Minutes of 2020 Annual Meeting
MARTHA’S VINEYARD HEBREW CENTER ANNUAL MEETING JULY 12TH, 2020
Meeting called to order at 9:33 a.m., President Rob Herman, with a virtual brunch of lox and bagels.
A quorum was present via Zoom.
Mission statement reviewed. Welcome given by Rob.
D’Var presented by Rabbi Broitman. The Torah portion on Saturday “The Source of breath of all flesh. We will praise and we will thank for the breath”
“Circle Song” sung by Olivia Hull. Special thanks were given to Olivia for all her assistance with Zoom, particularly during services.
Minutes of the meeting of July 14th, 2020 were approved with a vote of 37 to 0.
Rabbi’s Report: The Purim spiel was presented in early March, and it was the last time we met together in person. It was a great program, and can be viewed through the MVHC website. The MVHC was the first congregation on the Island to close for public gatherings. It was an excellent year of activities. The transition to Zoom was difficult, but it was accomplished. The High Holiday services will be on Zoom this year. It is expected that Joel Sykes will be involved with the music, and there is a great team working together to make the Holidays spiritual and meaningful for everyone. There have been challenges. We need each other now more than ever. But we are determined to get through this together with a focus on kindness and love.
President’s Report: It is a tale of two synagogues – Before Corona and After Corona. Our homes have become our Sanctuaries. Online teaching and so on and so forth. Everyone has worked together as a team. Financially we are keeping above water. A letter of appreciation was read from Joanne Breuer. Security and facility improvements are ongoing. Without our Rabbi the MVHC would not be the MVHC. It is as strong and vibrant as it has ever been!
Treasurer’s Report: A huge thank you to Sid Franks for his twelve years of service as Treasurer. The usual question he would be asked was “Is everything okay Sid?” It was difficult to put together the 2021 Budget. Expenses are down and revenues will probably be down too. However, the Center is in good financial shape. Trying to be realistic going forward. There is an excess of $350,000.00 overall, with the bulk of the money being in the Martha’s Vineyard Bank. A suggestion was made to invest in socially conscious funds, which it is. No jobs were eliminated, and no salaries were cut. Vote was taken to accept the budget. Vote passed with an 85% majority.
Fundraising and Development and Dues Report: Sally Cohn reports that she has a good product that she is trying to sell, so it makes her job easier. There was a question regarding the pie chart presented and an explanation was given. (All reports were sent out to the membership prior to the meeting.)
School Report: Lori Sue Herman had a big thank you for Marsha Shufrin, who is retiring. Thanks to everyone else who worked with the school, including Amy Crawford for chairing the Education Committee.
Security Report: Elliot Kronstein reports that the Hebrew Center received a grant of $19,000.00 from the Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program to be used to upgrade the security of the building. Cameras to be installed inside and out, the entry system is to be upgraded, and distress buttons are to be installed. No police details have been necessary since the closure of the building. Financially the security account is in good shape.
Racial Justice Committee: Joyce Robinson-Lynch gave the report. There are signs outside the building which state that “Black Lives Matter” A reading group has been formed and will be discussing “How to be an Anti-Racist.” There will be large and small activities ongoing. The MV Diversity Coalition has been formed and can be reached at mvdiversitycoalition.org.
Membership Report: Susan Bromberg reports that there are currently 320 members of the MVHC, which is down two from last year. There is a plan to deliver a Shabbat gift bag of challah, grape juice (in lieu of wine) and candles to all family and individual members of the MVHC this summer.
Summer Institute Report: Bruce Eckman gave his thanks to Sid for all his years of working with the Institute. The year 2019 was a banner year. This year, 2020, has been more difficult, going all virtual. There will be three films presented which will be free to all members of the Center via Vimeo. There will be six speakers, who will be appearing via Zoom. Financially it has been a good year for the Institute.
Nominating Committee: The slate of officers and new trustees was presented by the Chair, Tami Hersh.
Rob Herman to continue as President. Sharon Kleinberg and Elliot Kronstein as Second Vice-Presidents, Alex Salop as Treasurer, Gayle D. Stiller as Secretary. New Trustees are Giulia Fleishman, BeeBee Horowitz, and Joyce Silberling.
There are no vacancies on the Board this year. Vote was taken and the Slate was approved by 100%.
Question and Answer time, brief discussions held. Good and welfare was expressed by Rob for everyone.
Meeting Adjourned at 11:15 a.m.
The next Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 11th, 2021. Next year in the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center hopefully.
Gayle D. Stiller