Board Ponders Overcrowded Religious School, High Holy Day Services
The March board meeting featured a lengthy agenda with many issues to discuss and resolve.
Leading the list of important issues is the overcrowding of the Religious School, pending the expansion of our building. Among the options being considered are split sessions and the expanded use of George Washington University's Hillel facilities (which we call the Babylon project). Rental of nearby school facilities also is being evaluated. No decision has been made until all costs and other factors are carefully considered.
Another Religious School issue that arose is the concern that some parents are very late in picking up their children when classes end at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This creates problems for temple staff members, who have other responsibilities and often end up having to stay late to watch the students.
The board also received a report from the Capital Campaign Committee, chaired by Celia S. and Larry C., and its subcommittees. Communications, chaired by Tina C., is actively working on a theme and tag line for the campaign, a brochure and case statement and other materials to support the effort.
Donor Recognition, chaired by Roberta G., is developing guidelines compatible with Micah's culture and values. Education, chaired by Bobbie W., will organize in-home get-togethers, not fundraisers, to discuss the expansion plans and the congregation's needs. And Finance, chaired by Bill N., will develop a gift acceptance policy and deal with issues of privacy and record-keeping.
The board voted to continue its financial support of IONA Senior Services, based on the important community work that it does and the involvement of Micah members.
Under review are the recommendations of the High Holy Days Committee. Faced with overcrowding at these critical annual services, the board is evaluating the possibility and the costs of a second service for non-members.
It's that time of year to begin the nominating process for new board members. The Nominating Committee, chaired by Judy H., will be composed of two board members and three non-board members, whose names will be announced soon. The first notice will be sent to members April 5, two months before the Annual Membership meeting June 5.
Two final notes: At Shabbat services on May 28, we will have a special service and kiddush commemorating Teddy Klaus's distinguished 20 years' service as our music director. And the board also wants to thank member Frank A., who has repaired the top handles of one of our Torah scrolls.
Your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.