Bylaws

By-laws
Congregation Adas Yoshuron
Rockland, Maine
Adopted April 29, 2007

Article I
Name

The name of this Congregation shall be Adas Yoshuron.

Article II

The object of this Congregation shall be to maintain an unaffiliated Synagogue and such educational, religious, social and recreational activities as will help further the cause and objectives of the Synagogue and Judaism.

Article III

Section 1. Any person of the Jewish faith, 18 years or older, willing to subscribe to these by-laws, may obtain membership in this Congregation.

Section 2. There shall be four types of membership:
a. Family Membership. Such membership shall be extended to all couples and/or parent(s) with children.
b. Individual Membership. Such membership shall be extended to individuals.
c. Life Membership. Such membership shall be conferred by the Congregation.
d. Honorary Membership. Such membership may be conferred upon deserving persons of the community as determined by the Congregation.

Section 3. Membership shall be conferred upon payment of dues to the treasurer. A member may apply to the President or Treasurer to have dues reduced or waived. Said officers may, acting jointly, reduce or waive dues based upon the individual financial situation. In such instances, so long as the arrangement is up to date, the member’s dues will be considered “paid in full.”

Section 4. Voting Rights. To vote, a member must be present at the meeting at which a vote is taken and be a member in good standing (dues and all other financial obligations to the Congregation paid in full).
a. Family Membership. Each Jewish member of a couple shall be entitled to one vote.
b. Individual Membership. Each individual shall be entitled to one vote.
c. Life Membership. Each individual shall be entitled to one vote.
d. Honorary Membership. Honorary members are not entitled to vote.

Article IV
Dues
All members shall pay such dues as shall be determined from time to time by the Congregation. Membership shall run from July 1 through June 30. Bills for dues will be mailed within 30 days of the

Annual Meeting and payment will be due within 30 days of receipt.

Article V
Privileges of Membership

Members in good standing shall enjoy the following privileges:
a. Attend, and have a voice and vote at all meetings of the Congregation at which the member is present.
b. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
c. Hold office and/or be a member of the Board of Directors.
c. Participate in all religious services and social events at the Synagogue.
d. Enroll their children in the religious school of the Congregation.
e. Use the Synagogue for functions subject to rules and regulations that may be established by the Board of Directors.

Article VI
Meetings

Section 1..The Annual Meeting of this Congregation shall be held each year during the month of June on a Sunday to be determined by the Board of Directors. The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to report on and discuss the state of the Congregation, to approve the budget, to elect officers and the Board of Directors, and to consider all other matters as determined by the Board of Directors.

The Secretary of the Congregation shall, no fewer than 21 days prior to the Annual Meeting, mail the notice of said meeting and proposed budget to all members of the Congregation, directed to their addresses as they appear on the books of the Congregation.

Section 2. Special meetings of the Congregation may be called by the President whenever, in his/her discretion, he/she deems it necessary, and must be called by him/her at the written request of seven members in good standing of the Congregation or a majority of the Board of Directors. Said request shall state the purpose of the meeting.

Section 3. No business shall be transacted at a special meeting, except for the purposes stated in the call. Notice of such meeting shall be given by the Secretary of the Congregation, by mail, to all members of the organization, directed to their addresses as they appear on the books of the Congregation and sent no fewer than ten days prior to such a meeting.

Section 4. At all meetings of the Congregation, regular and special, a quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of 20 members of the Congregation, including officers present. All decisions, excluding by-law changes, must be by majority vote and binding upon the Board of Directors In the absence of a quorum, the president must adjourn the meeting to some future time, not fewer than six nor more than 20 days from the adjourned meeting . The Secretary shall give at least three days notice of the new meeting to all members of the congregation by mail.

Article VII
Board of Directors

Section 1. The management and administration of the affairs of this Congregation shall be vested in a Board of Directors composed of the officers of the Congregation and seven members at large.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall be charged with, and assume control of, all the property of the Congregation; shall designate wherein the funds of the Congregation shall be deposited and/or invested; shall be responsible to develop a budget for the coming fiscal year, subject to the approval of the Congregation; shall thereafter be responsible to adhere to that budget; and shall be responsible for all daily expenditures and disposal of congregational funds and property.
Section 3. The Board of Directors shall make such rules and regulations consistent with these by-laws, as they may deem advisable for the proper conduct of their meeting and for the furtherance of the general purposes of this Congregation, and take such action as shall in its judgment best promote the welfare of the Congregation.

Section 4. The Board of Directors shall meet a minimum of ten times annually. A quorum of six Board members shall be required to conduct Board business. No matter may be decided upon by the Board except by a majority vote of members present.

