CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL
Revised 9 December 2015


Article I—Memberships, Title of Congregation, and Type of Service

Section 1.  Any person of the Jewish (Hebrew) and/or a family with one spouse of the Jewish faith may become a member of the Congregation by a majority vote of the board of trustees at any regular or special meeting.

Section 2. The name of the Congregation shall be Congregation Beth Israel.

Section 3.  This congregation shall follow the traditions and rituals of Conservative Judaism as set forth by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Section 4.  The right to vote shall be limited to members in good standing, i.e. one vote for each member in good standing.

Section 5.  Active members of the Armed Forces may be considered non-voting members at large.

 

Article 2—Officers — Nominations and Elections

Section 1.  The elected officers of the Congregation shall be a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.  The immediate past president shall serve as an officer.

Section 2.  An officer may be removed for good cause at any regular or special meeting of the Congregation upon the majority vote of members present provided a quorum is present.  In case of the death or resignation of any elected officer or trustee, a special election shall be held to fill the unexpired term, at the next general membership meeting.

Section 3.  Every voting member of the Congregation is eligible for office provided that person has been a member for one year and is not in arrears for dues or assessments.

Section 4.  Nominations for all officers and trustees of the Congregation shall be presented by a nominating committee consisting of three (3) members appointed by the president, not less than ten (10) days prior to the annual May meeting of the congregation and shall serve for such meeting only.  Nominations may also be presented from the floor by any member of the Congregation at the annual May meeting.  The nominating committee may nominate only one (1) member for each office.

Section 5.  Elections shall be held annually at the May meeting of the Congregation.  The voting shall be by secret ballot.   Officers elected at said meting shall take office on the 1st Sunday in June following the election and shall hold office for one (1) year.

Section 6.  The Congregation may elect to create a position of religious leader, to be filled by decision of the board of Trustees.  This position may be held by a Rabbi under contract to the Congregation or by a layman from among the members of the Congregation.  Compensation to the religious leader will be by decision of the board of trustees.  The term of office of religious leaders is open-ended and may be terminated by the board of trustees.

Section 7.  Honorary and/or emeritus offices may be created and filled by the board of trustees.

 

Article 3—Duties and Power of the President

Section 1.  The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Congregation; the incumbent shall preside at all meetings of the Congregation and trustees.  He shall have general and active management of the business of the Congregation and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the board of trustees and the Congregation are carried into effect.

Section 2.  The incumbent shall call special meetings of the Congregation when deemed expedient, or when called upon to do so by the written request of five (5) members of the Congregation.

Section 3.  The incumbent shall call special meetings of the board of trustees when deemed expedient, or when called upon to do so by the written request of two (2) members of the board of trustees.

Section 4.  The incumbent shall appoint all committees of the board of trustees and of the Congregation.  All committee appointments shall be promptly posted on the bulletin board of the Congregation.

Section 5.  In case of vacancy of the position of religious leader, the president has the responsibility to conduct or to have conducted all religious services of the congregation.

Section 6.  In addition to the duties herein stated the incumbent shall perform such other and further duties as may be required as the president of the Congregation.

Section 7.  The president may distribute funds for necessary expenditures up to Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250) without prior approval.

 

Article 4—Duties of the Vice-President

The vice-rpesident shall perform all the duties of the president in the event of the president’s absence or disability, and shall assist the president in all things pertaining ot the business of the Congregation.

 

Article 5—Duties of Secretary

The secretary shall attend all meetings of the board and of the Congregation and record the minutes of all proceedings in a book to be kept for that purpose.  The secretary shall give or cause to be given notice of all meetings of the trustees or Congregation and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the trustees.  Permanent type records, suchj as: By-Laws and property deeds are to be kept in a safety deposit box.  Upon the expiration of his tenure of office, the secretary shall deliver up to the successor all books, reports, papers, and effects of the Congregation that may be in the secretary’s keeping.

 

Article 6—Duties of Treasurer

The treasurer shall have custody of the Congregation funds and securities, and shall keep full, accurate and complete account of receipts and disbursements in record books belonging to the Congregation.  He shall disburse the funds of the Congregation as may be ordered and directed by the board of trustees, taking proper vounchers for such disbursements, which shall be made by check signed by the treasurer and president and shall render to the president and trustees a financial statement of the Congregation whenever called upon to do so, and shall render an annual report to the Congregation at the annual May meeting.  The report shall specify: itemization of income; itemization of expenditures; status of all funds and accounts owned by the Congregation.

