Become part of Har Shalom and the community
Board President: David Cox
Board Vice President: Sherry Kolenda
President Emeritus: Holly Kingsford
Secretary: Lida Running Crane
Treasurer: Paul Rosen
Members At Large: Bert Chessin, Pat Cohen, Marlene Hutchins, David Jolles
Har Shalom believes that a synagogue is an extension of your family, a warm and caring place where you can find spiritual nurturing, education for your entire family, opportunities for social activities or a chance to practice Jewish values. Our operating committees, listed below, are waiting for you to become involved.
EDUCATION and SOCIAL ACTION: Lida Running Crane
We are deeply passionate about caring for our community, and Lida leads the way, finding opportunities for our congregation to support and care for folks in need.
We offer adult classes taught by various congregation members including Hebrew I, Hebrew II, Beginnings of Judaism, and conversion classes.
We also offer Atidaynu, our Jewish Sunday School, meeting every other week through the school year. This program provides a quality education for our children, Kindergarten through 7th grade, in an enriched Jewish environment, and is dedicated to instilling within each student a joyful attitude toward Judaism. Students receive an education in Jewish principles including bible stories, history, holidays, basic Hebrew language, ethics and Israel. In addition, students are guided to prepare for b’nai mitzvah study.
BUILDING – David Cox
This committee is responsible for the improvements, maintenance, repairs, and usage of the building.
FUNDRAISING & FINANCE – Sherry Kolenda
This committee is charged with maintaining the financial integrity and stability of the Synagogue. The Committee works on annual dues pledges and collections, annual financial statements, annual budgeting, and works with congregants who need assistance with annual dues level.
MEMBERSHIP – Pat Cohen
The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting, attracting, and retaining members. This committee proposes membership requirements and prepares membership materials and events.
RUACH – Holly Kingsford
The mission of this committee is to provide Har Shalom’s members with a worship experience that is meaningful and caring. In addition to preparing for religious events and holidays, the committee has worked closely with our spiritual leader and Board of Directors to develop a service leadership training program.
ENTERTAINMENT – Dave Jolles
This committee plans and coordinates the entertainment for festivals and events.
DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION – Marlene Hutchins
From keeping the design of the website current to developing print materials, this committee presents Har Shalom’s personality to everyone that visits us, online and on-site.
COLLEGE CONNECTION – Laurie Franklin, University of Montana Hillel Faculty Advisor
Hillel at the University of Montana
Missoula’s Hillel chapter, located on the campus of the University of Montana, Missoula, stays in touch with our college students through their Facebook page, connecting them with Har Shalom and the Jewish community.