Some would say that the annual meeting of our congregation should take place on Yom Kippur. After all, on what other day do we have more members in shul? However, since the primary purpose of the meeting is to conduct the business of the synagogue, no one has made a convincing claim that this is consistent with the spirit of Yom Kippur.
Our annual meeting serves a very practical and necessary purpose. Officers and committee chairs are elected. A budget for the coming fiscal year is discussed and hopefully approved. This is all perfunctory - which is far preferable to some annual meetings in the past that were highly contentious and threatened the well-being of the congregation.
So why come to this Sunday morning’s annual meeting? Here are my top 10 reasons:
It’s a lot cheaper than attending the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway.
The brunch beforehand is tastier than what you’re fixing at home.
Before the meeting, you can kibitz with your friends about the Warriors chances to win Game 2.
The opening prayer is guaranteed to be shorter than a High Holy Day sermon.
No political ads for the June 5 election will be allowed.
It’s an opportunity to appreciate the volunteers who have given their time, energy, and devotion to TBT.
You gain a much better understanding of the financial condition of TBT.
You get to meet our new Director of Congregational Learning.
You can experience the satisfaction of knowing that the leadership of our congregation is in very good hands.
Most important of all, you become a participant in the democratic proceedings of our community. In doing so, you invigorate our congregation, uplift morale, and sustain our synagogue’s unity.