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Have An Idea For A Program Draft

Have an Idea for a Program or Event?

Terrific! JRC is a diverse, participatory, and sacred community dedicated to a daring, deeply-rooted Judaism, and we do so by fostering connection and collaboration. We strive to provide programming and services for all members to enjoy. Whatever your interest, you will find shared community at JRC!

JRC wants to bring your events and program ideas to life! Just follow these four easy steps…

1. Share Your Idea With The Corresponding Board VP:

Not sure who to contact? Reach out to JRC’s Executive Director, Micky Baer, and she’ll be happy to help you think it through.

VP of Tikkun Olam: Anne Wildman

VP of Ritual Practices: Marla Baker

VP of Financial Development: David Block

VP of Administration: David Tabak

VP of Education: Robert Israelite

VP of Membership: Hannah Shearn

VP of Strategic Development: Becca Sperling

2. Choose A Date:

Email JRC’s Communication and Events Coordinator, Max Sendor, and suggest some possible dates. Max will help you to find an opening in the JRC calendar. Feel free to take a look at our Community Calendar to consider available dates.

3. Fill Out Our Event Details Form

This form will share the language you would like us to use to describe your program on the calendar, in our e-news, and on JRC’s social media. In order to appear in our Weekly E-News, communications requests must be submitted by 5:00 pm the Monday before.

4. Plan Your Facility Needs

Congratulations! Your great idea has become a program! Now you’ll need to fine tune your facility needs with the office and our custodial staff. Reach out to us to set up a time to talk this through, then complete our Event Set-Up Form.

Financial FAQ’s

We want funding for our committee/task force in the budget, how can we do that?

Our budget process for the fiscal year starts in the fall when the committees identify their goals and the financial needs to accomplish those goals. In January the budget committee begins to compile budget recommendations and in February a preliminary budget is prepared for the coming year. Revisions are made with the input of the Vice-Presidents. Ideally a final budget is adopted by the Board of Directors by the April board meeting. The budget, or fiscal year is July-June. You may contact the Vice-President assigned to your committee if you have budgetary needs.

Are there any funds budgeted for our committee’s/task force’s work?

You can contact the Vice-President assigned to your committee or Executive Director Micky Baer to find out if your committee has funding through the JRC operating budget.

My committee/task force wants to have a fundraiser.

All fundraisers require board approval. The Development Committee is charged with maintaining a fundraising calendar for the year. Contact the Vice-President of Development about having your fundraiser approved. Once your fundraiser is approved by the board, contact the office find a suitable date for the event.

I need to purchase something for my committee/task force. Do I have to pay tax?

As a 501 (c) (3) organization, JRC is tax exempt. If you are making approved purchases for JRC, you can get a copy of our tax exemption letter from the office. Please note that Costco only exempts tax for their tax exempt members. Since we do not have an account with Costco you will have to pay tax for Costco purchases.

How can I get reimbursed for a purchase?

Be sure to save your receipts. If your purchase is a budgeted expense and has been approved by your Committee Chair/Vice President, you can send your receipts to the office, attention Micky Baer. Please allow about two weeks for processing.

Communications FAQ’s

Why can’t we meet at JRC on Monday nights?

To accommodate staff schedules and custodial staffing needs JRC is closed on Monday evening after 5:00pm.

Who do I call to get my committee/task force meeting on our website calendar?

Contact for all scheduling needs and room requests. Please note that our building is closed on Monday nights and on Sundays during the summer months. Programs are typically not scheduled on Shabbat (Saturdays) except under special circumstances.

How can I get something posted on JRC’s website?

Contact Micky Baer at to make a request for an update to the website. Postings on our website are in keeping with the JRC External Communications Policy

The information about my committee on the website is outdated, how can I get it updated?

Contact Micky Baer at to notify the office of updates needed on the website. Please provide a short description of your committee and provide an image if you have one.

We need to send out a mailing. Can the office do it for us?

Committee mailings are typically done by volunteers. JRC will only pay postage costs for mailings of official JRC business. Please note that the costs associated with printing and mailing are absorbed by your committee. Make sure that there are funds available to you for that purpose.

How can we find people who would be interested in the work of our committee/task force?

A combination of getting the word out about the good work that your committee/task force does and just plain asking people is the best way to increase your members. Here are some ideas:

  • Be sure to let the JRC office know at least 3 weeks prior to when your committee/task force meets. The JRC office staff can post it on the JRC web calendar and in the announcements.
  • Think of what you want your committee/task force members to do: Plan events? Make phone calls? Design a poster? Write an article? Then the office can put something in the announcements seeking interested volunteers.
  • Write something for the monthly newsletter about your committee/task force to generate interest.
  • Call people and invite them to join you. Not sure who to call? The office can help give you some ideas.

Who should I reach out to?

Micky Baer, Executive Director
Contact Micky if you have a question the budget, finances for your committee, if you expect to enter into a legal agreement with another organization or vendor, if you want to include sales (i.e. tickets or books) at your event, or if you can’t find an answer to your question in this list.
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2224

Rabbi David Eber, Assistant Rabbi for Education
Contact Rabbi David if you are looking for information on our Religious School, Youth Group or High School programs.
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2225

Shelli Patt, Early Childhood Director
Contact Shelli if you are looking for information about our Early Childhood Center.
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2227

Max Sendor, Communications and Events Coordinator
Contact Max if you have any questions about communications, programing, upcoming events, scheduling event spaces, social media, etc.
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2229

Layhao Diep, Administrative and Business Assistant
Contact Layhao if you have a question about Religious School registration, you want to make a donation, or if you have questions or changes to make to the Member Portal (contact info, yahrzeits, ect).​​​​​​
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext.2220

Rachel Sherman, Clergy Assistant and Ritual Events Coordinator
Contact Rachel if you have a question about ritual or spiritual life, pastoral support, and life cycles including new babies, B’nai Mitzvah, weddings, funerals, shiva, or conversion, or if you would like to connect with our clergy.
Phone: 847-328-7678

Main Office
Contact the main office with questions about your payments or statements, or to request an emailed invoice or receipt.
Phone: 847-328-7678