Dear Congregation B’nai Israel Members,
This is my last issue of Temple Topics in which I am honored to
write a message as President of our beloved Congregation B’nai
Israel. The past three years as President of our Temple has been an
incredible honor for me.
When I first joined Congregation B’nai Israel, nearly 30 years ago,
I would have never dreamed I would be in a leadership position such as President
of our Temple. Temple President seemed to be a position held by giants within our
Jewish community. I am humbled by, and I appreciate the trust and confidence
you have put in me to lead our board. To quote Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have seen
further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” It has been a wonderful and
great pleasure serving our Temple and Board these last three years. I am looking
forward to the progress we will make the next three years, as I will be included in
the list of past Presidents of Congregation B’nai Israel.
We will vote on the board slate and a proposal to modify
our kitchen from Kosher to Kosher-Style.
Voting on all other matters requires attendance at the
meeting and our constitution states we do not recognize
proxies. Your attendance is vital so that we can have a
quorum and conduct Temple business. A quorum consists
of “not less than twenty-five percent of the membership in
good standing. A member in good standing shall be
deemed one who is not more than six months in arrears of
payment dues.” If you have any questions about your
status, please contact Susan Abelkop, our Financial
Secretary. Only members in good standing may vote or
serve on the Board.
Along with the meeting, we will enjoy a wine and cheese
Thank you for your time and support of our congregation. I
look forward to seeing you soon.