Our Chairman

At the EDRS 2014 AGM, the Adoption of the Accounts, traditionally a much debated issue, seemed to pass without a murmur.  The question on everybody's lips was who would be elected as the new Chair.  For the first time in over 50 years this had been contested and the two candidates, both Honorary Officers, both highly respected in the community, campaigned positively with surgeries and manifestos.
The voting was independently audited through MRJ officers and at the end of the meeting, those in attendance were delighted to learn that the new chair of EDRS is Stephen Garfinkel.  Janet Brand will now be Vice Chair.

Jacqui and Stephen Garfinkel joined EDRS in 1987 and Stephen had served in every Trustee position other than Treasurer and Chair, but has learned closely from some of our great past chairs. Many will remember him from the mega-shabbatot celebrations.

Stephen believes that the running of a synagogue must be professional and proper at all times - but at the end of the day, he says, "we are not a business.  We need to serve our members professionally and compassionately through some of their happiest and most challenging of times."

Stephen promises EDRS his heart and soul.

We wish him a strong and successful journey as Chair.  Behatzlacha.


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