An Act To Incorporate the Kehillah of NYC


The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Judah L. Magnes, William Fischman, Joseph Barondess, Louis Borgenicht, Samuel Dorf, Bernard Drachman, Israel Friedlaender, Harry Fischel, Samuel I. Hyman, Morris Jarmulowsky, Philip Klein, Leon Kamaiky, Adolph Lewisohn, Moses Z. Margolies, Louis Marshall, H. Pereira Mendes, Solomon Neumann, Jacob H. Schiff, Bernard Semel, Joseph Silverman, Pierre A. Siegelstein, Solomon M. Stroock, Cyrus L. Sulzberger, Israel Unterberg and Felix M. Warburg, and their associates and successors, are hereby constituted a body corporate in perpetuity, under the name of the Kehillah of New York City, and by said name shall possess all of the powers which by the general corporation law are conferred upon corporations, and shall be capable of taking, holding and acquiring, by deed, gift, purchase, bequest, devise or by judicial order or decree, any estate, real or personal, in trust or otherwise, which shall be necessary or useful for the uses and purposes of the corporation, to the amount of three million dollars; and to act as one of the constituent bodies of and to cooperate with the American Jewish Committee, a corporation organized under chapter sixteen of the laws of nineteen hundred and eleven.

Sec. 2. The objects of said corporation shall be, to stimulate and encourage the instruction of the Jews residing in the city of New York in the tenets of their religion and in the history, language, literature, institutions and traditions of their people; to conduct, support and maintain schools and classes for that purpose; to publish and distribute text-books, maps, charts, and illustrations to facilitate such instruction; to conduct lectures and classes in civics and other kindred subjects; to establish an educational bureau to further the foregoing purposes; to conduct religious services and support, maintain and establish temporary as well as permanent synagogues; to adjust differences among Jewish residents or organizations located in said city, whenever thereunto requested by the parties thereto, by arbitration or by means of boards of mediation and conciliation; to maintain an employment bureau; to collate and publish statistical and other information concerning the Jewish inhabitants of said city and their activities; to study and ameliorate their social, moral and economic conditions, and to cooperate with the various charitable, philanthropic, educational and religious organizations and bodies of said city for the promotion of their common welfare.

Sec. 3. The business and affairs of said corporation shall be conducted by a board of twenty-five members to be known as the executive committee, and the persons named in the first section of this act as  corporators shall constitute the first executive committee of said corporation. At the first meeting of said executive committee held after the passage of this act, the members thereof shall be divided into three classes, the first of which shall hold office until the installation of their successors, who shall be elected at a convention held by the members of said corporation as herein provided, and such successors shall hold office for a period of three years from date of their installation; the second class shall hold office for two years after the holding of said convention, and the third for one year thereafter, or until their respective successors shall be elected. At the expiration of the term of any member of the executive committee his successor shall be elected for a term of three years. All vacancies which may occur in said committee shall be filled until the ensuing election by said committee. An annual election for members of said committee shall take place at a convention of the members of said corporation to be held at such time and in such manner as shall be fixed by the by-laws to be adopted by said executive committee, or by the members of said corporation in convention assembled. At all meetings of the executive committee one-third thereof shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but no by-law shall be adopted, amended or repealed without the presence of a majority of the members of said committee for the time being.

Sec. 4. The members of said corporation shall consist of the persons who shall be designated and chosen as delegates to the annual convention of said corporation by such method or methods and by such organizations, societies, nominating and constituent bodies as shall be provided in by-laws to be adopted for that purpose by the executive committee, such by-laws being, however, subject to alteration, revision or amendment at any regular convention of said corporation or at a special convention called for such purpose, provided that thirty days' notice be given of the proposed change.

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

This act was signed by the Governor April 5, 1914.

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Article Name: An Act To Incorporate the Kehillah of NYC
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Jewish Communal Register of New York City 1917-1918; Edited and published by Kehillah (Jewish Community of NYC) 1918; Lipshitz Press, 80 Lafayette Street, N.Y., N.Y.
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