Please join us on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Temple’s 171st Annual Meeting when we vote on a proposed agreement with Congregation B’nai Jacob about coming together as one congregation with two traditions.
Congregants also will vote on proposed bylaws changes that expand eligibility for election to the Temple’s Board of Directors to include non-Jewish members of the congregation. Under the proposal, non-Jewish members would be able to serve on the board in any position except President and chair of the Ritual Committee.
In addition to the proposals, we’ll vote on candidates for leadership and the budget for the next fiscal year. President Ellen Tom and the Board of Directors will update the congregation on efforts of the Rabbinic Search Committee and the past year’s activities.
Information about the proposed framework with B’nai Jacob was mailed to members and the focus of two town hall meetings in April. If approved by the members of both congregations, the transition to one congregation would begin over the summer.
The change to our bylaws is recommended by the Temple’s leadership in recognition of the increased number of interfaith families, the valuable contributions made by non-Jewish members, and the desire to be more inclusive. Our current bylaws prohibit non-Jewish members from serving on the board. Membership in our congregation is open to any Jewish adult and any spouse or domestic partner of a member “who wishes to associate with and follow the principles of this congregation,” according to the bylaws.
The annual meeting of our membership will include the presentation of the William Brosler Award to a member whose long-term involvement at the Temple and commitment to the congregation have gone above and beyond. We also will recognize:
- Outgoing Board Members: Betsy Gephart (Vice President Programs), Jamie Berger, Elissa Cohen, and John Stein
- Members of the L’dor Vador Legacy Society for indicating they’ve made a planned gift to the congregation.
Absentee ballots, agendas, and the proposed budget will be available beginning Wednesday, May 29 in the Temple office. To be eligible to vote, members must be current in their financial obligations to the congregation.
GUIDELINES FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Absentee ballots will be available for the Temple’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 12 for use by members in good standing who are unable to attend. To request an absentee ballot and agenda for review, contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245, by email office@TempleCAV.org or during business hours Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Wednesday, May 29.
The Temple budget also will be available for review in the Temple office two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Signed absentee ballots may be submitted to the office in person, by U.S. Mail, by fax, or by email of a pdf copy of the ballot. Members who are not in good standing will be notified no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Contact Treasurer Scott Goldberg with questions.