This meeting was short and simple. The committees gave brief reports. No one either disputed the New Board nominees, nor had suggestions for others. Gail Lamkins pointed out that the Executive Committee (EC) for 2022-2023 is made up solely of women, the first time in the history of CBI, she believes. The Officers are as follows: our new President is Cheryl Gewing, 1st Vice President is Gail Lamkins, 2nd Vice President is Micki Baker McGinnis, Recording Secretary is Lois Pierce*, Treasurer is Myra Binstock, and the Financial Secretary is unknown. The Directors are Matthew Finkelstein*, Jennifer Mercado*, Ron Nathan, Wendy Schuplinsky, Ray Wang and me, Dorrin Rosenfeld. Mary Schwartz will remain the Parliamentarian. Those whose names are followed by * are new to the board.
The Religious Education Committee (Micki Baker McGinnis, chair) highlighted the recent activities in the CHAI garden. The students are currently creating a layer of cardboard to discourage weeds. They believe they have enough, but donations are still encouraged. The Religious school is discussing reopening and we have several interested individuals. The Finance Committee (Dan Feinberg and Myra Binstock) also delivered good news. We are over half-way through the year, and we still have a positive balance. That is always welcome news. We are losing our tenants, but we expect to rent our property quickly.
The Programs and Events Committee (Mary Schwartz, chair) reiterated how well our continuing classes are going. Those classes are led by Rabbi White, Rachel Lessem, Bernie Goldberg and Ron Nathan, Cheryl Gewing, Sarah Futterman-Devies; and the book club hosted by Mary Schwartz. The Membership Committee (Gail Lamkins, chair) is slowly garnering 1-2 families a month for a new total of 66 families (28 of whom are paid in full and 57 have paid our Building Fund). We approved 2 new members, both young adults. The Building and Grounds Committee had no report.
The Ritual Committee (Cheryl and Martin Gewing) continues to find people to lead services each week. Friday nights are via zoom only, and Saturday services are both in-person and via zoom. The advantage of coming in person is the old standby, Jewish love – food (challah and wine)! Martin reminded us that this month, Adar, is one of happiness (in which Purim falls – March 16, 2022 with an in-person reading of the Megillah by Rabbi White). He also provided the welcome news that our sound quality, in the sanctuary, is improved. We’ve been working on that for some time, but now it is good, both in-person and on zoom. We can all participate and hear each other.
The Security Committee (Ron Nathan, chair) submitted a report on the current situation of the Covid virus in Solano County. Happily, cases/hospitalizations are decreasing! On February 15, 2022, California lifted regulations regarding masks and social distancing for those who are vaccinated. However, Solano County still has a potential for outbreaks. We are keeping the current CBI requirements for vaccinations, boosters, and masks. The Rabbi mentioned that the Sonovia masks we ordered should be in this week and he will bring them to shul this weekend February 26, 2022. The SonoMasks are considered the best of the best and extra ones were purchased for those who did not order one. He restated our positive position (our security grant was approved), but added bad news in that hate crimes against Jews are increasing everywhere. He also had some greeting tips for those monitoring the grounds when we all meet at the synagogue.
We are awaiting the next CBI Board meeting on March 21, 2022, which will be the last meeting of the current board. We are still looking for a Financial Secretary; volunteer before newly elected President Cheryl Gewing appoints someone.
Next month’s CBI Board Meeting will be on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
CBI President Dorrin Rosenfeld