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ANNUAl REPORT REPORT TO MEMBERSHIP Dear Members, This has been an exciting year for the JCCT and the Jewish community, as both played a major role in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. For example, the Center hosted a "kick-off" Israel at 50 event on the first night of Chanukah, which drew approximately 400 people. The program included the lighting of a giant menorah, entertainment, holiday foods, games and crafts. "A Walk Through Jerusalem," an interactive exhibit to tour the "City of Gold," attracted many school groups and families. Scores of docents and volunteers helped to make the exhibit a great success. This year's Academy Award winning documentary, "The Long Way Home," had its Virginia premiere at the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia in May. A special appearance by Dr. Ruth Gruber, who appeared in the film and covered the voyage of "Exodus 1947" as a journalist, rounded out this educational and dramatic program, which was held in conjunction with CACV's exhibit, "From Remembrance to Renewal." A concert featuring Noa, Israel's foremost "pop" singing star, was co-produced by the Center and the Virginia International Waterfront Festival. Held at the Harrison Opera House, the audience was witness to a rare and exciting talent who is gaining an international reputation. Although the Israel Independence Day celebration at Town Point Park was not the culminating event of Israel at 50, it certainly was the largest and best attended event of the entire year. Israeli folk singer Ron Eliran, Oy Vey Klezmer, the ODU Dance Troupe and the Hebrew Academy Children's Choir entertained the thousands in attendance. Israeli food, a "shuk," and children's rides and activities rounded off a spirited and fun-filled afternoon. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the incredible contributions of a talented and dedicated Center staff. Their efforts and hard work helped make all of these wonderful programs successful. We FINANCIAL REVIEW also appreciate the financial support provided by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the United Way of South Hampton Roads for operational and special project funding. New this year was the initiation of the JCCT'S relationship with Sentara Life Care with the establishment of the Senior WellCare Center. The rental of the former Gymstrada facility and numerous capital improvements provide new sources of revenue for the Center. Opportunities for collaborative programs targeting our older adult members are also being explored. An additional collaboration was undertaken with Jewish Family Service, resulting in a joint fund raiser, "Forbidden Broadway." This marked the second time in the Jewish community that two agencies joined resources to raise needed revenue to support services. A major thrust was undertaken by our Board to seek corporate support for our many programs and activities. Thanks to the efforts of Gene Ross and his corporate sponsorship committee, Norfolk Southern, Central Fidelity National Bank and BB&T helped support our Cultural Arts programs. As the need for the provision of JCCT services in Virginia Beach continues, the Board of Directors devoted much time and effort to developing a plan and initiating Beach services. The Board approved a transitional plan, which calls for expansion of services and facilities to the Beach, and the redesign and continuation of services to meet the changing demographics of the area's Jewish community. All in all, 1997-98 has been a good year which has produced outstanding programmatic achievements, significant physical and capital improvements, a growing membership and innovative and beneficial agency relationships. We look forward to next year and wish the new slate of officers and directors the very best! Sincerely, onny Sarfan President /arty Trachtenberg Executive Vice President Total Income - $2,328,275 Total Expenditures - $2,339,779 Government Grants - 4% $97,746 Sales - 1% I I iFundraising" 8%1 ! $124,970 i Dues- 20% $468, 135 Federated Giving UJF & UW. 19% $446, 069 Program Supplies - 24% $567, 483 Staff Cost - 59% $1,388,903 Occupancy - 14% $322, 234 I Printing & Postage - 3% $61,159