Firstly, we are very pleased to welcome a new Friend of the Synagogue, Ian Douglas of Ipswich. We do hope he enjoys his membership.I am really pleased to have some new contributions this month from members, Joel Drouet and Paul Stein and Marian’s long and interesting article too. Apart from putting it together, this makes it easier for me. We missed Daniel’s contribution this month, but will look forward to his Rosh Hashanah article next time. More contributions will be welcomed, perhaps some building of Jewish interest visited on holiday, why not have a go?
The Synagogue AGM on 7 May was attended by 20 members who received the various reports from the President and Treasurer, Chevra Kadisha etc. and news of the progress of the fundraising for our new development. This was making good progress with nearly three-quarters of the money al-ready raised or promised. Sandy Bennett and Michele Paton had resigned from the committee and they were thanked for their contributions. Melissa Korn and Simon Joseph were welcomed as new committee members.
The AGM of the Norwich Israel & Social Society was held at the end of the Synagogue AGM. A profit of £2,709 had been made during the year 2016-17. It was agreed to contribute £2,200 to the Synagogue’s Refurbishment Project appeal this year instead of dividing it be-tween the Synagogue and Israeli charities. £500 is to be left in the account. However, it was then agreed that because there had been difficulties over the last few years to find a permanent Chairman, that the Society would be closed down. Personally I was very sorry about this, as the Society has been in existence about 70 years and had raised a lot of money in that time for Israeli charitie and the Synagogue. However, there would instead be a Social and Fund Raising Committee which would be organised as a sub-committee of the main committee. Fund Raising for Israel could be chosen for some events. Poppy Simons agreed to lead this initially. The next event will be the Garden Party which will be held in the Synagogue garden on Sunday September 10th.