 

Article 7—Board of Trustees

Section 1.  The affairs of the Congregation and the Jewish Cemeteries shall be managed by the elected officers of the Congregation, immediate past president, religious leader, and four (4) trustees from among the members of the Congregation, which shall constitute the board of trustees.  Initially, two (2) trustees will be elected for one (1) year and two (2) trustees for two (2) years, and thereafter two (2) trustees will be elected each year for a two (2) year term.

Section 2.  Regular monthly meetings shall be held during the first week of the month at such time and place as shall from time to time be determined by the board.

Section 3.  Special meetings may be called by the president on five (5) days notice to each trustee, either personal or by mail; special meetings shall be called by the president or secretary on the written request of two (2) trustees.

Section 4.  At all meetings, a majority of the board of trustees shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the act of the majority of the trustees present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the board of trustees.

Section 5.  The Sisterhood President, Religious Leaders, Honorary and/or emeritus officers will hold non-voting seats on the board of trustees.

 

Article 8—Membership Rights and Privileges

Section 1.  Worship

a.      Regular Services

b.      Holiday Services

Section 2.  Religious School Participation

Section 3.  Attend Special Events and Simchas

 

Article 9—Dues and Assessments

Section 1.  Each member will pay in advance, dues prescribed by the board of trustees and billed prior to High Holidays.  Appeal from assessment of dues may be submitted to the board within thirty (30) days after receipt of notice of such assessment, otherwise such assessment shall be final.

Section 2.  Books of the Congregation shall be opened upon written request for inspection to all members in good standing.

Section 3.  The treasurer shall give written notice to all members three (3) months in arrears for dues and assessments, and at the next meeting of the board submit a list of such delinquent members, whereupon the board may suspend such members who shall thereby forfeit the rights and privileges of membership in the Congregation.

Section 4.  The board of trustees may for good cause shown remit or reduce all or any part of delinquent dues of any member.

Section 5.  The board of trustees may require prospective members to make a contribution to the Congregation as prescribed by the executive board.

 

Article 10—Meetings

Section 1.  The Congregation shall hold three meetings a year, scheduled for January, May, and August, with board elections at the May meeting.  Members shall receive one week written notice of all meetings.

Section 2.  At the May meeting each year the officers and trustees shall be elected, and such other and further business may be transacted as may legally be brought before the congregation.

Section 3.  A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of one-third of the membership (or the lesser number of a fraction) and the vote of the majority of the members present shall be considered the vote of the Congregation provided a quorum is present.

Section 4.  Upon written request of five (5) members of the Congregation the president is obligated to call a special meting of the Congregation, after having caused a seven (7) day written notice of the time and place of said meeting to be mailed to every voting member of the Congregation, and notice placed on the bulletin board.

Section 5.  All meetings of the Congregation shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.

 

Article 11—Amedments to By-Laws

Section 1.  Any proposition to alter, amend, repeal, supplement, or modify the By-Laws, except Article 1, Section 3, or ay portion thereof must be presented in writing to the secretary for consideration of the members present, whereupon a copy of the proposed amendment, alteration or repeal shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the bulletin board in the Synagogue at least two weeks prior to the next regular or special meeting of the congregation.  It shall require a two-thirds vote of all members present and voting to adopt such proposed change.

Section 2.  In all contingencies, for which no provision is made a majority of the board of trustees shall have the authority to act.

Section 3.  the type of service, namely Hebrew Conservative cannot change except by a majority vote of the charter members of the Congregation.

Section 4.  all existing By-Laws and Amendments thereto are herby repealed and of no effect from and after date of the approval and ratification of these By-Laws.

 

Article 12—Duties of the Religious Leader

Section 1.  The religious leader shall conduct or have conducted all religious services of the Congregation as directed by the board of trustees.

Section 2.  The religious leader shall conduct special ceremonies (Brith Milas, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, etc.) within the Congregation in accordance with the Congregation By-Laws and the traditions and rituals of Conservative Judaism as set forth by the United Synagogues of America, and further including representation of the Congregation to other groups as well as doing counciling services.

Section 3.  In cases where a member requires the services of an outside Jewish religious leader for a special occasion prior notification must be given to board of trustees.