Temple Sinai Board of Trustees Meeting 12/04/17

Board Members present:
Larry Jacobson, Gene Rosenthal, Jen Feingold, Michelle Weinraub, Amy Rittenberg, Kathy Zeiger, Frank Urman, Wendy Vean, Vicki Goldman, Karen Kaplan, Bruce Tully, Bob Steine, Sandy Korn, Barb Lettes, Lane Feingold

Staff Member present:
Julia Teitell, Karen Kirk, Rabbi Susan Rheins, Rabbi Rick Rheins, Lorne Maltenfort

Guests present:
Susan Markman, Linda Stein, Susan Crager, Steve Sussman, Jennifer Abrams


Larry Jacobson called the meeting to order at 6:34. Larry noted that a quorum was present. Rabbi Rick Rheins delivered the D’Var Torah.

Linda Stein, Susan Markman and Susan Crager made a presentation to the Board for a project proposal requesting that Temple Sinai sponsor and support involvement in the Hour Community Interfaith Timebank. The Timebank is designed to benefit Colorado based refugees and immigrants, including, in-sanctuary individuals. Volunteers provide services to the refugee and immigrant community and bank hours for their service. In turn, the immigrants and refugees provide services they may have to offer and bank time for their services. The example given of this was that a refugee needs tutoring, so a volunteer of the Timebank provides tutoring. The refugee can, in turn, provide babysitting services. This project would start small with four organizations, including potentially Temple Sinai and twenty volunteers. The board determined that additional review of this organization, how the Timebank works and how the Temple would participate and/or be involved with this organization requires further review. After further review, the board will respond to this request in January.

Larry Jacobson reported that there is a finalist for the Director of ECE position. Jennifer Abrams, a member of the search committee, presented the credentials and the type of individual the committee was looking for. The candidate needed to have ECE credentials and experience in working in Jewish education. They were looking for someone who could help bridge the preschool to the religious school and the Temple as a whole. The resume for Sheila Purdin was presented to the Board. Sheila has extensive experience in Jewish ECE. The committee felt that she understands the importance of the preschool’s connection to the larger Jewish Community. Sheila is currently working with the curriculum that Temple’s preschool uses. The committee felt that she understands the parents’ perspective and needs, as well as the teachers’ perspective and needs. The committee felt that Sheila Purdin was the right candidate to take the preschool to the next level. Sheila is also a board member of the URJ. Karen Kirk, the current interim Director of ECE, expressed her confidence in Sheila as our new Director of ECE and that the state of the preschool is strong. If approved by the Board, Sheila would start somewhere between April 7-15, 2018. Karen will continue to work in the preschool until Sheila starts. Karen also plans to be a substitute teacher, when needed. Karen Kaplan made the motion to hire Sheila Purdin. Kathy Zeiger seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Larry Jacobson introduced Steve Sussman, the co-chair of Temple Sinai’s endowment. Steve and Ray Smith are the co-chairs of the committee. The committee consists of Frank Urman, Wendy Vean, Larry Jacobson and Lorne Maltenfort as ex-officio. The endowment was established at the outset of Temple Sinai 50+ years ago. Several years ago, $150,000 was raised through a matching program with Rose Community Foundation. Due to the fundraising for BOF, raising funds for the endowment was put on hold. The Temple has an opportunity through the Grinspoon Foundation and Rose Community Foundation to apply for a 2-year program which helps organizations establish plans, incentives and best practices for their endowment program. Currently only 8% or 9% of Temple Sinai’s congregants have made a pledge to the endowment. The endowment is important for the future of Temple Sinai and Reformed Judaism. The deadline for the application is 12/8/18. The Temple is prepared to present its application for the program. The Board agreed that the Temple could benefit for the program and that we will submit an application. The sessions for the program begin 1/30/18.

Larry Jacobson presented the minutes from 11/28/18. Jen Feingold made a motion to approve the minutes and Gene Rosenthal seconded the motion to approve the minutes. The minutes were approved as presented.

Frank Urman reported that Karen Pawlak provided the financial information requested by the auditor by the deadline. The auditor requested that the information be presented in another format, and it is being provided. The auditors will complete their fieldwork on December 11th and 12th. The audit committee will meet on 12/21 to review the audit. After the audit meeting the audited financial statements will be provided to the Executive Committee and then to the Board for approval. Previously it was questioned why the choir expense exceeded the budget by $10,000. On the financial statement, choir expense is one line item, but the budget has a number of line items. The expense needs to be allocated to the various line items. The choir expense when allocated properly, does not exceed the budget.

Sandy Korn, the 9 Health Fair Liaison, requested board support at the 9 Healthfair. She also would like to see the Temple celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary on Wednesday, April 18th. Rabbi Rheins added that there will be a celebration which will hopefully incorporate not only Temple Sinai, but other Jewish organizations as well.

Rabbi Rick Rheins requested that the board become a sponsor for the JCRC. This sponsorship helps support their luncheon, Israel Day Parade, as well as, other events they hold during the year. The cost of the sponsorship is $750. Rabbi requested that the Temple pay half and he will pay half from his discretionary fund. Bruce Tully made a motion to sponsor the JCRC by paying for half of the cost, Bob Steine seconded the motion. The motion passed as presented.

Julia Teitell reported that the Youth Group Winter Chavurah will be held January 12-15. She asked the board to agree to host some of the teens coming to Denver for the Chavurah.

