Present: Miriam Fine,
Noomi Stahl (co-chairwomen), Kobi Abelman, Penina Arbit, Esther Edell, Sharon Greenblat-Dietch, Yonni Hammer-Kossoy, Gary Heller, Neil Pearlman, Daniel
Debbie Greiniman (Vaadat Bikoret).
Dov Cooper, Eudice Harris (guests).
Philip Yakar (administrator).
Minutes of the previous meeting
In item 13 the word Kolot
should be Kolech. With this change the minutes were
approved and signed.
Maintenance and Security
Eudice gave a detailed account of
Security.Blankets and bottles have been found outside
the back wall at the back of the building, a cause for concern. An
electrician has been brought in to give an estimate for putting up a
motion-detector and floodlight above the area involved. The halacha committee has been
asked for a ruling on use of such a device on Shabbat. Also the question
of Shmira at events has been raised. Gary Heller agreed to examine the
security issues and will ask Bob Caroll to
Maintenance.The Irya says the truck outside will
be removed this week. The A/C compressors have been reset and all units
are now working. Some tables need replacing. We will spend between 4000 –
this year on cleaning and polishing the floors, which are extremely
difficult to maintain. We need to replace several acoustic ceiling panels
in the near future. They cost 100 NISeach plus glue but the work is expensive. Eudice
is trying to find a Jerusalem
person to do the work, since the Tel Aviv supplier is very expensive. The
A/C technicians need to be brought in to check all the units,
particularly those not accessible in the past. A panel in the acoustic
doors needs to be repaired. The sump pumps in the basement need to be
repaired or replaced. An exterior wall tile fell recently. Because of
legal problems with the Kablan we cannot ask him to deal with the current
problems, including the cracked glass panel. Eudice stressed that all
matters pertaining to the building must be referred to the Maintenance
Committee, and there has to be communication and coordination. As a last
point Eudice requested that the book committee purchasechumashim with an English translation.
Following a Finance Committee meeting a
recommendation was put before the Vaad to change several lines in 2008 budget,
this in light of actual expenses and income.
The revised budget (attached) was
approved. It was agreed that sums be rounded to the nearest 100 NIS. The issue of the
division of Purim income (Mishloach manot and machatzithashekel) between the Shul
and Kupat Tzedaka will be raised at a subsequent meeting.
The FC recommends:
-Hayalimbod'dim will be exempt from paying dues;
-students will pay 250 NIS until Tisha
B'Av, and 300 after (instead of 350);
-other dues will
not be raised.
These recommendations will
be considered at the next meeting.
The material has been passed on by the
book-keeper to the accountant.
Esther is not pleased with his work and
will look to replace him from January
1st 2009. Esther will prepare an information document of
our needs, and will invite book-keepers to submit bids accordingly. Vaad
members are requested to give names to Esther.
A Sefer, brought from Rumania, and checked, will cost 30,000 NIS, and our request to
acquire one has been approved. It is available immediately.
It was decided that we should see if the
price is negotiable, and get it checked further for its Kashrut.
Asher Arbit will be asked to help with this. If it is O.K. we will look for
donors. We should request a one year'guarantee' so that any mistakes or
problems would be covered.
The Building Fund (which will pay) and
the Finance Committee, recommend that the test be carried out, at a cost of
1500 NIS. The
test is required since the architect is working on plans for the basement and
needs to know what is required in the area of the Electricity Co. transformer.
Daniel Rohrlich will talk to Marc Render about the nature and efficacy of the
The expenditure of 1500 NIS was approved.
A pot-luck (planned) dinner will take
place after t'filah. Miriam will seek someone –
preferably a newer member – to take this on. Also Deborah Kalker's
name was suggested.
– 1st Shiur – kids 10-14 and parents with Nava Sykes.
High-school and parents with EytanKadan.
– 2nd Shiur on s'fekot with Yehiel Greiniman and Danny Brom.
Gary Heller (in English) and Jonathan Chipman have
agreed to give shiurim. It was noted that no women were asked (or agreed) to
give the general Shiurim. Activities for kids under 10 will be arranged before
Shavuot. At the supper will there be a dvar torah, singing? Neil offered to
prepare the flowers and a budget of 400 NIS
Rules for behaviour
A lengthy discussion took place based on
a document prepared by Debbie Greiniman. It was felt that there were too many
negatives, and that this would turn families away. What is required is a positive
program to keep kids occupied. In addition specific parents could be approached
and asked to get their children to behave in a respectful way to congregants
and the building, itself. Undoubtedly damage and safety issues have to be
agreed to set up an ad-hoc group of parents and members to consider the issues
and make recommendations.
is continuing to search for an appropriate place. Neil will pass to Sharon some ideas that he
has. Penina will advise Sharon
of the dates of the Poland
trip in order to avoid a clash. It was felt to be too late to organize an
Date of next meeting
Because of the late hour the following items were not