The following chaverim were in attendance or on the conference call:
Daniel Alter, Hanan Balk, Shalom Baum, Gedalyah Berger, Binyamin Blau,
Nasanayl Braun, Yisrael Ciner, Mark Dratch, Joel Finkelstein, Dov
Fischer, Arie Folger, Barry Freundel, Shmuel Goldin, Jonathan Gross,
Basil Herring, Shlomo Hochberg, Ariel Konstantyn, Barry Kornblau, Doniel
Kramer, Ira Kronenberg, Chaim Marder, Leonard Matanky, Elazar Muskin,
Ari Perl, Steven Pruzansky, David Rabhan, Mitchell Rocklin, Andrew
Rosenblatt, Benjamin Samuels, Fabian Schonfeld, Yoel Schonfeld,
Yerachmiel Seplowitz, Adam Starr, Eliyahu Teitz, Etan Tokayer, Reuven
Tradburks, Brahm Weinberg, Shlomo Weissman, Howard Wolk, David
Wolkenfeld, and Michoel Zylberman.
At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of
America, held at the RCA office on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, President
Leonard Matanky in the chair, and Reuven Tradburks acting on behalf of
the secretary, the following items were decided:
A motion to accept minutes of the June 30, 2013 Executive Committee
meeting and of the August 15, 2013 special Executive Committee meeting
A motion for Brett Oxman to serve a one-year term until 2014 on the
Executive Committee (replacing Andrew Rosenblatt who resigned his
Executive Committee seat upon being elected to serve as RCA Treasurer)
A motion to approve the membership applications of Eliezer Bercuson,
Michael Bleicher, Aryeh Leib Bolel, Ezra Goldschmiedt, Avi Kilimnick,
Yiroel Perelson, Daniel Rosenfelt (conditional upon receiving no
untoward feedback from RCA membership after announcing his application
in forthcoming Bemaga), and Yehoshua Singer passed unanimously.
A motion to appoint Yona Reiss as the new chairman of the GPS Committee
passed unanimously. Thanks to Barry Freundel for his chairmanship.
The request to begin Vaad Hakavod proceedings against Michael Broyde has
Shmuel Goldin will serve as the head of the Vaad HaKavod pertaining to Marc Schneier.
A motion to appoint Kenneth Auman, Jack Bieler, Asher Brander, Ari Perl to the Semicha Standards Committee passed unanimously.
Additional matters discussed:
Treasurer Andrew Rosenblatt reviewed RCA expenditures so far in 2013 and
presented a projected budget for the remainder of 2013.
Israel Representative Reuven Tradburks reviewed Israel Region
activities, including announcing a conference for chaverim in Israel,
February 24 – 26, 2014.
The 2014 Convention is being planned for June 30 through July 2.
Publications Editor-in-Chief Basil Herring reported that the RCA Siddur is ready for publication upon completion of contractual agreement with Artscroll. Executive Vice-President Mark Dratch reported on: Forthcoming release of an RCA app for iPhone and Android users.
Forthcoming conference calls for selected small groups of chaverim with Hershel Schachter and Gedalia Dov Schwartz
Progress on implementing 2013 RCA Resolutions pertaining to sexual abuse prevention and prenuptial agreements.
Drafting, by Hanan Balk and others, of proposed policy to regulate
members use of their RCA membership or RCA committee membership as
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