As we come into May we are preparing for the
Congregational meeting. May 2022 is the first elections
since the Congregation was formed as a result of COVID
19. This virus has destroyed many lives and businesses.
That said, we have to THANK G-D and the officers of this
Congregation who have guided us through this pandemic.
This is a crucial time for this Congregation as our membership
is declining faster than it has ever been. Some of
that is a result of our foremembers who gave till it hurt to
keep our Congregation alive. Many of our members are
not aware of the time, effort and money that has been
raised by the members of the Executive Board. As you
think about who you would like to lead this Congregation
you should be certain they are prepared to reach into their
own pockets to help the Congregation.
We have witnessed this before. Century Pines at one
time had 800+ members and Village Reform Congregation
had just under 550 members. We now have approximately
165 members and the Congregation is a geriatric
Congregation. We have witnessed this before and I will tell
you that this is going to be an uphill battle.
Make no mistake, it is in the hands of the membership.
You need to make sure that you understand all aspects of
our Congregation. Our leaders need to have the ability to
take care of the religious aspects of the Congregation’s
needs and to lead the executive team that understands not
just the religious, but also the business aspects of running
a business that is in major crisis.
I cannot tell you how much time I have personally spent
getting to where we are and I am not even the person who
puts in the most time. Running a synagogue is different
than running a business. Our job is to represent our members’
best interests. To do that you need to lead by committee.
I will tell you that it is a difficult way to operate. You just
can’t make decisions, you need in many cases to get the
permission of the board, and in some cases you need the
permission of the Congregation.
It is very important that our members come out to the
Candidates’ afternoon on May15th at noon to ask questions
and find out their plans to keep us running and alive.
This event is being sponsored and a light lunch will be
served after the event.
Jesse, Carol and Mary