Constitution of the New York Jewish Community

 

( Adopted February 28, 1909)
 
 
I. NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Jewish Community of New York City.

II. PURPOSE

The purpose of the Jewish Community of New York City shall be to further the cause of Judaism in New York City, and to represent the Jews of this city with respect to all local matters of Jewish interest. This organization shall not engage in any propaganda of a
partisan political nature, or interfere with the autonomy of a constituent organization.

III. MEMBERSHIP .

The Jewish Community of New York City shall be constituted in the following manner from among the Jewish organizations and societies of New York City.

1. Every incorporated Synagogue with not less than 50 or more than 250 contributing members or seat-holders—one delegate. For every additional 250 contributing members or seat-holders or fraction thereof—one delegate. Incorporated Synagogues with less than 50 contributing members or seat-holders may unite for purposes of election on the above basis.

2. Every incorporated local Federation of Jewish Societies one delegate for every ten constituent societies.

3. Every incorporated Jewish Society, or chartered Lodge, in sympathy with the objects of the Community, with not less than 100 members, and not affiliated with any local federation, under paragraph 2 above, one delegate, and one additional delegate for each additional 1,500 members.

Such Societies with less than 100 members may unite for purposes of election on the above basis. Junior and Auxiliary Societies shall not be represented.

4. Societies of Rabbis, Cantors or Social Workers, and Faculties of Jewish Colleges, one delegate each.

5. No organization shall have representation in this Community unless it shall have been established at least one year before the date of the application for representation; except federations of such societies as have been in existence for over a year.

6. The Executive Committee of the Community shall have the power to decide on the eligibility of organizations and delegates; subject, however, to the right of any organization or delegate to appeal to the convention from the decision of the Executive Committee.

7. No person shall be eligible as a delegate, unless he be an American citizen.

8. Delegates shall be chosen for one year and shall serve until their successors are elected.

9. Political organizations shall not be eligible for membership.

IV. MEETINGS AND OFFICERS

1. At the first meeting of the Jewish Community of New York City, there shall be elected an Executive Committee of twenty-five, and at each annual meeting thereafter, five members shall be elected for a term of five years each. Immediately after the first meeting, the Executive Committee shall divide itself by lot into five classes of five members each, to hold office for one, two, three, four and five years, respectively.

2. The annual meetings of the Jewish Community of New York City shall be held during Succoth Week, unless the Executive Committee at their discretion determine otherwise.

3. An Advisory Council of Seventy shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Community, who shall serve for one year and until their successors are chosen. They shall aid with their advice and cooperation the Executive Committee from time to time.

V. RELATIONSHIP TO THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE

1. The twenty-five members elected by the Jewish Community of New York City as the Executive Committee thereof, shall at the same time constitute District XII of the American Jewish Committee.

2. The American Jewish Committee shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all questions affecting the Jews generally not of a purely local character.

3. The Executive Committee of the Jewish Community of New York City shall have jurisdiction over all questions of a local character, or which shall specifically affect the New York Community itself, subject, however, to the right of any two members of the Executive Committee, who shall at the same time be members of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Committee, to appeal to the latter from any action determined upon, if they shall certify that in their opinion the action proposed to be taken shall infringe upon the jurisdiction of the American Jewish Committee, in which event a special meeting of the Executive Committee of the latter shall be held within ten days to consider such appeal. All action by the New York Community as to the subject matter of the appeal shall be suspended until the decision of the appeal, which decision shall be final.

4.Iit shall not be within the province of any member of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Committee chosen from any other district, to take such appeal or to interfere with the action of the New York Community.

5. Any person, who shall have been elected a member of the American Jewish Committee, shall continue to complete his term of office in that Committee, and as ex-officio member of the Executive Committee of the Community of New York City, notwithstanding the fact that he may not have been re-elected a delegate.

VI. DUES

Each organization shall pay dues of five dollars ($5) per annum per delegate, and any deficiency shall be covered by an assessment upon the constituent societies in proportion to their representation such additional assessment in no year to exceed five dollars ($5)
per delegate.

VII. SPECIAL MEETINGS

Special meetings shall be held upon written request of one-fourth of the delegates of the Community, or may be called by the Executive Committee of its own motion.

VIII. QUORUMS

1. One-fourth of the total number of delegates shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting ?f the Community.

2. Eleven members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting of the Executive Committee.

IX. AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended by the vote of two-thirds of the delegates at any meeting, provided that three months' previous notice of any proposed amendment be submitted to the constituent organizations, and provided that in no event shall any amendment be made to Article V, without the concurrence of the American Jewish Committee.

Individual members, or members at large, and contributors to the Kehillah paying one dollar and more per annum, shall have the right to assemble and elect one delegate to the Convention for every two hundred of such members or contributors, and one additional delegate for each additional five hundred of such members and contributors.


 

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Article Name: Constitution of the New York Jewish Community
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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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