Minutes of Vaad Menahel meeting 12.01.09
Carol Fuchs (from ), Debbie Greiniman (until ) (Vaadat Bikoret)
Philip Yakar (administrator)
Were approved and signed.
While the Families Party and Calligraphy Workshop were both excellent the attendances were not large.
It was agreed that there is a need to document all programmes, both for archival and evaluation purposes. In order to do this a form should be prepared, detailing budget, programme description, number of participants, amount of volunteer time required, etc. This should be filled out by the "owner" of each event.
Thanks were offered to JJ Marx and Judith Green for their work.
Overall the programme was very successful and well attended. There were one or two minor issues to be dealt with. The Vaad thanked Sharon Greenblat- Deitch and Debbie Kalker for their efforts.
The options on the table are:
The Romanian Sefer, already
repaired, but without îòéì and òöé çééí – 30,000
The Sefer offered by a member for
loan to the community, and which will cost a minimum of 30,000
Decided: by a vote of 8 – 0 to purchase the Romanian Sefer. In addition we will seek a donor for the repair of the family Sefer.
Marc Render will be advised of the decision.
The insurance for on-loan S'farim is to be checked.
A number of programme ideas were offered. Debbie Greiniman, Randi, Donna and Esther agreed to look into these ideas and to come up with a final programme.
Steven Edell and Dov Cooper, the Deot moderators, joined the meeting for this item.
A very lengthy debate took place, in which all Vaad members participated actively. The debate arose out of the correspondence on the territories issue over the last few weeks, some criticisms of the moderators and whether there is a need for unmoderated discussion.
It was noted that:
· Steven and Dov are carrying out an extremely difficult task and deserve our heartfelt thanks.
· In the poll that was taken whether to continue airing political issues through Deot, a big majority voted to continue allowing political discussions, although many of those who were opposed feel very strongly about it.
· The correspondence has enabled a considerable amount of learning on all sides and was respectful at all times.
· Anybody who wishes can open an unmoderated group, not under Yedidya auspices.
· Anybody who has complaints about the moderation can turn to the chairpersons.
Decided that guidelines and procedures be published on the web-site, and that there be no time limits on discussion time.
In summary Noomi felt that the past few weeks have been a positive experience and that we should be proud of this forum.
Randi reported that, so far, just over
In terms of the budget for the Beit Midrash a number of questions have yet to be resolved in order to prepare an appropriate budget line. The costs, at this stage, include refreshments, transport costs of teachers, and overheads (e.g. electricity). In the future, when income allows, the salaries of the teachers will have to be added. It is not clear if all, or part of, the subsidy is expected to come from the 50,000 NIS Building Fund money (for the first four years) or from our operating budget.
It was proposed that the refreshments be covered by the participants, or, alternatively, be provided by them.
In order to clarify the issues, including fund-raising efforts, it was agreed to invite Haim Watzman to the next Vaad meeting, for a comprehensive review.
We are not aware if there was any response to Tova
Avichai-Kremer's request for help for the Keshet
school programme. A message of support will be sent to our members, the Libicki family in
will be asked to run the Mishloach manot programme again. Penina will speak to
Ruth is involved in a film project about the significance of Ethiopian names. The Film will be screened at the Cinemateque. She has requested that contributors donate through Yedidya, and/or that Yedidya becomes a partner. It is not clear if our Amuta can do this, so it was decided to consult with our legal advisor.
Monday 16th February at 20:00.