Section 5. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President at his/her discretion and must be called by him/her at the written request of two members of the Board. Said request shall state the reason for the meeting.

Section 6. In the event of the death or resignation of a member of the Board, a successor shall be elected by the Board of Directors to fill the office for the unexpired term.

Article VIII
Officers

Section 1. The Officers of this Congregation shall be
a. President
b. Vice-President
c. Secretary
d. Treasurer

Section 2. It shall be the function of the President to preside at all meetings of the Congregation and of the Board of Directors;; to call all meetings of the Congregation and of the Board of Directors; to sign all agreements, contracts, deeds and other documents for the Congregation or the Board of Directors. The President shall appoint the following standing committees; building and grounds, religious school, ritual, finance, education, program, membership, and such others as the President might deem necessary. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, without the right to vote. The President shall make a State of the Congregation report at the annual meeting.

Section 3. The Vice-President shall assist the President in the discharge of his/her duties and, in the case of his/her absence, resignation, death or disability, shall discharge all of the duties of that office.

Section 4. The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all the proceedings of the Congregation, and the Board of Directors; issue all notices for meetings; carry on all correspondence of the organization and the Board of Directors, and sign such instruments or documents as may be necessary to effectuate the proper directions of the organization or the Board of Directors. He/she shall furnish the Treasurer with the names of all persons who wish to become members of the organization.

Section 5. The Treasurer shall keep a correct account of all receipts and disbursements; receive all moneys on behalf of the Congregation, and make proper disbursements, except where the Board of Directors may require the President to countersign such disbursements; have the custody of all money and securities belonging to the Congregation, and deposit and invest the same as approved by the Board. He/she shall render a written report of the finances of the Congregation at all meetings or occasions as he/she may be directed to do so by the Congregation or by the Board of Directors. Said report shall be affixed to the minutes of the meeting at which the same is presented. The Treasurer, in concert with the Board of Directors, shall prepare an annual budget, to be presented to the Congregation at the Annual Meeting.

Section 6. Officers and directors shall be elected for terms of one year and shall serve no more than three consecutive terms in any one office, except for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer, for which one may serve more than three consecutive terms. The year after a President retires, he/she may serve as a Board member for one year

Section 7. Election of members-at-large and officers:
a. The President shall, annually, appoint a Nominating Committee of Five (5) persons, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors. Two members of the Nominating Committee shall be members of the Board of Directors and three shall be members in good standing of the Congregation who have held membership for at least two years. The Nominating Committee shall elect from its number a chair. Members of the Nominating Committee shall serve until the next election of officers.
b. The Nominating Committee shall seek candidates for open positions and shall invite members of the Congregation to submit names of potential nominees.
c. The Nominating Committee shall develop a slate of officers and Board members, which it shall present to the Secretary prior to the announcement of the Annual Meeting for inclusion as part of that announcement.
d. Additional candidates for any office or for the Board may be nominated at the Annual Meeting by any member present and in good standing. The nominee must be at the meeting and must indicate his or her willingness to stand for the position or must have indicated in advance in writing such willingness.
e. Election shall be by open ballot unless a secret ballot is requested.
f. Only one member of a household may serve on the Board of Directors at any time.

Article IX
Rules of Order

All parliamentary questions or rules of order not otherwise determined by these by-laws shall be decided in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

Article X
Amendments

Any article of the by-laws may be amended at a meeting of the Congregation called for such purposes, or at the annual meeting, and an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present and in good standing shall be necessary for acceptance of the proposed change. Any member who wishes a by-law change may submit the proposed change in writing to the Board of Directors. If a majority of the Board of Directors approves the proposed change, the proposed change will be submitted to the Congregation at the next meeting of the Congregation. Upon a petition of fifteen members in good standing, a proposed by-law change will be submitted to the Congregation at the next Congregation meeting. Proposed changes to the by-laws must be presented to the Congregation no less than two weeks before the meeting at which they will be considered.

Article XI
Fiscal Year

The fiscal year shall run from July 1 through June 30.

Article XII
The Rabbi

Section 1. a. The Rabbi shall be elected by the Congregation, upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors, at a Congregational meeting called for that purpose, following the same procedures as those established in Article VI, Sections 2, and 3.
b. Subsequent to the initial election, continuation of the Rabbi beyond the original contract period shall be upon the vote of the Board of Directors after consulting with the congregation..

Section 2. The Rabbi shall report to the President and shall have overall responsibility for implementing the purposes and standards of the Congregation as set forth in the by-laws.

Section 3 The Rabbi shall enjoy freedom of the pulpit within the general standards and practices of the Congregation. The Rabbi shall work closely with the Ritual, Religious School, Education, and Program committees, and any other committees important to carrying out the traditional responsibilities of the Rabbinate.