Minutes of Vaad Menahel Meeting - March 21, 2007

Present: Penina Arbit, Randi Garber (chairpersons), Kobi Abelman, Jody Blum, Warren Burstein, Simon Caplan, Dov Cooper, Esther Edell, Neil Pearlman, Miriam Fine (Vaadat Bikoret), Philip Yakar (administrator)

Apologies: Donna Goldberg, Yonni Hammer-Kossoy, Daniel Rorlich, Bobbie Silberklang, Debbie Weissman

Pesach Flyer

The flyer will be e-mailed to the Vaad this evening for comments.

Yom Haatzmaut

Miriam Fine agreed to ask Rav Melchior if he will be the speaker. Beit Boyer will be invited to join us.

Yom Yerushalayim

The new photographic exhibition will be opened on Erev Yom Yerushalayim. Dov agreed to consult members over what kind of activity they want, and the Gabbaim will decide on the content of the t'filot.


Yair Furstenberg has agreed to teach. Miriam recommended asking Ta Sh'ma to conduct the whole Tikun. Randi will consult with Debbie Greiniman.

Yom Hashoah


- to repeat the project of personal stories on the Friday before Yom Hashoah at Yad Vashem. The suggestion of having a choir there has budgetary implications which will be looked into.

- on the night a film will be shown (either "Amen" or "Hiding and Seeking") with a discussion led by David Rosen. Marc Render will be asked to lend his Barco.

Non-member bat-mitzvahs


- there should be no more than one a month,

- The charge should be 1000 NIS i.e. membership, (unless there are financial issues, for people from the neighbourhood only).

Daily Evening T'filot

Simon Caplan agreed to investigate if members are interested in instituting Mincha and Maariv services on weekdays, or just Maariv at a fixed time.


Good Purimshpiel! And warm thanks to the participants. The soldiers were grateful for their mishlochei manot. Warren donated excess ingredients to a "worthy cause". A financial summary will be provided at the next meeting.

Used Clothes Bazaar

Thanks were expressed to Nir Levy. Advertising cost 1450 NIS, while income was about 2000 NIS. The Kupat Tzedakah will receive a donation. It was felt that there was not enough help and, if we do it again next year, a committee will have to be set up.

Leadership Meeting

50 members participated. So far three of four of the discussion groups have submitted summaries. Problems were identified and ideas raised. The problem of leadership and the dynamics of the community are clearly linked. The former chairpersons will summarise the conclusions and bring them to the community.

The tradition of sending a welcome letter to new members will be renewed.

Meeting Minutes

Concern was expressed that the procedure for approving minutes did not allow the Vaad to give input. Agreed that, in future, the process will be:

a. Preparation of draft minutes.

b. Approval by chairpeople.

c. Submission to Vaad for comment within 48 hours.

d. Final draft by chairpeople, and posting for members, with the caveat that the minutes are provisional.

e. Approval by Vaad at their subsequent meeting. (First item on every agenda.)

f. Minutes to be translated into Hebrew by the administrator.

Date of Next Meeting

16th April 2007 at 20:00.

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