Alternate Slate Forming
For Beth El Election
JILL DAVIDSON SKLAR STAFF WRITER
PHOTO BY GLENN TRIEST
he dust has not settled at
Temple Beth El.
What began with the
forced sabbatical of Rabbi
Daniel Polish in January has led
to the formation of an alternate
slate to run against the temple
nominating committee's slate.
Although two petition candi-
dates have defeated official can-
didates proposed by the
nominating committee in the
past, this would be the first time
in temple history that a full op-
position slate would run.
The election is scheduled to
take place at the congregation's
annual meeting June 29.
"The fallout of the decision (to
place Rabbi Polish on sabbatical)
has been cataclysmic," said Steven
Mitchell, a member of the Com- Steven Mitchell: Filling a slate.
mittee to Save Temple Beth El.
"This is a great temple with mon, first vice-president;
tremendous people and a tremen- Lawrence Epstein, second vice
dous place in the community," president; Marion Freedman,
H Mr. Mitchell said. "It is the hope treasurer; Alan May, secretary.
of some of the members of Tem- For trustees, Deborah Bernstein-
ple Beth El that we can affect Siegel, Dennis Frank, Lois Geren-
raich, Lucy Gersten, Gerald
some change with this slate."
Applicants for the slate were Levin, Fred Marblestone, San-
solicited in a May 17 letter from ford Passer and Judith Schwartz
the Committee to Save Temple will seek three-year terms while
Jeffrey Lipshaw will seek a one-
So far, more than a dozen peo-
According to temple bylaws, al-
ple have volunteered to serve on
the slate, Mr. Mitchell said. The ternate candidates must receive
'Th alternate slate will be named the signature of 50 members in
from the applicants in early June. good standing and turn the pe-
"We will definitely have a full titions in to the executive direc-
tor 20 days prior to the annual
slate," Mr. Mitchell said.
Temple President John
Mr. Mitchell said the Com-
Kamins, who is running for a sec-
to Save Temple Beth El
ond term as part of the temple's
officially proposed slate, said he was expected to finalize the al-
believed the temple's nominating ternate slate at a May 31 meet-
committee's suggested candidates ing. The list of alternate
candidates will be submitted to
"I don't think there is going to the temple before June 9, he said.
In addition, he said, the com-
be any difficulty in electing the
mittee discovered that an infor-
official slate," he said.
"The feeling I get is that the mational meeting for congregants
congregants as a whole are very held at the temple Jan. 4 was
happy," he said. "The people are tape-recorded by the temple. The
not dwelling on history and are meeting, held in support of Rab-
bi Polish, was attended by ap-
Thirteen positions on the board proximately 400 congregants.
"The taping was done without
are up for election. The five offi-
cers — president, first vice pres- our knowledge and without our
;) ident, second vice president, consent," Mr. Mitchell said.
Mr. Mitchell said he discovered
secretary and treasurer — are
board members were quot-
running for one-year terms. Eight
of the 24 trustee positions also ing from the meeting without
having been present.
are set to expire.
Defending the tape recording,
The temple's nominating com-
Mr. Kamins said it was not un-
mittee, chaired by the immediate usual to record meetings at the
past president and comprised of temple.
three people elected by the con-
"It is our standard procedure
gregants and three others ap- to tape every sermon and every
> pointed by the president, recently important meeting," Mr. Kamins
submitted a list of candidates.
said. "We keep them as a matter
Official candidates include Mr. of record. It is just standard pro-
Kamins, president; Fredrick Si- cedure to tape those events."
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