Members elect a Council of up to 15 members annually
Each year at the Synagogue Annual General Meeting (usually held in November), the members present elect a Council of up to 15 members who take responsibility for a whole variety of roles on behalf of the membership. When there are fewer than 15 candidates there is no election.
The Council then elects its officers, being Chairman/woman, secretary, and treasurer and senior warden. Any member of the community is welcome to attend council to observe. Council meetings are advertised in the synagogue magazine, ‘Kehillah.’.
Co-Chairmen: Patrick Bower and Stella Mason
Other council members and officers are:
- Yvette Ball – Hon Secretary
- Josie Knox – Senior Warden
- Roberto Lampl – Hon Treasurer
- Robert Glaser – Security
- Lucy Hammond – Care Group
- Carra Kane – Education and Events Group
- Andres Kupfer – Fundraising
- Camilla McGill – Members’ Group
- Adam Parker – Young Adults
- David Raz-Rhodes – Adult Education, Israel, Security
- Melvyn Simonson – Premises
Representatives on the Board of Deputies
- Stephanie Brada
- Noemi Zell
We also have an Honorary President, Julian Samuels, and two Vice Presidents, Ruth Magnus and Yvonne Mason who sit on Council and the Executive.
The Council is formed into working groups which are as follows:
|Committee||Chair||Meeting frequency||Role of committee|
|Lucy Hammond||Quarterly||The Care Group will decide who in the community may need extra support and agree and deliver this.|
|Patrick Bower (temporary)
David Raz-Rhodes (temporary)
|One per term||Education includes Cheder, youth education. adult education, and education of the wider community (which includes school visits).|
|Ruth Magnus||6 weekly||To organise programmes and events for all members of the community of an entertaining and interesting nature and to ensure there are funds raised for the benefit of the Synagogue and occasionally any other specifically-named charity.|
|Treasurer||Twice per year||To review Synagogue Finances,
and the budget prepared by the Treasurer and recommend subscription levels.
|Judy Weleminsky||3 times per year||To raise the profile of and engagement with Israel throughout all the activities,
communications and presentation of the synagogue community.
|3 times per year||To hear the voices of the membership and of prospective members|
|Planning for Judaism
|Senior Warden||1-2 monthly||The lead body that looks after the ritual affairs of the Synagogue|
|Adam Parker||Ad hoc||Devise a strategy for community to engage young adults|
The Synagogue office supports the Council and committees with responsibilities which include new members, social functions, youth, pastoral care, member communications and has a direct relationship with the marketing of the synagogue which includes, lettings, PR, website, research and fundraising. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for communications, Ruth Magnus for Events and Camilla McGill and Judith Ish Horowitz for membership.
Responsibility for Operations and Infrastructure which includes premises, the Synagogue built infrastructure, hospitality and security is taken by Melvyn Simonson
Most of these working groups is led by a Council member, but can (and ideally should) involve community members who are both Council and non-Council members. Anyone can take on a portfolio within the working group, take on part responsibility, or an interim role.
The working groups are, of course, subordinate to the elected Council. Council members may be involved in many of the working groups and do not have to lead any of them, but each Council member must be a member of at least one working group unless they have the express agreement of the Council not to be an active working group participant or they have a role/responsibility that falls outside of these working groups (e.g. Council Chairman).
The working groups produce reports to Council that minute each of their meetings whenever they take place and capture the progress on actions and activities.
Copies of all Council meeting minutes (once signed off by Council) and the reports of the working groups are available on application to the Synagogue office.