The Temple will hold its 172nd annual congregational meeting virtually on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing. Members who do not have internet access will be able to participate by phone.
In these unprecedented times and as the Rifkin Campus remains closed, the board decided to switch to a virtual gathering out of concern for the health of our members.
Information will be sent to members in late May with details and materials, including an absentee ballot to vote on candidates for leadership and the budget for the coming fiscal year. For security reasons, a link will be sent directly to members to access the online meeting.
Voting will be conducted by absentee ballot, which is permitted by congregational Bylaws. Members in good standing are eligible to vote.
President Ellen Tom, the Board of Directors, and Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig will update the congregation on the past year’s activities, including the transition to one congregation with two traditions and renovations to the building. We’ll provide information about re-opening plans for the Rifkin Campus and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for Achduth Vesholom.
In addition, we’ll have an opportunity to thank Rabbi Winnig for her dedication to our congregation during the past year as our Interim Rabbi and share information about the arrival of Rabbi Meir Bargeron as our new spiritual leader in July.
The William Brosler Award will be presented 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 Jessica Ash, Talia Bugel and Steve Zacher for their service.
- Members of the L’dor Vador Legacy Society for indicating they’ve made a planned gift to the congregation.
Signed absentee ballots may be submitted by U.S. Mail, by fax, or by emailing of a PDF copy of the ballot by Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m.
Members in good standing are eligible to vote
Members who would like to vote at the Temple’s Annual Meeting or at special Congregational Meetings must be current in their financial obligations to the congregation, according to our bylaws. The VP Finance determines whether a member is considered in good standing.
The board policy outlining guidelines for determining members in good standing states that members must be current through the last complete billing quarter or have made arrangements with the treasurer to honor their financial commitment to the Temple. Religious School and other life-cycle event fees must be paid in full or a payment plan must be in place as agreed to by the treasurer. All past obligations also must be paid in full, have a payment plan approved by the treasurer, or have other arrangements made with the treasurer.
The VP Finance will notify congregants who are not in good standing by mail no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The VP Finance will present a list of members in good standing to the president and the secretary of the congregation seven days before the annual meeting. The VP Finance shall complete any last minute changes and the list shall be verified by the treasurer at the opening of the annual meeting.