Dear Members of Congregation Emanuel and Ahavath Achim Congregation,
Last night the Board of the WJCC held its annual meeting and officers were elected from the directors appointed by the Presidents of both congregations. As a reminder, the Board is composed of an equal number of representatives from each congregation. From those appointed by the congregations, officers are elected internally. For the year 2022:
President: Ryan Bendell
Vice President: David Moses
Treasurer: Keith Pickus
Secretary: Ellen Beren
The Board is excited to have Keith Pickus join us. Keith has experience and knowledge that will be advantageous to the WJCC’s operations. He has already started to participate and has enthusiasm for the mission of the WJCC.
I again want to take this opportunity to thank Dan Solomon once again. Dan was selected to be the first President of the WJCC and to serve one year. He did such an amazing job during that first year, that the board unanimously asked him to serve a second term, which he graciously did. At the critical time of forming the WJCC and moving into the shared campus, Dan’s leadership was instrumental. We would not be where we are today without him.
I hope that everyone had a good time and enjoyed the dedication ceremony. Many in the community worked hard to make the evening a success. I want to thank all those who worked to get the building to the finish line, help with food and entertainment or did one of a million other tasks to make the evening a seamless success. Thank you.
The WJCC has started to close its books for last year. Early indication is that the bottom line is looking very close to the projections made in the initial shared campus proposal distributed to the community. I think we will see that the WJCC Board is working hard to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to them by our community. When 2021 started, I would not have predicted that, before the end of the year, the WJCC would be taking on certain employee responsibilities for both congregations.
Last summer, the congregations proposed creating a shared workforce to improve both congregation’s office operations. This has been a major unexpected undertaking. Because of the success of this idea both congregations have seen benefits and more will come as responsibilities in the office are redistributed.
Please remember that we are separating responsibilities in the office. Denise Bassett is now the bookkeeper for AAC, CE and the WJCC. Her email is Denise@jsbwjcc.org. Questions about dues, invoices and money need to go to her. Hannah See is the Office Administrator. She is your first contact for everything but bookkeeping functions. Hannah’s email is Hannah.See@jsbwjcc.org.
The year of 2021 presented us with many ups and downs as a community. The unexpected loss of congregation members we loved was the most difficult part for me personally. Interestingly, our low brought out what I think of as one of our highs. The way both congregations came together after our community’s losses reminded me that we are one “village.” In the coming year, we will have undoubtedly more successes as well as more challenges. We are a stronger Jewish community on one campus, and our goal is to continue to strengthen our community together.
One question Board members seem to receive frequently concerns the potential donation of personal property. Please note that the WJCC has adopted the policy that any donations of personal property must be presented to the Board for approval. The goal is to keep the physical decor of the campus consistent, appropriate, and uncluttered.
If you would like to provide a specific gift of tangible property, remember that it must first be proposed to, and approved by, the Board. Thank you for your understanding. The Board’s goal is another smooth year.
Please know that the WJCC Board is working tirelessly to help improve our community. If you have questions about the operations of the WJCC, please do not hesitate to contact any Board member.
Happy New Year on behalf of the Board of the WJCC. Our wish is for a healthy year for all.
Ryan J. Bendell