Welcome to the Library Minyan of Temple Beth Am! We are a minyan that’s led and run by its members. Below are names and contact information for people in key roles, which should help you find ways to join in.
If you want to participate in Services, here are the people you might want to contact:
Coordinator: Henry Morgen, MishnahStudy@libraryminyan.org.
Henry organizes the Mishna Study the precedes almost every Shabbat morning service.
Coordinators: Alisa Shudofsky and David Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org, know that everyone has at least one d’var Torah in them. We take pride in the range of people who offer Torah wisdom.
Coordinator: Paul Miller, Paul.Alan.Miller@gmail.com. Paul welcomes new and returning leyners for short and longer aliyot. The Library Minyan follows the Triennial Cycle.
Allan Kokin chairs the Gabbaim & Coordinators Committee. Howard is currently recuperating. Jerry Krautman is filling in.
Current gabbaim are: Howard Fredman, Anita Happel, Myron Hecht, Teri Cohan Link, Jerry Krautman, and Paul Miller. Contact them at email@example.com. Gabbaim recruit and guide those playing active roles in services. Individual gabbaim here.
Other important people:
Webmaster: Bob Roosth, firstname.lastname@example.org, sends out the Minyan Monthly and other electronic messages. On the website you can sign up for the Minyan Monthly.
Treasurer: Dale Bodenstein, email@example.com, is an important member of the Finance Committee. To contribute to the Minyan, mail a check made out to “Library Minyan of TBA” to Dale at 1121 S. Spaulding Ave., LA, CA 90019, or donate online at tbala.org, designating the Library Minyan.
Chair: Ilana Grinblat, firstname.lastname@example.org, recruits and guides children’s participation in services: leading Ashrei, Ein Kelohainu, and Adon Olam, and holding the Torah, etc.
Chair: Susan Laemmle, email@example.com. This committee updates and disseminates Minyan-related information through this website and the Minyan Monthly The chair acts as recording secretary for the Steering Committee, and ensures that records of Steering Committee meetings and Minyan general meetings are maintained.
Chair: Anita Happel, firstname.lastname@example.org. This committee provides education programming for the Minyan that is open to the entire TBA kahal, and also helps people learn to take on new roles in services.
Chair: Jonathan Friedman, email@example.com. This committee develops financial policies and procedures for the Minyan, in cooperation with the Steering Committee and Temple Beth Am.
Chair: Mayer Brenner, firstname.lastname@example.org. This committee aims to keep the prayer experience relevant and meaningful, cultivating a sense of renewal. (bar mitzvah photo)
Chair: Miriam Prum Hess, email@example.com, coordinates subcommittees for Chesed, Diaspora Potluck, Kiddush, and Ohel Patuach/ Open Tent.
Carl Sunshine, firstname.lastname@example.org, helps arrange co-sponsored kiddushes in honor of birthdays, anniversaries, or yahrzeits. He can also advise on individually sponsored kiddushes for major events.
Coordinator: Essia Cartoon-Fredman, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, opens the tent of home hospitality for newcomers and others. If you’d like to share a Shabbat or holiday meal in the home of Library Minyan members, contact her to arrange a shidduch.
Batya Ordin, email@example.com, supports Library Minyan members during the birth/adoption of a child, illness or death in the family. Contact Batya if you or another member of our community needs assistance with meals.
Committee Co-Chairs: Michelle Wolf and Deborah Blum, firstname.lastname@example.org, and their committee arrange pot-luck dining and other social events, mostly off-site from TBA.