Interested in volunteering or have questions? Contact Executive Director, Dianne Neiman, at 301-942-2000, or

Adult Education – Plan educational opportunities for adults.

Art in HaMakom – Coordinates rotating art exhibits.

Bereavement Committee – Provides support for members that lose a loved one by preparing and delivery a meal to Temple members following the funeral service.

Board of Education – Works closely with the Director of Education in the management and supervision of the Religious School (Participation by invitation only).

Brotherhood – Learn more about their events and initiatives here.

Building and Grounds – Evaluates and makes recommendations on building and grounds requirements.

Community Social Action Council – Promotes and helps organize activities locally that allow opportunities to perform mitzvot; supports related activities throughout the congregation; strengthens the ability of all Temple volunteers to make a difference in our community.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee – The Committee’s mission is to carry out the ideals stated in the Temple’s DEI Statement by developing a DEI Program that creates cultural competency and advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion for the Community; by creating an environment that reflects the community we serve; and by fostering an environment in which all members, staff, students, and visitors feel included, respected, valued, and safe. Please see their report from the 2023 Temple Emanuel Annual Meeting here.

Early Childhood Center Board (Participation by invitation only).

Finance – Develops the annual budget and provides financial recommendations to the Board. (Participation by invitation only).

Global Mitzvah Team – Supports the international charitable projects of our Global Mitzvah Project, working to address poverty, health, and educational needs around the world. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with them and their initiatives here

Green Team – Investigated the feasibility of and implemented green projects to lessen the environmental footprint of Temple Emanuel. Click to view the 2014 Tikkun Olam Action Guide. Not currently active.

Human Resources – Working in partnership with the Temple professionals, this committee is responsible for developing, defining and articulating the synagogue’s policies regarding its employees. (Participation by invitation only).

Israel Engagement – Raises the visibility of Israel within the congregation; leads educational programs; advocates on behalf of Reform principles in Israel; supports travel to Israel. Please see their report from the 2023 Temple Emanuel Annual Meeting here.

KESTY – Temple Emanuel Youth Group for teens grades 8-12; affiliated with NFTY.

  • kesty Katan – Temple Emanuel Youth Group for children grades K-2
  • kesty345 – Temple Emanuel Youth Group for children grades 3-5
  • kesty j. – Temple Emanuel Youth Group for children grades 6-7

Kulanu – Supports and sponsors gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender inclusion and programming at Temple Emanuel and the community. Learn more about the work of the Kulanu committee and see our 2023 Pride events here.

Membership – Responsible for recruiting new members and working on membership retention.


Nominating (Participation by invitation only)

Philanthropy  – Coordinates and prioritizes philanthropy at Temple Emanuel. (Participation by invitation only)

Religious Practices – Assists the clergy in matters pertaining to Religious Practices, including prayer books, High Holiday honors and special projects  (Participation by invitation only).

Senior Focus – Coordinates play readings and the Annual Chanukah luncheon.

SOME (So Others Might Eat) – Temple Emanuel participates in the Provide-A-Meal program that feeds the homeless and poor people in the Greater Washington, DC area at Christmas. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.

Technology Committee – Provides technical expertise in support of IT projects and operational needs. The Tech Committee’s primary activities included replacing the Temple Emanuel website and streaming Temple indoor and outdoor religious services on Zoom. The Tech Committee maintains the website, sound and video systems, religious service streaming, and other IT related projects. Volunteers welcome.

Torah Study – All are welcome to join our discussions of the weekly Torah portion and the other books comprising the Hebrew Bible. There is a drop-in class Monday evenings, and a Minyan and Torah Study group which meets on Saturday mornings.

WRJ – Women of Reform Judaism. Learn more about their events and initiatives here.