Congregation Har HaShem elected new trustees and officers, and installed the board at its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 16.
Jeff Burak, Jessica Lowrey, and Daisy Saragoussi were elected as trustees for a two-year term, and Ghita Carroll and Gary Margolis were re-elected as trustees for another two years. Gary Solomon and Marianne Balin, Vice Presidents; Jim Edelman, Treasurer; and Bill Gotthelf, Secretary; were elected as officers for the coming year. Dianne Glenn, Melinda Kassen, and Lauren Park will continue to 2020 as trustees. Greg Frost, President; and Ira Greschler; Past President, continue as officers.
“We are honored and excited to have such committed and capable members stepping into these leadership roles. I look forward to serving with them to strengthen the congregation in the coming year. I’m also grateful to those officers and trustees whose terms are ending. I know that Bruce Henderson, finishing a term as secretary, Cathy Shoenfeld, who served as treasurer, and Sara-Jane Cohen and Lori Nichols, ending terms as directors, will continue as active, committed members.”— President Greg Frost
Frost talked about how highlights of the last year – a raucous Purim shpiel, celebratory Passover Seder, Scholar in Residence Danny Matt, and housing partnership with Bridge House – reflect the congregation’s vision:
We are Congregation Har HaShem.
We create meaning in our lives…through Jewish practice.
We celebrate together and lift each other when we have fallen
גמילות חסדים – g’milut chasadim – acts of generosity and kindness
We are inspired to realize our human potential
בצלם אלוהים – b’tzelem Elohim – in the image of the divine
We work to make the world more just
צדק צדק תרדוף – tzedek, tzedek tirdof – justice, justice shall you pursue
Rabbi Greene asked the membership to consider the vision and think toward the future:
When you consider the values of our vision, you see the kind of community we aspire to be. How can we be compelling and relevant in people’s lives? A real community of inclusion will recognize that everyone has a gift to be celebrated. Your presence and your gifts and your insights and your dissent and your love will be celebrated! I want to challenge us to imagine where we are going. We hope you find ways to share your gifts so we can stretch and matter in people’s lives.
The congregation also approved a budget for 2019-20 and a new five-year contract for Rabbi Greene.