FRS’s vibrancy relies on the enthusiasm and creativity of its members who bring their specific skills and expertise when they join committees to shape and support the vision of the community.
Overall management of the synagogue is conducted by the FRS Council as its Board of Directors. We recently became a company limited by guarantee which provides additional safeguarding of the community’s assets. Positions on the Board are elected annually at the AGM, generally held in March.
Council currently includes:
Mike Salida (Chair)
I lived in Finchley until Ingrid and I married in 1973; we now live in Potters Bar. Ingrid and I joined FRS in 1974, since when the synagogue has been our spiritual and cultural home, and that of our children, Anouska (one of the Kindergarten’s first pupils) and Drew (formerly Andrew!). I was Secretary of the synagogue for about five years during the late 80s/early 90s, when I enjoyed working with Rabbi Jeffrey Newman and the late Chairman, Alan Rayner, gaining an insight into the challenges facing a growing community, and helping to find possible solutions. I retired in July 2014 as senior partner of a local solicitors’ practice, after 39 years with the firm. I now divide my time between my position as Legal Director of a multifranchise motor dealership, a small amount of legal consultancy work, and my much more important and enjoyable role as grandpa to my two energetic grandchildren. I am a lifelong and passionate Spurs supporter and try to attend most home games with Drew, son-in-law Josh and grandson Louis. I also enjoy all forms of music and often inflict my voice on unsuspecting attendees at Kabbalat Shabbat, as well as singing with the FRS choir, the Rhythm ‘n’ Jews band, and with old friends in a 60s band. I am also trying very hard to learn to play more than three chords on the guitar, and to improve my bridge and tennis.
Other members of the Council, and their specific responsibility are: