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2018 By-law Amendments

To see the by-laws, passed on June 5, 2018, click here.


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees shall consist of seventeen (17) Trustees. Each year, five (5) Trustees are nominated by the Nominating Committee and two members appointed by the Temple Brotherhood and Sisterhood (one each).

The Board shall meet at least monthly. The roles of the Trustees are as follows:

  • President, who also chairs the Human Resources Committee
  • President-Elect, who also chairs the Advisory Council and who serves as Vice Chair of the Human Resources Committee. The Human Resources Committee is the only committee where all members must be members of the Board of Trustees due to the confidentiality and sensitive nature of the issues before it.
  • Treasurer, who also Chairs the Finance Committee
  • Recording Secretary & Parliamentarian
  • Seven (7) Vice Presidents
    • Vice President & Co-chair of the Operations/Facilities Committee
    • Vice President & Co-chair of the Membership Committee
    • Vice President & Co-chair of the School/Youth Committee
    • Vice President & Co-chair of the Adult Education Committee
    • Vice President & Co-chair-chair of the Worship & Programming Committee
    • Vice President & Co-chair of the Social Action/Social Justice Committee
    • Vice President & Co-chair of the Development Committee
  • Four (4) General Trustees

The President-Elect, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the Membership for those particular roles. All other Trustees shall be nominated and elected as General Trustees, leaving it to the board to decide at its first meeting which of its members shall serve as Vice Presidents. The President-Elect must have served as a Trustee for two full years before being nominated for this position. The President-Elect automatically becomes the next President. All trustees are elected to a particular office for one (1) year terms but may be re-elected for two (2) more terms for a total of three (3) consecutive terms.  If a trustee steps down from their role as treasurer, vice president, etc, they will be default continue to be a general trustee (or hold some other office) for the remainder of their 3-year term on the board.  

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council shall meet with the Board quarterly (or more frequently as requested by the Board) to provide guidance to the Board. The Advisory Council shall review and discuss all major policy, non-operational, non-financial decisions facing the Temple and provide the Board of Trustees with its opinion as to the pros and cons of such policies. The Advisory Council shall serve in a strictly advisory role and its members are not fiduciaries but are bound by confidentiality rules.

The Advisory Council consists of twenty-five (25) Advisors appointed by the Board. Each year, the Board elects five (5) new Advisors to serve five (5) year terms. In the event that an Advisor is not able to fulfill their term, the Board shall elect a new Advisor to fulfill the remainder of the original term. The Board can, with a majority vote, remove any Advisor from the Advisory Council. The Board must ensure that the Advisory Council reflects the diversity of our community and includes younger and older members, members of the LBGTQ community, people with disabilities, and parents of TCEE, ARS, and post-B'nai Mitzvah children and includes specific representatives from Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Youth, ARS, and TCEE.

All Past Presidents and former Honorary Trustees and Honorary Officers may serve on the Advisory Council, as Honorary Advisors, for as long as they choose and are not counted towards the 25 member limit.  The Honorary Advisors (see below for definition) may sit in on any Board of Trustees meetings with the exception of Executive Session. Honorary Advisors shall not vote on matters before the Board of Trustees, shall retain their status as non-Fiduciaries, and are bound by all the rules of confidentiality applicable to the members of the Board of Trustees.

Other Changes

  • Allow non-Jews to become Temple Members in their own right rather than only through a spouse or partner who is a member.  A member must support the inclusive and egalitarian practice of Judaism. The Board, in consultation with the clergy, may reject an application for membership and, as is already the case, Temple membership may be terminated for non-payment of dues or for other cause as determined by the Board.
  • Allow non-Jews to hold any position on the Board with the exception of President and President-Elect.
  • Remove the requirement that the Temple employ two (2) clergy.
  • Require two (2) signatures for checks over $1500.
  • Include indemnification and hold harmless provisions for Trustees and staff.
  • Allow emergency and special meetings to be held via conference call or internet.

Checks and Balances on Trustees (no change)

  • Article XI, Section 7: "For due cause, and by a two-thirds (⅔) vote, the Board may recommend to the Membership the termination, removal or suspension of the Rabbi or Cantor. The Members present at an Annual Meeting or a Special Meeting of the Membership may, by a two-thirds (⅔) vote, terminate the services of the Rabbi or Cantor. The Board may, by a two-thirds (⅔) vote, terminate or remove any other Clergy member.”
  • Article X, Section 2 (now 3): "The Board of Trustees, by a two-thirds (⅔) vote, may remove any Trustee or officer from their position for failure to comply with the Duties and Obligations guidelines approved and established by the Board or for other due cause.
Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779