Pic of Ellen Orzoff in front of her poem, sandblasted into the sidewalk on 73rd and Portland as part of the City of Richfield's Art Commission contest.

Highlights from the Annual Meeting held on May 15, 2016 from Luke Weisberg, Board President

Shalom Chaverim,

We held Shir Tikvah's 28th Annual Meeting this past Sunday. For those who were not able to be there, I'm following up with a few highlights of what was accomplished.

  • Members approved a budget, as proposed by your Board of Trustees, that will keep us moving forward in 2017. The budget anticipates some increased giving (through our efforts to increase regular core commitments, via Team Nadiv conversations), a reduction in dues to the Union of Reform Judaism, and continued steady support for our fabulous staff and program costs.
  • Your 2016-17 Board of Trustees was elected, welcoming Ben Goldfarb, Eli Kramer, and Anne Trockman as new Trustees. We are grateful to outgoing Board members Emmy Higgs Matzner and former Treasurer Ben Malakoff for their contributions and commitment. And, we also remain deeply appreciative to Ray Levi for his service for several years on the Board, most recently as our Past President.
  • Pursuant to prior discussion among Board and lay leaders, members approved a change to the by-laws that shifts the President's term from two-years to three years, with an option for a subsequent two-year term.

I shared with members some highlights of four strategic initiatives that Trustees have agreed to focus on for the next two-year period. These include a continued focus on our racial justice work within the congregation, providing some clarity and strengthening of our expectations for religious education, deliberate consideration of what kinds of facilities needs we are likely to face in the coming years; and of course, implementation of the financial planning approved by the Board last year, including advancing the work of Team Nadiv to grow our members' regular, sustained financial commitments. We received some very thoughtful input from members at the meeting on these issues, and will continue to engage you as each advances in the coming years. As always, if you have questions or ideas to share regarding any of these items, I welcome the communication!

Finally, please join me again in wishing Rabbi Latz, Michael Simon, Noa and Liat a nesiyah tovah on their upcoming travels during Rabbi Latz's summer sabbatical. We will be well cared for during their absence and look forward to their safe and speedy return!

The Sixth and Seventh Grade Hebrew School Students Participated in Night on the Street, led by Barry Epstein on April 16.  Shir Tikvah had 21 kids and 12 parents in attendance.  The kids learned about different responses to homelessness from a Jewish and non-Jewish perspective.

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