The Financial Four -- May 31, 2016

Today, the latest edition of The Financial Four, an update from our volunteer Acting Director of Finance, Missy Sue Mastel.

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Donation_CBSYellowDear Fellow Congregants,

I don’t want to steal any thunder from this Sunday's Annual Meeting (June 5, 10 a.m., in Koret Hall), but there is plenty of financial news to share with you and not enough time to get through it all on Sunday morning (no matter how much coffee we brew)! With that in mind, I'd like to provide readers with a few highlights from the last two weeks.

1. Our very own Incredibles. Many people said we shouldn’t raise dues, but I'm humbled to say that in addition to quite a few families committing to higher-than-expected giving levels (and paying in full already!), we have our first family supporting CBS as Rosh Pina (Cornerstone) level Parnas members, an incredibly generous $36,000/year commitment! Like Dale Carnegie says, you can’t get what you don’t ask for. Lesson learned!

2. Our tiniest, freshest members are coming in droves. Although the current school year isn’t yet at a close, we have more than 60 of 71 possible slots filled for next year’s CBS Family Preschool. To say that we signed up 3 families last week and have 3 more tours scheduled for this week is a good indicator of just how well we are serving our community’s need for cost-effective, Jewish preschool. Someone should make honey cookies for the preschoolers -- surely their learning life is off to a sweet start!

3. Making our money count. Now that we have a better handle on our shul finances, our next step is to make them effective. New insurance quotes may result in $18,000 of savings, and we have already reduced facilities costs by more than $2,000/month through better maintenance and employee scheduling.

4. Who doesn’t love a good Kiddush? May marked our first month of financial profit in the kitchen. Maybe it was the brisket, but people have really stepped up to sponsor food and drink (I think I see hard liquor at our buffet tables, no?). The generosity involved in these sponsorships, for b’nai mitzvot and any other reason you can think of, is a gorgeous tribute to all the things we stand for in Conservative Judaism -- feeding the homeless, gathering as a community, and making the profane (like the aforementioned alcohol) sacred.

Keep your eyes peeled in upcoming HaLuach newsletters for more updates. I look forward to keeping you informed and answering any questions you may have.