Lorne Maltenfort presented the results from Phase II of the Listening Campaign. The information compiled is forward thinking. The board will take some time to digest the information in order to present it to the congregation. The board will determine what actionable items have come from the results. In addition, the strategic planning committee will use the results to incorporate into the plan to be presented to the board in January.

Letters regarding year-end donations for BOF have been sent.

The board meeting was adjourned at 8:55 for Executive Session

Temple Sinai Board of Trustees Meeting 11/28/17

Board Members present:
Frank Urman, Kathy Zeiger, Amy Rittenberg, Michelle Weinraub,
Larry Jacobson, Gene Rosenthal, Jeff Lavenhar, Vicki Goldman, Karen Kaplan,
Wendy Vean, Grace Bach, Sandy Korn, Shirley Beer Powell, Bruce Tully, Lane Feingold, Jen Feingold

Staff Member present:
Rabbi Rick Rheins, Rabbi Susan Rheins, Lorne Maltenfort,
Leslie Isaacs, Lisa Thorner, Julia Teitell, Sheila Nesis

Larry Jacobson called the meeting to order at 5:30. Abe Wagner was introduced to conduct a workshop for the board of trustees. He discussed the importance of getting members involved in processes and decision making. He feels that the more people are involved, the organization will benefit. He spoke about the importance of positive strokes for the culture and relationships of people and organizations. Abe gave various scenarios regarding the dynamic triangle of the protagonist, antagonist and victim. He also discussed auditory, visual and kinesthetic processing and how these types of processing affect communication.
Abe provided a list of confrontation techniques:
          1) the golden rule-how would you like to be treated,
          2) presume people have virtuous motives,
          3) start with a negative and end with an honest positive,
          4) Do’s are better than don’ts,
          5) give a face saving device,
          6) share your apprehension.
The board participated in an exercise in using these confrontation techniques. Abe offered his consulting experience to the Temple at no cost. The board thanked him
for the workshop.

Larry Jacobson called the board meeting to order at 6:35 and it was noted that a quorum was present.

Rabbi Rick Rheins delivered the D’Var Torah

Frank Urman presented the financial statements for 9/30/17. These statements are presented in a ledger format. Frank is working with Karen to prepare the financial statements in the previous format. Frank discussed that Karen needs to learn how to have the system prepare the financial statements, rather than pulling information from one system and putting in into another. This will be done once the audit is complete via additional training. Karen’s work has been prioritized to complete the audit first, the October financials second, and the audit of congregant’s accounts third. See Frank’s board report for the 9/30/17 financial statements and treasurer comments. Frank is monitoring the cash accounts less payables to assess how the Temple is operating. These accounts have remained steady with a balance net of payables in excess of $250K.

Lorne Maltenfort reported that there will be one more listening campaign session to be held this Saturday to discuss young professionals. All of the data from Phase II will be presented at the 12/4 board meeting. Over 170 people have participated in Phase II of the Listening Campaign.

Diana Kaplan is retiring on 12/15. There will be a celebration honoring her.

On Friday, 12/1, a finalist for the ECE positon, Sheila Purdin from Atlanta, Georgia, will be at the Temple. She is on the national board of ECE for the URJ and she is the VP of marketing. The board was encouraged to participate in meetings with her on 12/1 for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There will also be an opportunity to meet her at the Oneg on Friday night. Preschool parents on the search committee are meeting with her at 2:00 on 12/1. Karen Kirk is willing to stay on past November if it is determined that the Temple needs to look for another candidate.

Karen Kaplan commented that she thought the Kesher was beautiful. Others felt it didn’t’ look Jewish enough and that it was too long and the pictures appeared grainy on the computer. Lorne encouraged people to contact Aubry regarding feedback on the Kesher. She is eager to learn. Lorne plans to continue to bring the Kesher up to a more professional level and the Board discussed that this is the initial Kesher and that systems/bugs will continue to be worked out. He is also looking into software to put the Kesher on a digital platform that could include audio of sermons, songs etc. The deadline for the February Kesher is 1/5. All members have been tagged to receive the Kesher, as well as preschool parents and religious school parents. Lorne is able to track how many people have opened the email with the Kesher in it.

Larry Jacobson expressed appreciation for the anonymous donation. The balance of the BOF loan is approximately $720,000. A letter will be sent to congregants requesting donations prior to year-end. 

Larry asked if the board would like to continue to host the 9Health Fair. A board liaison is needed who can attend a meeting once per month. It was agreed that we would like to
continue to host and Sandy Korn agreed to volunteer as the liaison. The 9Health Fair is an important community event. Last year there were 611 participants at Temple. This year the Temple will be the first fair, which may bring in more participants.

Lorne announced that the preschool event to be held 11/30 has been postponed and will be held sometime in February. The event will be planned in conjunction with preschool parents and staff and will be held at the Temple and run by the preschool.

Grace Bach reminded everyone that on 12/15 at 5:30 there will be a Chanukkah Shabbat in which birthdays will be celebrated and a pot luck dinner will be held. The tot Shabbat service will be a separate service from the family service.

Lorne reminded everyone about the holiday party to be held on 12/19 from 6:00-9:00. This is an opportunity for the board, office staff, preschool and religious school staff to all be together.

Bruce Tully will be sending out the sign-up for Shabbat announcements for next year.

Rabbi Zwerin’s 81st birthday is 11/28.

Larry Jacobson announced that he is engaged to be married.

Jeff Lavenhar also announced that he is engaged.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:22 P.M. for Executive Session

Tue, February 20 2018 5 Adar 5778