Yavneh Board of Director’s Meeting
Sunday, October 25, 2015
North Raleigh Business Center
3rd Floor, Gallery Park Building
4030 Wake Forest Rd Raleigh, NC 27609
Rabbi Raachel Jurovics (RJ)
Caro Foulkrod, President (CF)
Stacy Grove (SG)
Peter Gabor (PG)
Janet Isaacs, Secretary (JI)
Margie Sved, VP/ Treasurer (MS)
Carol Gabor (CG)
Stephen Jurovics (SJ)
Helene Stoll (HS)
Jonathan Kodack (JK)
Mary Blocher (MB)
The meeting started at 3:09 pm with confirmation of a quorum and Lewis Copulsky (LC), executive director present. RJ gave the D’var Torah about her participation in the Parliament of the World Religions held in Salt Lake City, Utah. She tied this experience to the goals of Yavneh Center for Deep Ecumenism. SG also attended this Parliament and gave her observations. Then board members reviewed the board minutes from the September 20th 2015 meeting and suggested edits. PG moved and SJ seconded a motion for their approval as edited, which was unanimously passed.
CF then gave the President’s report, reviewing Yom Kippur and Sukkot holiday activities and committee work since the last board meeting. All were reminded that March 27, 2016 Yavneh members will help St. Marks members with food for Easter, following up on the donation of food hosting time for our 2015 Yom Kippur Break the Fast. JK was asked to chair a committee for the 2016 Sukkot plans recruiting other Yavneh members. MS reported about program committee progress, which had three resignations before the last meeting. Further discussion about a Jewish Cultural event for the 2016-17 year will be considered. The book club JI is leading starting January 2016 was briefly discussed, as it will be announced in November to give those who are interested time to purchase the book The December Project.
Next RJ gave the Rabbi’s report, reviewing plans for the October 31, 2015 Death Café lead by SG. She reported that the November Scholar in Residence Program, “Among the Waters” was receiving less RSVP responses than hoped. How the program was designed with various collaborators and how to appeal to the community was discussed, as this is the first educational program of the Center for Deep Ecumenism. Members and supporters may not have sufficient understanding of the concept to generate interest. An educational approach to prepare for the program was being considered, with a postponement until spring, 2016 for the planned weekend activities. A decision was to be made by RJ and other collaborators by the end of the month.
Next LC reviewed the most recent financial summaries which had been sent to board members prior to this meeting. MS said no treasurer issues were raised by these summaries. It was already clear at month 3 of the 2015-2016 fiscal year that the goal of eliminating a spring fund-raiser was not being met so far. LC had no other issues to discuss in his executive director non-financial report.
All were reminded about the upcoming events: November 14, 2015 Sabbath services include a Bat Mitzvah. SJ reported about the New Hope Alliance pending changes about holiday gifts for children and for knitted scarves, which will be clarified by later emails. At 4:45 pm JI moved and PG seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting; all agreed.
The next meeting is November 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm. (note earlier time). The December meeting is set for December 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm.
Minutes prepared November 11, 2015 by Janet S Isaacs; approved as edited at the November 15, 2015 board meeting.