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Schedule of Upcoming Meetings:


Contact David Weiss

We are meeting at the Jewish Federation building in the Desenberg Room at 9:30 AM.

Current Leadership:
President, David Weiss
Treasurer, Steven Leavitt
VP, Claude Salomon
Secretary, Gail Glickman

Synagogue Council of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.

Bylaws, Revised January 4, 2005

Article 1. Name

This organization shall be known as Synagogue Council of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc., hereinafter to be referred to as Council.

Article II. Purposes

To join together the synagogues of the Sarasota and Manatee counties into an organization which speaks and acts in a united manner, wherever possible, so that we might further such purposes and interests as our constituent Synagogues have in common; it being clearly provided and understood that this organization shall in no way interfere with the religious and administrative autonomy of any of our constituent Synagogues.

The following are the stated objectives of the Council which are for illustrative purposes and are not necessarily all inclusive.

1.  To establish an umbrella organization of Synagogues for the purpose of
coordinating Jewish religious forces in this community.

  1. To urge all Jews in the community to affiliate with a Synagogue.
    1. To foster, promote, and initiate Jewish education and programs for adults and children.
    2. To provide, when necessary, an appropriate forum for discussing mutual problems, issues, and challenges that face the Synagogue community.
    3. To provide a strong and unified voice and be the liaison for the Synagogue community in its relations with the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation and the remainder of the Jewish community.
    4. To foster and promote good will and understanding between Jews and members of other faiths, and cooperation with agencies engaged in these endeavors,

Article III. Membership

Section 1. The membership of the Synagogue Council shall be the Synagogues located in the Sarasota and Manatee counties who have currently joined the Council, and shall be referred to as Members.

Section 3. Each Member in good standing shall be entitled to all of the rights and privileges of membership, which shall include the right to attend and vote at all meetings, which votes shall be cast by a designated Representative of that Member.

Section 4. Any application for membership must be approved, by majority vote, by the existing Members of the Council..

Section 5. Each Member shall be bound by the By-Laws and any amendments thereof.

Section 6. The Rabbi of the Synagogue hosting the Synagogue Council meeting will be the representative of the Rabbinic Council. All pulpit Rabbis are welcome at any meeting.

Article IV. Dues

Section 1. In order to retain membership in good standing, Members shall be required to pay annual dues and assessments and other fees as approved by the Council.

Section 2. Annual dues shall become payable at the beginning of each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) and are payable in full by August 10th of the fiscal year.

Section 3, Special assessments are payable in accordance with the schedule established for each particular assessment.

Section 4. Members shall be entitled to receive written notice of annual dues on or before July 31, of the fiscal year for which such dues are payable, and at least thirty (30) days in advance of the period for which such assessments are due. Section 5. Members who fail to pay dues for a period of thirty (30) days after such dues or assessments become due (September 9th), shall automatically be suspended and will lose all rights and privileges of membership, including the right to attend and vote at all Council meetings. Suspended Members may be reinstated by the Council upon compliance with such terms and conditions as the Council may stipulate. Prior financial obligations must be paid in full prior to consideration for reinstatement.

Article V. Meetings

Section 1. There shall be an annual meeting of the Members to conduct general business and elect officers. It shall be held in the spring of the year.

Section 2. Regular meetings shall be held at least four times per year to conduct general business.

Section 3. Special meetings of the Members shall be called by the President when requested by the Representatives of at least two (2) Synagogue Members of the Council. The Secretary shall give at least seven (7) days notice, in writing, of the meeting and shall notify each member of the nature of the business to be transacted at each special meeting.

Section 4. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Members in good standing, including at least one officer of the Council.

Section 5. All matters of business brought to any meeting of the Council shall be decided by a majority vote.

Section 6. The rules of procedure at all meetings shall be determined by Roberts Rules of Order, latest revised edition.

Article VI. Voting

Section 1. All questions shall be determined by a simple majority vote unless otherwise specified in the Bylaws,

Section 2. The vote shall be called by a show of hands or a written ballot whenever requested by a majority of those present or otherwise required by these Bylaws.

Section 3. Each Member Synagogue shall be entitle to cast one (1) vote. It shall be the responsibility of each Member delegation to select one Representative who shall be designated to cast that vote.

Section 4. Neither absentee ballots nor proxies shall be permitted.

