By-Laws/Constitution of WRJ Temple Sisterhood
Congregation Ahavath Chesed
Revised February 2008
Affiliated with Women of Reform Judaism, Southeast Federation of Temple Sisterhoods
633 Third Avenue, New York, NY10017-6778 – 212.650.4050
Article I – Name
This organization shall be known as WRJ Temple Sisterhood, hereinafter referred to as “Sisterhood”.
Article II – Objectives
The objectives of this organization shall be:
- To foster and further the highest ideals of Judaism
- To promote fellowship among its members
- To be a mentor for religious, social action and educational activities, in cooperation with the Temple, the congregation, and the community.
- To address Jewish and humanitarian causes in the community
- To promote the causes of Reform Judaism
- To further the objectives of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), the Southeast Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, and the Southeast District
Article III – Membership and Dues
Any woman who is committed to the objectives of Sisterhood shall be eligible for membership. Membership dues shall be determined by the Executive Board. The fiscal year shall be from July 1 through June 30.
Article IV – Executive Board
The officers of the Executive Board shall be the President(s), Departmental Vice Presidents, Recording Secretary, Communications Coordinator, Treasurer, and last two past Presidents.
Duties of the Officers
- President(s) shall be Jewish and a member in good standing of the Temple. She shall preside at all Sisterhood meetings and oversee the entire Executive Board; be an ex-officio member of each committee except the Nominating Committee; attend the monthly Temple Executive Committee, Temple Board of Trustees, and Temple Finance Committee meetings; be the official spokesperson and representative at Temple and community functions; and act as a liaison between the Clergy, Temple staff, and the Sisterhood board. In the event of the inability of the President(s) to perform her duties, the Executive Board shall determine who will act in her stead.
- The Departmental Vice Presidents shall, when called upon by the President(s), assist the President(s) in the performance of the duties of that office. Each Vice President shall support and assist the Chairs of the committees within her department.
- The Recording Secretary shall keep an accurate account of all Sisterhood proceedings and shall be custodian of all records.
- The Communications Coordinator shall attend to all Sisterhood publicity.
- The Treasurer shall be custodian of all Sisterhood operating funds, receive and file vouchers for all disbursements of money, and keep an accounting of all receipts and expenditures.
- The Immediate Past President shall serve as the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
- The Second Past President shall serve as the Parliamentarian and as a representative of the Past Presidents’ Council.
Article V – Nominations and Elections
- The Nominating Committee for General and Executive Board elections shall be composed of five members — three members from the Executive Board, including the immediate Past President, and two members from the General Board and/or the general membership.
- The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of officers, in writing, to the general membership at least thirty days prior to the last general meeting before Installation.
- Additional nominations to the slate may be submitted, in writing, to the Chair of the Nominating Committee no later than two weeks prior to the meeting at which elections will be held. The membership shall be notified of these additional nominees. Whenever there is more than one candidate for an office, the vote shall be by written ballot.
- All officers shall be elected for a two-year term. They may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms in any one capacity. The Nominating Committee may ask for an exception to this by a majority approval through a written ballot of the Executive Board.
- Any Sisterhood member in good standing shall be eligible to hold office.
- In the event of a vacancy occurring in any office, the President(s) with the approval of the Executive Board may appoint a replacement to complete the term of office.
- Officers shall be duly installed in May/June as the Templecalendar permits.
Article VI – Meetings
- General Sisterhood meetings may be held during the months of August through May, as scheduled by the Executive Board with the Templecalendar permitting.
- Five members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Executive Board. Twenty members shall constitute a quorum at any general or special meeting of the Sisterhood membership.
- Executive Board meetings may be held via telephone or video conference call on an as-needed basis to allow all participants the ability to participate. This need would be determined by a majority vote of the Executive Board. All Executive Board members are expected to participate in general meetings.
- Orientation and training for the Executive and General Boards shall be held prior to the first general meeting.
Article VII – Delegates
The names of delegates to the WRJ Assembly and District Biennial shall be submitted for approval to the Executive Board.
Article VIII – Amendments
These By-laws may be amended at a general meeting of the organization, provided that the proposed amendment(s), having been previously approved by the Executive Board are submitted, in writing, to the general membership, at least thirty days prior to the meeting. These amendments(s) shall be read and discussed at that meeting. A vote to approve/reject the amendments(s) is needed from two-thirds of the membership present at that meeting. Upon adoption, the amendment immediately becomes part of the By-laws.
Article IX – Parliamentary Authority
The rules of Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the proceedings of all meetings.