Beth Shalom Synagogue is proposing to enter into an agreement with Beit Horim for the sale of the vacant Shul owned land on the east side of the Synagogue, (where the Rabbi’s house used to be) and specifically for the construction of “Our Parent’s Home” – a seniors’ residence built by the Beit Horim Society.
Below you will find information about this project.
On November 28th, 2011 there will be a special general meeting for the congregation where more information will be provided, a discussion will be held, and a vote will be held on the project.
If you have any questions or comments on the project, then feel free to leave them here.
Proposed Beth Shalom/ Beit Horim Project
Notice of Motion
As previously notified, Beth Shalom Synagogue is proposing to enter into an agreement with Beit Horim for the sale of the vacant Shul-owned land on the east side of the Synagogue, hereafter called (“the excess land”), and specifically for the construction of “Our Parent’s Home”. To date, significant research and discussion have taken place as to the why the value of the excess land needs to be realized, how best to realize the value, and concurrently enhance the value and usage of Berth Shalom Synagogue.
At a special Board meeting held on Wednesday, October 26th, the Board voted unanimously (albeit, with one abstention) to sell the excess land to the Beit Horim Society for the sale price of $2,500.000.00. However, in accordance to the Bylaws of Edmonton Beth Shalom Congregation, specifically Articles 7.17 and 7.18, before any agreement for the disposition of the excess land can be entered into; approval from the Congregation is required.
7.17 Subject to the provisions of Article 7.18 the Board shall exercise all the powers and have the authority to perform all of the objects of the congregation, and in particular, and without restricting the generality of the foregoing to perform the objects set out in sub-paragraphs (b), (i) and (j) of Paragraph 2 of the Application for Incorporation, namely:
“(b) To acquire lands, by purchase or otherwise, erect or otherwise provide a building or buildings for religious, educational, recreational, social and community purposes;”
“(i) To sell, manage, lease, mortgage, dispose of or otherwise deal with the property of the Society;”
“(j) To borrow or raise or secure the payment of money in such manner as it thinks fit;”
7.18 In the matter of the sale, mortgage, disposal of or other dealing with the real property of the Congregation, the Board shall have the power to act on behalf of the Congregation, provided that with respect to the proposed purchase, sale or mortgage of real property on behalf of the Congregation or with respect to the proposed winding up or dissolution of the Congregation, such a decision shall be made at an Extraordinary General Meeting. Notice to the Congregation of an Extraordinary General Meeting called for one of the above purposes shall contain a reproduction of Articles 7.17 and 7.18 of the Bylaws as well as any specific details relating to the business to be conducted, as are available at the time the Notice is sent.
Therefore, an Extraordinary general meeting of the congregation of Beth Shalom Synagogue is to be held on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Synagogue in the upstairs sanctuary, where the following motion will be presented for consideration and approval by the congregation:
That the Beth Shalom Synagogue sell its excess lands (approx. 16,000 square feet) to the Beit Horim Society for the building of Our Parents’ Home (OP) for the sale price of $2,500,000.00.
The Questions and Answers document provided on pages 3-5 has been prepared to guide your reflection on the above Motion prior to the meeting and your participation in discussions at the November 28th meeting.
Additional background information will be provided at the meeting.
Jeff Rubin, President