You are cordially invited to attend the 179th Annual Meeting of the Congregation to be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM. The agenda will include welcoming our new clergy members, the election of the Trustees, and the approval of the 2021-2022 CRS Budget.
Peter Ehrenberg – President (1 year for 2nd term)*
Judy Gallent – Assistant Treasurer (1 year for 5th term)*
Stacy Kanter – Treasurer (1 year for 6th term)*
Andrea Kretchmer – Vice President (1 year for 9th term)*
Cara Lown – Vice President (1 year for 2nd term)**
David Markus – Vice President (1 year for 10th term)*
Denise Sobel – Vice President (1 year for 4th term)***
Martin Flumenbaum – Co-Chair of the CRS Board of Trustees (1 year for 4th term)****
Rob Steinman – Co-Chair of the CRS Board of Trustees (1 year for 2nd term)****
* Continues as a Trustee during her/his newly elected one year term as an officer.
** Also elected as a Trustee for 3 years for her 2nd term
*** Also elected as a Trustee for 3 years for her 3rd term
**** Trustee for life as a Past President
Jason grew up at CRS, becoming a member when his family joined the synagogue when he was six. He has participated in CRUsTY, our Israel exchange programs, and taught in our after-school programs. Jason became a founding member of Tribe, our initiative for millennials, and was a Tribe board member for 5 years.
Joli has been involved with a myriad of CRS activities and initiatives. She has served on the membership committee and communications committee, and helped shape the process for our first CRS website facelift in 2008.
Robin Kranich has actively participated in committees, small advisory groups, and projects at CRS. She was a co-chair of the 175th anniversary celebration and is a key member of the small taskforce that is helping Rabbi Spratt transition into his role as Senior Rabbi.
Ben Spratt serves as the Senior Associate Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan and the Rabbi in Residence of Rodeph Sholom School. He will become Senior Rabbi of CRS in July 2021.
Deborah Goldberg joins us from Congregation Beth Tikvah in Columbus, Ohio, where she serves as rabbinic intern. Her year-long capstone project was a curriculum entitled, “Exploring Emotions in the Bible: A Curriculum for Jewish Teenagers” and she was honored with the Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Memorial Prize for best sermon delivered during the academic year. She will be ordained in May.
Stefano Iacono has served as the Student Cantor of Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, NY for the past four years. As a composer, Stefano has set Hebrew texts to music in hopes of celebrating the diversity of Jewish expression in worship and ritual by drawing upon various genres and traditions.
The overall revenue for CRS (including the Synagogue as submitted by the Synagogue Budget Committee and approved by the Synagogue Board of Trustees; and the Rodeph Sholom School as submitted by the Rodeph Sholom School Finance Committee and approved by the Rodeph Sholom School Board of Directors) for the coming year amounts to $32,588,437. Projected expenses are $32,384,707, which includes a contingency of $708,197. This results in a surplus of $203,730, all of which is earmarked for Capital Expenditures.