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"State of the Congregation" Town Hall Meeting

  • Peninsula Temple Beth El 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo, CA, 94403 United States (map)

We are pleased to invite you to PTBE’s "State of the Congregation" Meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.. The "State of the Congregation" meeting will fulfill our bylaws' requirement to hold an Annual Meeting. This year, we will conduct the meeting in Town Hall format, following on the highly successful Town Hall meeting held in March, where more than 100 members heard updates on a range of important topics affecting our community’s future. The Annual Meeting will feature updates from us on the past Temple year, as well as a discussion of PTBE’s finances, another construction update and … we will reveal some exciting news about the High Holy Days. We will also announce our Member of the Year. Thanks to each one of you who volunteered your time and effort to build our PTBE community this past year. Please join us so we can recognize and thank you in person! The meeting will be followed by dessert, and based on your feedback we will conduct the meeting in the Sanctuary this time.

As you can tell, this Town Hall format will be different from prior years’ Annual Meetings, and is intended to make the gathering more engaging, interactive and … fun. We want to note a couple of other changes too. For example, we will be publishing our Annual Report later in the summer, which is when you can look forward to enjoying a refreshed look and feel to how we share the highlights of our Temple’s just completed fiscal year. 

Also, as discussed at the last Town Hall, the Temple’s Strategic Plan calls for a redesign of PTBE’s governance structure and practices, all intended to make governance more effective, transparent and participatory. That redesign work is currently under way, guided by the Governance Task Force co-chaired by Larry Siegel and Sydney Kapchan that includes Bill Freeman, David Greenseid, Jane Herzog, Nadine Levin and the two of us. The Task Force is partnering with Rabbi Lou Feldstein, a national expert on synagogue governance, and has already spent many hours together these past months.

When the Governance Task Force completes its work later this year, we will share its recommendations with you and seek your approval of the same at a Special Meeting of the congregation just after the High Holy Days. Since the proposal would impact Board structure and Board service, the current Board of Trustees voted to postpone the election of new Trustees until after the community receives and votes on the Task Force’s recommendations. That way, prospective and existing Trustees will have a clear understanding of how any approved changes impact them and their commitment to serve. Accordingly, there will be no election of Trustees at the Annual Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 28. So that we can plan for dessert, please RSVP below.

Warmest regards,

Jeff Hyman                                          Rabbi Dennis Eisner

President                                             Senior Rabbi

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