AGM Minutes


Minutes of the 37th Annual General Meeting of the Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue held on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 8.00pm




1.               The opening Prayer was provided by Andrew Lewis

 Those present:


Alex Richendoller

Steve Wynne

Colin Burns

Rob Barnett

Frank Godson

Rachel Savage

Reeva Godson

Simon Sugarman

Mitzi Kalinsky

Sylvie Sugarman

Angela Jacobs

Mitch Cohen

Simone Cohen

Rebecca Gershon

Jocelyn Shepherd

Doris Lustig

Jeff Lustig

Lisa Bittles

Ameilia Dorian

Ruth Goldstein

Samantha Lustig


Andrew Lewis


Deirdre Soraff

Jeff Soraff




2.               Apologies for absence and welcome from the Chair of Council


The Chair of Council – Steve Wynne welcomed everyone to the 37th AGM of the Synagogue.

He announced apologies which had been received from Melvin & Tracey Pedro. Susan & Tony Leach, Ida Lewinsohn and Elaine Laurie.

The Chair continued that when he took the Chair at the last AGM he mentioned some of the challenges facing the Council. They remain.

With the Synagogue becoming debt free with the repayment of the mortgage in a few months’ time your Council will now consider Incorporating Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue as a Company as well as a Charity and you all will be kept informed of this through the year.

Our membership continues to show an increase and our Religion School now has 10 pupils as well as a new Head Teacher. Weddings under our auspices continue to see an increase in bookings.

We are represented on a host of Committees and Organisations as you will have read in the Trustees report all of which help both this community and the wider on as well.

The future of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue continues to look bright thanks to our volunteers and our staff. We should all acknowledge this.

At the last Council meeting he thanked both Melvin for his years of service and Angela for stepping into the role of Acting Hon. Sec and he publicly thanked  them again through this meeting. Thanks also go to Ida and Mitzi for their work, We hope to see Ida return to the Council and Mitzi is switching roles with Jeff Lustig due to work commitments.


3.               Minutes of the 36th Annual General Meeting held on 17th November 2016 (these were posted on the website)

The Chair of Council asked for any comments. There were none.



The Chair of Council asked for a Proposer and Seconder for the adoption of the Minutes.


Proposer  Mitzi Kalinsky


Seconder  Reeva Godson


A vote on a show of hands was carried.


4.               Presentation of the Trustees Report.

This Report had been circulated by post to all members prior to the meeting.

The Chair stated thanks go to Frank Godson for all his hard work in preparing this report. It is hoped that a streamlining of the report in the future will be possible.

5.               Adoption of the Trustees Report.


The Chair of Council asked for a Proposer and Seconder for the adoption of the Trustees Report.

 Proposer   Jeff Soraff

 Seconder  Rachel Savage

 A vote on a show of hands was carried.


6.     Presentation of the Accounts for the year 2016/2017.


Call on Colin Burns of Gerald Edelman to speak.

Colin pointed out that the Charity Commissioners require the Accounts to reflect the restricted and unrestricted funds.

i.e. Page 4 shows in the 2 columns specific restricted and unrestricted funds.

There are 3 main areas of expenditure MRJ, JJBS and Salaries.

Page 4 unrestricted column shows a surplus of £16,000 whereas it was £9,000 last year.

Page 5 the Balance Sheet shows that net assets have risen.

Note 7 is the breakdown of overheads.

Note 14 is the list of restricted funds.

This year will be debt free as the mortgage will be paid off

The Chair asked if there were any comments and there were none.


7.               Adoption of the Accounts for the year 2016/2017

The Chair of Council asked for a Proposer and Seconder for the adoption of the Accounts.

Proposer   Frank Godson

Seconder Jeff Lustig

A vote on a show of hands was carried and the Accounts were adopted.

The Chair of Council thanked Colin Burns for his hard work and he then presented him with a gift on behalf of the synagogue.


8.Election of the Examiner for 20172018 in accordance with the Constitution.

The Chair asked Colin Burns if was prepared to continue with these duties for a further year. He replied in the affirmative.


The Chair of Council declared that Gerald Edelman (Colin Burns) was prepared to carry out these duties for a further year and asked for a Proposer and Seconder.

 Proposer   Alex Richendoller

 Seconder  Mitzi Kalinsky

 A vote on a show of hands was carried

 9.               Election of a Council for the year 2017/2018 in accordance with various articles of the Constitution.

 The Chair announced that as there were no dual nominations for any of the Honorary Officer positions therefore those that have agreed to stand are elected.

 The Council for 2017/2018 is therefore as follows:

 Honorary Officers

 Chair of Council                                  Steve Wynne

 Vice Chair of Council                         vacant


Senior Warden                                    Andrew Lewis

Honorary Treasurer                             Mitzi Kalinsky

Assistant Honorary Treasurer             Jeff Lustig

Honorary Secretary                             Angela Jacobs

Chair of Education                              Karen Watch

Other Council Offices

Head of Security                                 Steve Wynne

Chair of House                                    Jocelyn Shepherd

Care Coordinator                                Reeva Godson

Council positions                                 


The Chair explained that there were 7 nominations for the 6 vacant non-specific Council posts and accordingly under Article 11 of the Synagogue constitution there will be an election for these posts.


We require there to be two tellers to count the votes and announce the results, and I propose that Colin Burns and Andrew Lewis be accepted by this meeting to fill this role.

Please complete the voting papers provided by voting for a maximum of 6 members. Only full members are eligible to vote. The papers will be retained by the Hon Secretary after the meeting.

The vote took place and the Chair announced the Non-specific Council positions for 2017/2018:-

Sue Barnett

Joel Ilson

Elaine Laurie

Samantha Lustig

Rachel Savage

Jeff Soraff

He thanked Andrew and Colin for counting the votes.

 10.       To consider any other Special Resolutions (Duly notified prior to the meeting) or any other business.


The Chair announced the forthcoming Mitzvah Day – Intergenerational Tea which will take place this Sunday at 11.00am.


On a point of order Mitch Cohen asked if he could stand as Vice Chair as the position was vacant.  Rachel explained that as the Council now consisted of 14 Trustees after the vote there was no longer a vacant position.  Nominations for all posts closed on 2nd November 2017 and new nominations could not be accepted.


11.       The Chair of Council closed the meeting at 8.25pm and announced that the 1st Council meeting date was Tuesday 5 December 2017.


Signed Steve Wynne…………….Chair of Council



Claudia Potter  was Bat Mitzvah in the synagogue on Saturday 9th June 2018.

She was supported by her mother Katia Di Dominica who is from Italy.

Claudia took much of the service and read from the Torah beautifully.

We were also treated to a translation of the Torah in Italian.


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