Mancom Talk: Treasurer Ian West on our finances

Mancom Talk: From the Committee

Ian West – Treasurer

We are already into the 3rd month of 2015 and the 3rd month of the

shul’s financial year. To those of you who paid your full annual

membership fees early and to those of you who pay by monthly debit

order a very big thank you! You keep the monthly shul finances ticking


Unfortunately the present monthly income is not enough and at the

last AGM I mentioned the fact that we need to give serious attention to

building up our reserves and members of Mancom are already exploring

fund raising activities that we hope everyone will play a part in.

We recently invested in 12 new Tanachim and 60 Memorial Service

prayer booklets. As these items were not budgeted for we are now

looking for members who would like to contribute the amount of R600

per Tanach which will bear the donor’s name on the inside cover. We are

also looking for 6 members to contribute the amount of R150 each

towards the cost of 10 of these booklets. If you would like to help please

contact Ian West at

If you know someone who wants to join and cannot afford the fees

please put him or her in touch with the office and speak to Ilana who will

refer the matter to the Executive Committee rest assured nobody will

be refused membership.

Other ongoing projects include:

Buying and dedicating a copy of the Mishkan T’Filah to a loved one or

event R475

Adding your name to the Tree of Life wall outside the synagogue door


Buying and dedicating a brick – R360

Records show that the best time of the year to collect the current

year’s membership fees is during the 1st quarter and thereafter

collections slow down quite considerably. This has most certainly been

the case up to now and we have managed to build up reserves.

Unfortunately these reserves are being quickly depleted.

So please continue giving as much as you can, whether it’s to one of

the aforementioned projects or the Friday night brochas where we only

ask for a R20 contribution where else can you get a 3 course meal for


I realise that I’m asking a lot from you but I firmly believe we have to

be financially proactive to ensure the future of Beit Emanuel.

Mr. Micawber said it all in Charles Dicken’s David Copperfield:

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds

nineteen shillings and sixpence, result happiness.

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds

nought shillings and sixpence, result misery”

Have a good Shabbat

Ian West


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