Minutes of Vaad Menahel meeting - November 3, 2005

Present: Penina Arbit, Randi Garber (co-chairpersons), Kobi Abelman, Jody Blum, Warren Burstein, Dov Cooper, Esther Edell, Orit Elgavi, Yonni Hammer-Kossoy, Bobbie Silberklang, Debbie Weissman. Philip Yakar (Administrator)

Observers: Dannie Kahan, Daniel Rohrlich, Dina Weiner, Dov Rabinovich.

Apologies: Donna Goldberg, Neil Pearlman.


Hershey Katz sent a letter outlining issues related to shmirah which are whether there is a necessity for an armed or unarmed presence at the entrance (there is no legal requirement for us to do so and many shuls in the neighborhood have stopped their shemira) and the fact that the burden of the shmira rotation now falls on 8 people who often do 2 or three toranuyot a month.

Four options were suggested (by Hershy):

The vaad members who are also shomrim, agreed with the recommendation to discontinue the armed presence at the door, though felt that an unarmed presence would still be useful (not only for security reasons). The vaad decided to let the kehilla weigh in on the need for a presence at the door by appealing for new volunteers for either armed or unarmed presence, and based on the response to make a final decision. A toranut for opening and closing will also have to be developed.

Chagei Tishrei

Comments were received as follows.

Overall, all ran well.



Yom Kippur


Simchat Torah

Children's Readings


Hashkamah Minyan Shabbat

Agreed there be a 3 month trial, once a month, at 6:45. After that period we will evaluate its impact on the 8.30 minyan.

Use of building by school

Agreed to allow the T'hilah School to use the building, price to be worked out. There will be a time limit. Members' events will take precedence. The school will be responsible for cleaning.

Drama chug

A new member has asked to open a chug once a week for children. The usual rental conditions will apply, and insurance taken care of.

Torah reading

Tzvi Ariel suggests that a pre-bar/bat mitzvah hold the yad during readings. The Gabbaim have raised objections mainly due to crowding on the bima. In principle it would only be done if the reader is agreeable. Also potential yad holders will be asked to prepare for the task. Approved for a trial period (reevaluation at the end of December).

New Ner Tamid

Reservations were expressed about the design. The chairpersons will meet with the artist.



Date of next meeting

05.12.05, at 20:00.

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