long Range Planning Committee is to openly discuss challenges the synagogue faces. While we do not implement any decisions, we bring to the table any and all ideas we can come up with and share them with the Board of Trustees and other synagogue committees as appropriate.

Shaare Zion Congregation’s Sisterhood is an auxiliary group whose objectives are to promote the welfare of the congregation, stress ethical and religious practices in everyday living, further Jewish education by sponsoring and promoting educational programmes and cultural activities in the congregation and participate in civic activities that strengthen our relationship with Israel.

Solomon Schechter Academy/Shaare Zion Congregation
The mandate of the Solomon Schechter Academy/Shaare Zion Congregation Committee is to continue to strengthen the relationship between the school and the synagogue. We look at joint programming, shared communication and the resolution of any building issues as they arise.

The mandate of the Website Committee is to plan and implement an interactive online presence for Shaare Zion Congregation. The committee incorporates a design team, a content team and a policy team to make sure the website is current and accessible to all.