Volunteer Spotlight

Yvette Bergman

My husband and I have been members of The Community Synagogue for almost 30 years.  We joined within months of moving to Port Washington because we wanted to find and become part of Jewish life in town. The Community Synagogue is my community in Port Washington and has become my second home.  Belonging makes me feel part of a multigenerational group that is aligned with my values.  I am always learning, meeting new people, making new friends, and growing as a leader. 

I am currently on the synagogue Board of Trustees and involved in several committees including the Visioning Committee and The Thriving Synagogue Survey Results Committee.  I am also Financial Secretary of The Sisterhood of The Community Synagogue, coordinate a Chai Mitzvah study group, and am a member of The Women of Reform Judaism Northeast District Board of Trustees.

Through the years, I have been part of several search teams for hiring senior synagogue staff, former chair of the adult education committee, and worked on Casino Night.  I am a former president of Sisterhood and have chaired many Sisterhood departments including programming, membership, and fundraising.

My first venture into volunteering at the synagogue was by becoming an active member of The Family Activities Committee.  That committee has now become a subcommittee of sisterhood.  My stepdaughter was young at the time and attended both religious school and family events here.  She is now married, and she and her husband along with her family are members of synagogue themselves.

One thing you may not know about me is that I was a Hebrew school drop out in 4th or 5th grade. Never even went to Hillel during college. I came back to Judaism after I was married and decided that I wanted a Jewish home.  It was not too late.  The synagogue was there for me.  I became a bat mitzvah here as an adult and continue to learn and grow my Judaism.