Annual Congregational Meeting



Congregational Meeting Nov. 13 - Board of Directors Candidates & Statements

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Dear TBI Member:

You aren't done voting yet! Please clear some time in your calendar to focus on an election where your vote really, really counts! Also, at our meeting we will be discussing some important issues vital to the future of our Temple and community.

The annual meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 3PM-5PM in the Henry Leventon Social Hall at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock. 5711 Monte Vista Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039.

If you are unable to attend the meeting on Sunday, please request a proxy form. You can designate another member to vote in your stead when you fill out and sign the proxy form to be presented at the meeting. You may also download a proxy form here

- President’s “State of the Temple” report
- Community comment period
- 5777 Board of Directors elections including candidates’ statements
- Committee sign ups

During the congregational meeting, the following individuals will stand for election to the TBI Board of Directors for a term of one year until the congregational meeting in 5778 (mid to late October, 2017). TBI bylaws allow up to 15 Directors, but 15 Directors are not required. Absentee voting is not permitted. Proxy voting is permitted.

The incoming Board of Directors will elect officers at a special meeting for this purpose to be held in December. ALL TBI Members are eligible and are encouraged to serve on committees and to advise the Board.


Susan Stone
Bill Klipstein
Jody Deighton
Sharon Kendal Gordon
Henry Leventon
Raymond Gill
Braja Tarletz
Juli Hara (withdrawn)
Josh Kaufman (added)

Candidate statements, if provided, will be available at the meeting in advance of the election. All approved nominees will have three minutes to make any comments prior to voting.

Voting in this election will be done by paper ballot,
one vote per adult member. Members may cast votes for multiple directors (one vote per director). Directors receiving a simple majority of the votes tendered during the meeting will be elected to the board. Directors not receiving a majority vote will not be given a board position.

Candidate Statements:

Braja RuthAnne Tarletz

I have been a member of Temple Beth Israel (TBI) for the past 6 1/2 years. I found out about TBI from my involvement (as an artist-jeweler, a member of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and a social justice activist) in the NorthEast Los Angeles community when TBI participated in an event called "A Night to Honor Israel" in 2006. I had been going to the Happy Minyan for years, but was looking for a synagogue closer to my home in Pasadena. When I came to TBI, I wondered if I would be able to dance as I had at the Happy Minyan. I should not have worried. I get to dance, I am in a synagogue that in many ways reminds me of the one I grew up in and I love all the wonderful people that are part of the TBI community. During these six and one half years I have been a regular at the Shabbat Morning Minyan. I am on both the D'rash and Gabbai rotations for the Shabbat Morning Minyan. I have volunteered for the past few years for the Pesaj Seder doing the ritual plates for the seder tables and this past year I co-chaired the Pesaj Committee. I helped with the TBI History Exhibit. For the past two years I was part of the Ad Hoc High Holy Days Planning Committee and serving on the Ritual Committee. This year I chaired both committees. I have worked in various capacities putting together Jewish holiday celebrations. I would like to be a part of the solution of the challenges facing TBI by being a member of this year's Board of Directors. I would like the opportunity to bring together in meaningful ways the various groups at TBI. And I want to keep dancing . . .

Josh Kaufman (Mortimer’s dad)

My main goals/positions are:
  1. Balance the budget
  2. Improve the 'lay led' aspects of the shul, especially with regards to Davening and Leyning
  3. Add the perspective of an under-30 parent in LA in order to help attract more families like mine

Bill Klipstein

Dear friends,
When I joined TBI family dues were around $300 per year – I don’t remember how long ago that was. We used to bring food for the Kiddush each week, take the trash home in our car, and spent some enjoyable spare time doing things like fixing the leaky drain pipe in the kitchen. I love our Shabby Shul for its easy access to Torah, both the scrolls themselves and the community, and for the gift I get back in fulfillment for even the slightest energy put in. Now as TBI struggles with what constitutes “Affordable Judaism” I would like to put energy in as a member of the Board, and beyond that I would be happy to serve as our next Treasurer.
I have not served previously on the TBI Board but have over 15 years of relevant experience. I served as Treasurer and later President of the Arcadia Educational Foundation (AEF) in my decade-long tenure as a Trustee. AEF raises money to support Arcadia schools, runs the summer school program, and a scrip program among others things. I served on the Board and ultimately as President of Weizmann Day School in Pasadena, and served for two years on the Board at Temple Sinai of Glendale. I am a scientist in my day job, good with numbers, and I believe there is a path forward for our Temple that is both meaningful and affordable, but times are tight.
On the Board and hopefully as Treasurer I would be committed to producing, maintaining and sharing accurate assessments of our financial position and providing context for decisions the Board and the Community face with respect to the budget. I am committed to meeting the needs of all our communities, from the Saturday minyan to Friday night service crowd, from empty nesters to families with school age children, and to our High Holy Day regulars, but doing it with a commitment to the long-term viability of TBI.
I will be on travel during the congregational meeting, but I hope you will let me serve our community in a role in which I feel I have significant relevant experience and enthusiasm.

Raymond Gill

My name is Raymond Gill. I am a member of TBI over six years and in good standing. I volunteer at the Torah school and all other activities. This year I was a Board member. My duties were on the budget & finance committee. I hope you will consider me as a candidate for this years' Board.

Susan Stone

I have served three years on the Board of Directors, this past year as President. My goals for 5777 are; stabilizing and improving the Temple’s finances, building a strong fund-raising strategy, increasing volunteerism, focusing on member engagement and retention, new member recruitment, increasing relevant programming for our members and wider community both member led and temple sponsored. I believe in transparency in temple governance and involving our whole community in steering the direction of our organization. Together we can build a thriving center for Jewish life in North East Los Angeles.

Please contact Susan Stone if you have questions about the election, need a proxy form or anything else.

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est. 1923

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5711 Monte Vista St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 745-2474


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November 13, 2016 at 3pm - 5pm
Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock
Susan Stone ·

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