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The JCM bylaws are the primary governing document for the organization.  Our current bylaws were adopted in 2002.

Proposed Bylaws 2021

We are currently operating under bylaws from 2002.  An update is long overdue.   The Board of Directors unanimously recommends adoption of these bylaws.  We need a two-thirds yes vote by the JCM membership in order to adopt these bylaws.  Please read the bylaws and vote yes.  Toda raba.

Click here to see the proposed 2021 bylaws.

Proposed Bylaws 2021 Q&A  

What are Bylaws?  

Bylaws are the foundational governing documents for an organization. 

Why do we need new bylaws?  

The current bylaws were adopted in 2002. The world and our organization look quite different  now. We want our bylaws to accurately reflect our 2021 reality. 

Didn’t we do this already?  

Substantial updates to the JCM bylaws were proposed in previous years, but never ratified.  Amendment to current bylaws requires a two-thirds approval by our entire membership. Prior  proposed bylaws updates failed to get a two-thirds “yes” vote. 

What’s different this time?  

The bylaws committee reviewed bylaws proposals from prior years, then stepped back to  consider what parts of those proposals truly belong in Bylaws and which are more appropriate  in a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual. An SOP manual is a more flexible  document which includes policies and procedures voted on by the Board of Directors as well  as operational procedures established by the Executive Director.  

The Proposed Bylaws 2021 are based on our current bylaws, with updates and additions  derived from the proposed bylaws 2018.  

What’s new in the Proposed Bylaws 2021?  

1. Adds email and video conferencing as communications options. Why? Our current  bylaws were adopted in 2002, before email and video conferencing were commonly  available.  

2. Adjusts number of board members from “nine” to “at least five and up to nine”. Why?  To more accurately reflect the size of our community and to make it easier to recruit  dedicated board members. 

3. Explicitly defines board hiring and firing power. Why? The Board of Directors is  responsible for hiring a Rabbi and an Executive Director, providing periodic performance  evaluations, renewing contracts, and termination. A new section 2.20 makes this  responsibility explicit. 

4. Explicitly defines Director removal procedure. Why? We need a clear process in place  for removing a member of the Board of Directors due to misconduct. A new section 2.90  defines conditions under which a Director may be removed.

5. Updated officer job descriptions. Why? Responsibilities of board officers, particularly  Secretary and Treasurer, have evolved over the years. For example, the Treasurer is no  longer responsible for keeping the books, as specified in the current bylaws; we now  employ a professional bookkeeper and an executive director. 

6. Changed fiscal year from calendar year to July 1-June 30. Why? For ease of record  keeping and tax reporting. 

You can read the Proposed Bylaws 2021 and the current bylaws on our website,  Log in to see the For Members menu, and select Bylaws. 

The Board of Directors unanimously recommends adoption of the Proposed Bylaws 2021.  Please vote yes today.

Tue, May 11 2021 29 Iyyar 5781