Article VII. Council.

Section 1. The business and affairs of the Council shall be directed and managed by the Members of the Council. The Members shall manage the funds, records, property, and affairs of the Council, and be empowered generally to do all things necessary for its welfare and well-being. The Members are obligated to evolved and implement programs to achieve the religious, cultural, educational, and other objectives specified in Article II as the purposes of this Council.

Section 2. The Members shall approve budgets, set policy, define goals, establish committees and set forth their functions.

Section 3. The Council is a continuing body. All resolutions and enactments of the Council shall continue in effect until revised by the Council with respect thereto. The Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure for the conduct of its business, but in the event of a procedure dispute, Roberts Rules of Order shall apply.

Section 4. The Council may remove any Officer who is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings without good cause. The Council may also remove any Officer for any just cause, providing a written charge of such cause for removal has been preferred against such Officer, signed by the Representatives of at least three (3) Synagogue Members and filed with the Secretary of the Council. Such officer shall be given reasonable notice of a hearing at which hearing he/she may be present and entitled to be heard in his/her defense. After the charge has been examined by the Council and found to be true and of sufficient cause for removal, such Officer may be removed by three-fourths (3/4) vote of all the Council Members present at said hearing.

Section 5. The Nominating Committee may not nominate more than two (2) persons as Officers who serve as Representatives of any one Synagogue Council Member.

Section 6. Any Officer, who is a Representative of a Synagogue Member in arrears for dues or assessments for thirty (30) days or more shall not be eligible to exercise the privileges or authority of his office, nor shall he/she participate by vote or debate in the business of the Board as long as such delinquency shall continue. In addition, the Council may choose to remove him/her from office following the procedures outlines in Article IV, Section 5.

Section 7. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Council Members.


Article VII Officers

Section 1. The officers of this Council shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. Each officer shall be elected for a term of two (2) years at the Annual Meeting of the Council. Each officer shall be eligible to serve two (2) successive two (2) year terms.

Section 2. The Nominating Committee may not nominate more than two (2) persons as officers who serve as Representatives of any one Synagogue Member.

Section 3. An officer who has served for two (2) consecutive two (2) year terms may not be nominated or elected to the same office until one (1) year has elapsed. However, he/she may be nominated to another officer position. An officer filling an unexpired term from a period of two (2) years or less may be nominated and elected for a period not to exceed two (2) full two (2) year consecutive terms, upon the expiration of the replacement term.

Article IX. Officer's Duties

Section 1. The President shall have the following duties:

(a)  He/she shall act as Chair of all Council Meetings

(b) He/she shall appoint the chair of the Nominating Committee and any
ad hoc committee(s) with the approval of the Council.

(c)  He/she shall assist in budget preparation and oversee keeping
expenditures within budgeted limits.

(d) He/she is authorized to spend and obtain reimbursement from the
Council for no more than one hundred dollars ($100) for emergency
purposes without Council approval.

(e)  In the event of imminent or actual disaster, the President shall have
the responsibility and authority, in absence of full Council, to take
such actions as required to safeguard the well-being and integrity of
the Council.

(f)   He/she shall have the power to sign and/or co-sign all checks and

(g) He/she shall perform all other duties incidental and normal to this

Section 2. The Vice President shall have the following duties:

(a)     He/she shall assist the President and represent him/her at committee
meetings and functions. He/she shall oversee such committees as
assigned to him/her by the President.

(b)    In the absence of the President, he/she shall have the power to sign
and/or co-sign all checks and contracts.

(c)      He/she shall assume such further duties as my be assigned by the

Section 3. The Secretary shall have the following duties:

(a)     He/she shall be required to ensure that these By-Laws are kept
current and dated in accordance with amendments enacted.

(b)    He/she shall keep a register of all members of the Council, be
responsible for recording the minutes of all meetings of the Council,
and keep a file for review by any Member in good standing. He/she
shall keep attendance records of all meetings of the Council.

(c)      He/she shall issue notices of all meetings of the Council.

(d)    He/she shall be required to ensure the proper recording of all
motions of the Council prior to a vote.

(e)      He/she shall keep a record of all standing rules, policies, and
procedures, with the dates when they were enacted.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall have the following duties:

(a)     He/she shall be the Financial Officer of the Council and shall be
responsible for all of its funds, securities, and other financial papers.

