2010 AGM

Kehillat Kernow 2010 Annual General Meeting

Held on 28th November 2010 at Acton Vean Rosudgeon

Present:

Leslie Lipert, Pat Lipert, Harvey Kurzfield, Rachel Brown (Secretary), Adam Feldman, Jacquie Rickett, Louise Garcia, Bonnie Rockley, Anne Hearle, Brian Nathans, Bernadine Nathans, Antony Fagin.

Apologies:

Iain Brown, Melanie Feldman, Tony Patnick.

Minutes Actions
  1. Minutes of the last AGM read by Harvey
  1. Matters arising
    1. We have not joined the board of deputies
    2. Jonathan Poznansky has resigned from the committee
  1. Committee Reports (Summary)
    1. Chairman’s report (Harvey Kurzfield)

The move from TBC to 3Bridges has been successful. 3 Bridges is some way from Truro, parking is much better. Shabbat attendances and cheder attendances appear to have reduced since the move. Due to reduced attendance at Pesach, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as well as the national trust increased pricing; it has become untenable for KK to hold those services there. We will continue to use Trelissick for the Passover seder.

Ron Mason passed away. Brenda Mason remains in a Care Home in St Just following a stroke. Vera Collins is quite ill. Farewell to Wendy and Jerry Jeavons who have moved to Bristol.

Relationships with the Reform movement are very good with David Jacobs and Elkan Levy.

Harvey was absent from the community from Feb-May. He extended thanks to the congregation for the support. As a result, more people have agreed to lead Shabbat services.

Harvey extended thanks to the committee members for their support.

    1. Vice Chairs report (Bonnie Rockley)

Cheder is down in numbers. 5 children attended regularly. We have been awarded £500 finances from the Reform movement. Each child is having bespoke lessons covering holidays, torah portion, Hebrew letters, stories. Two parents have approached Bonnie about Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Bonnie to make private arrangements and teach them on a Sunday in her home. Bonnie is going to make a library list of the cheder books. Bonnie is to set course work for the summer break.

    1. Secretary report (Rachel Brown)

The secretary’s email address has changed to browniesrusatbtinternedotcom

    1. Treasurers report (Leslie Lipert)

A full copy will be held on file
Total amount in both accounts at moment £43,813.34
Kiddush cups are selling well with all 20 being sold. Candle sticks will be available shortly.

    1. Library (Pat Lipert)

The collection is growing well throughout the year. We now have 776 volumes (plus 23 of the Zohar). The collection represents a wide range of information. It is included as part of the Leo Beck library. The complete collection is listed on the website. There is also a printed copy available to borrow.

Mandy and Keith Pearce have kindly donated their collection of Holocaust books.

Newsletters and Manna available. Please return borrowed books.

We now have a new printer for the newsletter. All congregants welcome to contribute to the newsletter.

    1. Communications (Jacquie Rickett)

May 22, 2010 Andrea Zanardo led the service as a visiting Rabbi

July 2-4, 2010 Mr and Mrs David Jacobs joined us for Friday night dinner at Gloria’s house and he led the service on the Shabbat followed by a Limmud session on the Sunday morning

David Yehuda Stern who works in Elkan’s office has offered to come down to lead a service and explain how a new online learning service works.

Forthcoming events- Sing a long Fiddler on the Roof 23rd January 3-6 Falmouth Phoenix Cinema. There is good disabled access. Tickets are £6/person and £5 concessions. Tickets can be reserved but only handed out when paid for.

Louise and Pat are running a ‘lets be Jewish course’ with five sessions starting on 16 January.

Jacquie to enquire.

  1. Amendments to the constitution

Amendments to the constitution proposed by the committee

  1. Children under the age of twenty – one and spouses of members shall be entitled to attend all religious services held by Kehillat Kernow and to such other rights as may be determined by the Council from time to time. On becoming twenty – one children will be notified that they must become members in their own right.

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7 Children under the age of twenty – five and spouses of members shall be entitled to attend all religious services held by Kehillat Kernow and to such other rights as may be determined by the Council from time to time. On becoming twenty – five children will be notified that they must become members in their own right.

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  1. The Council may authorise the treasurer to make payments up to a minimum of £250 or 10% of the previous years income without the prior approval of a General Meeting of members. Any amounts above this must be subject of a simple majority vote of a General Meeting.
  1. Apart from approved regular ongoing expenses, the Treasurer shall not make any payment in excess of £100 (or such sum up to that in the previous paragraph as the Council may decide from time to time) without the prior approval of the Council
  1. Apart The members in General Meeting may authorise the Council on behalf of Kehillat Kernow to borrow money for any purpose within the objects of the group provided that the amount for the time being remaining undischarged of moneys borrowed raised or secured shall not at any time exceed the sum of £2,000.

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  1. The treasurer may issue cheques for payments for any one transaction in the normal course of the running of the organisation up to a maximum amount of £1,000 or such other amount that the council may approve of from time to time up to a maximum of 3.5% of the Net Assets as shown on the latest annual accounts.
  2. The Council may decide from time to time authorise the treasurer to make payments for an individual transaction of up to a maximum of 12.5% of the Net Assets as shown on the latest annual accounts provided that the transaction has been approved by at least 66% of the council members attending the meeting of the council at which it is approved. Any amounts exceeding 12.5% of the Net Assets as shown on the latest annual accounts must be subject of a simple majority vote of a General Meeting.
  3. The Council may not borrow money for any purpose without authorisation of a General Meeting. Such authorisation to be subject of a simple majority vote of a General Meeting
    1. Point 7 David was concerned that 25 year olds must become members. Rachel clarified that this is raising the age from the current 21. All agreed to the change.
    2. Points 39-31 all agreed.
  1. All current committee members reinstated for next year
  1. What do you want from your Jewish Community in terms of services and social functions
    1. A discussion ensued about the number of social events. Antony suggested an email about the 5 people taking services. Jacquie agreed to send out an email on the Wednesday prior to a service to remind people. The discussion continued on about different forms of services i.e. in congregant’s houses, Friday night etc. Rachel expressed concern that this may dilute the Shabbats attendance even further. Brian commented that all Reform congregations are dwindling. He enquired about our advertising as he noted that we were not on the BBC website. We also agreed to link our website with others such as the Reform. Discussion continued about increasing social events and learning particularly around the holidays.

Harvey to enquire about BBC
Bonnie to enquire about website links

  1. A.O.B.

Next AGM 27 November 2011 Acton Vean Rosedugeon

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