We have a full time rabbi. Wow! It’s a great feeling. The majority of our congregation celebrated Rabbi’s installation at a wonderful ceremony and reception. On behalf of the board, I want to thank the many sponsors who funded the event and Ilene Herr for being the force behind it. She and her small committee worked tirelessly to make it happen.
Even though the reception was top notch, not a penny from our general fund paid for it. We funded the entire event with your generous sponsorships, which I interpret as further evidence of your excitement about our future.
This past Sunday, the leadership of TBS held the mid-year congregation meeting, an opportunity to update the membership on our financial status for the current budget year and other important matters. Again, thanks to your support, our fiscal house is in very good shape; timely payment of membership dues and generous donations have helped us stay ahead of our projections. Your continued support for the remainder of 2017/18 is crucial. You’ll be hearing soon about the plans for the
annual Toast & Taste, our biggest fundraiser of the year.
We spent a considerable portion of the congregation meeting discussing the status of hurricane repairs. Our insured loss was $170k. We’ve received just under $100k. The insurer will cover up to another $50k, if necessary. (The remaining $20k is our
deductible.) House chairman Aaron Starkey has spent weeks calling contractors for estimates on roof replacement. There remains a months-long backlog of roofing work around Brevard, so it’s been a struggle to get anyone to evaluate our roof. Just last week, we received our first estimate, and we are hoping to get at least one more. After the roof is replaced, we will tackle siding and other repairs.
One of my responsibilities as president is forming the nominating committee, which will develop the slate of officers and directors for the next fiscal year. I strongly encourage you to consider serving on the board or as a member of one of the
committees. It’s often the same people who serve year after year. We can always benefit from new ideas and fresh perspective.