July 14, 2016 Executive Committee Minutes
I. Call to Order and Attendance – Our meeting was called to order by President Bill Sperling. Members who attended in addition to Sperling were Phil Snyder, Bob Holloway, Bill Friedel, Don Harrison, Alan Goldenberg, and Norman Katz. Absent members were Ed Cherlin, Joel Kriger and Howard Kaplan
2. Actions Taken
A. MOMENT OF SILENCE – At the suggestion of Bill Friedel, we observed a moment of silence in memory of the 84 men, women and children run down by a terrorist in a truck during a Bastille Day celebration.
B. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP – A unanimous vote extended to Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal honorary membership in the Men’s Club.
C. PRO-RATED DUES – By unanimous vote, anyone who joins the Men’s Club for the balance of 2016 may pay dues of $12 for that year. In January 2017, full year’s dues will be $36.
D. STEAK IN SUKKAH PRICING –By unanimous vote it was decided that Steak in the Sukkah (accompanied by beer tasting which Norma Katz will arrange) will cost $45 per person for members, and $50 for non-members. The names of people who sign up to usher for the High Holy Days will be drawn to award one half-price coupon for Steak in the Sukkah.
E. ADVERTISING IN FJMC PUBLICATION – By unanimous vote, the Men’s Club voted to spend $54 on an ad in an upcoming publication of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club to congratulate Phil Snyder and Norm Katz as TIS Men’s Club Men of the Year.
F. BRICK FUND PURCHASE- By unanimous vote, the Men’s Club decided to purchase an engraved brick to help start its brick program. Cost of brick is $180, with proceeds to be divided between the synagogue and the Men’s Club. Deducting the share that would come back to the Men’s Club, it was decided to put $105 into the brick fund.
G. MEN’S CLUB SHIRTS – By unanimous vote, the Men’s Club decided to order 20 shirts at $25 per shirt (except for XL and XXL which are slightly more). The shirts will be red background, with the Men’s Club logo (see above) in blue and white. This gives us the Israeli flag colors in the handshake and, an American red, white and blue color scheme overall.
3. Treasurer’s Report – Bill Friedel said as of June 30, our general fund had a balance of $3,551.32, and that there was another $509 in the special scholarship fund.
4. Discussion Items
A. Word of Torah—Norm Katz reflected on the upcoming parsha, Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1), saying the Edomite King was asked to let Moses and the 600,000 people accompanying him travel through their land. Though Moses said the group would travel straight through, turning neither right nor left, and paying for any water consumed, the Edomite king refused, and required Moses and company to take an other route. Norm suggested this has happened in modern times, when Hungary, which is a gateway to the European community, declined to permit refugees from Syria to pass through.
B. Synagogue’s New Members Night – Bill Sperling noted that on August 28, Tifereth Israel Synagogue will welcome new members. Old members also may attend, but RSVP by Aug. 19th He asked that a pamphlet explaining the mission, activities, and spirit of the Men’s Club be prepared prior to the Aug. 28th date.
C. FJMC DUES — Bill S reminded us that we will be paying dues to the national FJMC as well as the regional FJMC based on the number of members we are able to attract. Currently we have approximately 40 members.
D. Conservative/ Reform collaboration – Bill S and Norm Katz noted that in the wake of the collapse of the Reform movement’s Brotherhood sector, Conservative clubs should reach out to Reform congregations to possibly arrange joint activities. Bill said his overtures to Temple Emanu-El bore no fruit, but he has a meeting with Fred Valfer, incoming president of Congregation Beth Israel’s Men’s Club.
E. Bowling Night, July 31 – Bill S. and Alan Goldenberg said they will be pleased if 24 people sign up for Bowling Night, which would fully engage four lanes with six people each. Trophies will be awarded to the best adult bowler and best youth bowler. If people only want to bowl, and do not want to eat the pizza, etc., they can be charged $12 instead of $25. Bill asked everyone to call their friends and ask them to join our cadre.
F. Baseball Night, Aug. 21 – Bill S. had hoped that another Jewish organization had purchased a bloc of tickets for the Jewish community salute to the Padres, but inquiries to Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Beth Israel indicated they had not purchased a bloc. Bill planned to call Beth Jacob Congregation about whether it has a bloc, the idea being that our members could buy into their blocs rather than committing to a bloc of our own. Tickets include not only the ball game, but also a Padre hat (Hebrew lettering), a kosher hot dog, and a soda.
- High Holy Day ushering—Bill S. and Norman K. urged a block captain be appointed for each service during the three High Holy Days. Norm said he would draft a letter promoting the ushering.H. Steak in the Sukkah – The committee discussed various personnel options for cooking the steaks, laying out other food, and clean up. No decision taken. Those not interested in drinking alcohol at the event should contact Bill S. if other arrangements are required.I. Ask the Rabbi – It was noted that after the holidays, when he has time to breathe again, Rabbi Rosenthal will participate one Sunday morning a month in a free-wheeling Ask the Rabbi session. The Men’s Club will serve the bagels.J. Men’s Club Pamphlet – Don Harrison asked the members what they would like to see in the pamphlet. Bill Sperling would like it to emphasize the camaraderie as exemplified by hospital visits and participating in shiva minyans…. Bill Friedel said it should stress that everyone is eligible to join… Bill Sperling added it should communicate that we have a team approach, and that we work in combination with Sisterhood and Reform congregations; Don said it should include upcoming events, perhaps a summary of other events, and Bob Holloway said it should utilize many photos. It will be a single sheet of paper, three folded, so there will be six leaves.
K. Brick Fund – Bill S. said he would like to see first group of bricks put in place by mid October
L – Shirt sizes and orders: Mediums, Norm Katz, Bob Holloway; large – Bill Friedel, Alan Goldenberg (who might decide on XL); XXL – Don (on assumption it will shrink down to an XL). In additions to ones our members buy, it was suggested that a stock of 3 medium, 3 large, and 3 extra large be purchased and held for other members who may want them
M. Communication – Bill S says we need better coordination between the club and the synagogue office viz a viz the shofar, email blasts, etcetera.
N. Membership – Bill S. complimented Joel Kriger for a letter he sent out to some new synagogue members welcoming them to the shul, and recommending Men’s Club as an activity.
O. Keruv – Phil Snyder said a top expert from the Conservative movement on synagogue outreach to non-Jewish spouses (the keruv program) will be visiting San Diego shortly, and that Rabbi Simon who heads FJMC will be here early next year.
The meeting, which began at 7 p.m., adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Donald H. Harrison