Presidential Transition Underway at Tikvat Israel.........posted Apr 22, 2012
Larry Gorban has notified the Tikvat Israel Board of Directors that he intends to step down from the synagogue's presidency effective July 1.
He will be succeeded on an interim basis by co-presidents, Rodney Matheson and Jonathan Solomon, who must be approved during a special congregation meeting this spring under the synagogue bylaws.
Gorban assumed the TI presidency in 2009 when Sam Freedenberg, who was in the middle of his term as president, was appointed TI's executive director. Gorban agreed to remain in office until planning was in place for the selection of an interim rabbi and the beginning of the search for a permanent rabbi.
"With these two tasks well in hand, I feel this would be a natural departure point for me," he said in his column for the May/June issue of the Tikvat Israel Bulletin.
Gorban previously served in 1994-96 as one of the last presidents of Temple Israel before the Silver Spring shul merged in 1997 with Beth Tikva to form what is now Tikvat Israel Congregation. He has been a member of the TI board since its founding.
Solomon and Matheson, who have been vice presidents of the board, will serve as co-presidents (assuming they are approved by congregants) until the end of this two-year term, December 2012, when the next congregational election will take place.