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Kingston Liberal Synagogue - Annual Report 2017 A review of our 50th anniversary year

Finance Treasurer’s

Finance Treasurer’s report Last year was another tough year financially for KLS with only a very small surplus being made despite only having a Rabbi for part of the year. The last time we had a full complement of staff was in 2015. With the surplus of £18,582 being made in 2016 and a full complement of staff for 2018 we have budgeted to run a deficit of £14,823. This is to be financed from the prior years’ surpluses. Obviously this cannot continue beyond 2018 and therefore Council are looking into various ways of raising our funding levels on a sustainable basis. For 2018 Rabbi René is still on 80% of a full time commitment but assuming that moves onto 100% as soon as possible and our staffing levels stay full then we would need to raise our level of funding by roughly £30,000 per year. One major activity to help raise our level of income is to push harder for new members as subscriptions are the major part of our income. We are also examining other ways of raising funds from the building itself and from various other activities including the 100 club and donations from members. Subscriptions Over many years Brenda Dombey has been the mainstay of our subscriptions administration but she has informed Council that 2018 will be her last year. Council would formally like to thank Brenda for all of her efforts over many years. To help the administration of subscriptions Council have been looking at ways of making the task easier both for Council and for Members. To this end we have introduced a new Direct Debit option to pay for 2018 subscriptions. We hope that members will take advantage of this new option and find it easier each year. Funeral scheme Our funeral scheme covers the basic expenses of a funeral and enables members to be buried at a section of the Long Ditton cemetery, in Rectory Lane, close to the synagogue. Although we have been forced by rising funeral costs to increase the funeral contribution of members’ subscriptions, we consider the scheme compares very favourably with those available commercially. Bookkeeping Council would also like to thanks Karen Nicholas for her great work on our finances and bookkeeping as without her diligence and hard work our lives would all be much more difficult. Fundraising Fundraising for more specific causes is always important and a list of our targeted areas is on the table. Judaica shop The Judaica shop, run by Hilary Cohen, provides a convenient service to members and an additional source of income for KLS. It has a large stock of cards, gift wrap, candles and gifts for all Jewish lifecycle events and festivals, including kippot, tallitot, challah covers, bread boards, matzah holders, chanukiot, children’s toys and games. Items not stocked can be sourced by request. The shop is open whenever the synagogue office is open (except when outside events are being held within the synagogue building) and at other times by arrangement. 24 – KLS Annual Report 2017

Finance Thank you for your generosity, helping to ensure KLS continues to thrive. Fund Uses KLS Funds for providing charitable grants Mavis Robinson Fund Alison Morland Fund Kader-Alfred Memorial Fund Liselotte Hirschfield Fund Pam Fletcher Jones Fund KLS charity fund For children to attend LJ Summer Camp Helping young people of recognised merit Helping young people learn about Israel Helping any person in need For children to attend LJ Spring Camp Charitable grants generally KLS Funds for providing charitable grants and also other purposes Rabbi’s discretionary fund KLS Discretionary Donations Eastern Europe Fund Furthering KLS aims, as the Rabbi may determine Furthering the aims of KLS as Council may determine Developing progressive Judaism in E. Europe KLS Funds for purposes other than charitable grants KLS Development Fund Projects delivering long-term value to KLS Library fund Developing KLS library National Holocaust Memorial Fund Annual HMD educational events Religion School Fund Cheder development projects Synagogue fund Enhancement of the sanctuary Hornfeld Flower Fund Flowers for the synagogue for High Holydays Mosaic Fund Maintenance of and addition to the mosaic Scroll Repair Fund Scroll repairs 100 Club Furthering the aims of KLS as Council may determine 25 – KLS Annual Report 2017

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