(b)    He/she shall direct the issuance of all invoices for dues and
assessments to members, and be responsible for issuance of all other

(c)      He/she shall keep an exact and true account of all receipts and
expenditures in the books kept for that purpose.

(d)    At every regular Council meeting, he/she shall submit a financial
statement for the preceding month or months. At every Annual
Meeting he/she shall submit a detailed report of the Council's
financial condition.

(e)      He/she shall, when requested by the President, submit for
examination and audit all books, papers, receipts, vouchers, and
other records and documents of the Council in his/her charge.
He/she shall deliver them within five (5) days together with an
inventory of same.

(f)        He/she shall have the power to sign and/or countersign checks.

(g)     Upon receipt of properly invoiced documents, the disbursement may
be made for budgeted items by an appropriate signatory. Amounts in
excess of $150 for non-budgeted items shall be brought to the
Council for approval. All checks in excess of $250 shall require two
(2) signatures.

Article X. Committees

Section 1. It shall be the duty of the President, at or before the second yearly meeting of the Council, to appoint the chair of the Nominating Committee and any ad hoc committee with the approval of the Council.

Section 2. The majority of each Committee shall constitute a quorum.

Section 3. The Nominating Committee shall serve for one year. It shall consist of three (3) members appointed by the President, with the approval of the Council. There shall be no more than one committee person from any Synagogue.

(a)     The Council shall fill any vacancies that occur in the Nominating

(b)    The Committee shall prepare a slate consisting of one (1) candidate for
each position to be filled.

(c)      Written notification of the slate of nominees shall be sent to each Member
of the Council at least forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting.

(d)    Additional nominations may be made by written petition signed by
Representatives of at least two (2) Synagogue members in good standing,
with the approval of the nominee. Said petition shall be filed with the
Secretary at least twenty (20) days prior to the Annual Meeting.

(e)      If additional nominations are made, then written notice of the final slate of
nominees, including those nominated by petition, shall be sent to
Synagogue members of the Council at least ten (10) days prior to the
Annual Meeting.

(f)        The election of officers shall take place at the Annual Meeting. The
election shall be by secret ballot only if there is more than one (1) candidate
for any position. Officers shall assume their responsibilities immediately
after the election.

(g)     There shall be no nominations from the floor or electioneering at the
Annual Meeting.

(h) The Nominating Committee shall recommend nominees for submission to

the Council to fill any interim vacancies on the Board. (i) A member of the Nominating Committee may be nominated as an officer

on the slate.

Article XL Fiscal Year/Audit

The administrative and fiscal year shall begin annually on the first day of July for the purpose of financial budgeting and reporting, and scheduling payments for funding the operations of the Council.

As needed, audits by an independent audit or accounting firm shall be made upon recommendation of the Council.

Article XII. Amendments

Section 1. These By-Laws may be amended at any general or special meeting of the Council called for such purpose.

Section 2. Amendments may be presented in the following manner:

(a)    Amendments to the By-Laws may be made by the Council, provided that
such amendments have been approved by at least two-thirds (2/3) vote of
members of the Council at a meeting of the Council. At least ten (10) days
notice of such a meeting must be given and shall include the full texts of
the existing provisions and proposed amendments,

(b)   Three Representatives of different Synagogue members of the Council, in
good standing, may present amendments to the Council to be voted on by
the Council in the manner prescribed in Article XII, Section 2(a) above.

Section 3. Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation may be made in the manner described above for the By-Laws.

Article XIII. Parliamentary Authority

All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised, and by the provisions of these By-Laws. In case of conflict, the By-Laws take precedence.

Article XIV. Indemnification and Insurance

Section 1. The Council shall indemnify any person who is serving or has served as on officer or member of the Council from any and all liability, loss or damage which indemnitee may suffer as a result of claims, demands, costs or judgments arising from actions or omissions as an officer or member of the Council. However, such officer or member shall not be indemnified with respect to any claim, issue, or matter to which he/she has been adjudged liable for gross negligence or misconduct in the performance of his/her duty to the Council.

Section 2. The Council must purchase and maintain insurance commonly known as Director's Liability Insurance for all officers and members.

Section 3. All officers authorized to sign checks shall be bonded in an amount set by the Council. The cost of such bond shall be paid by the Council.

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