JCO Bylaws Committee


BOARD DECIDES TO END WORK ON BYLAWS

ELECTION TO BE HELD TO CHOOSE ALL NEW BOARD MEMBERS

NEW BOARD WILL HAVE RESPONSIBILITY TO AMEND BYLAWS


Culminating a long and contentious bylaws process, at its board meeting on February 19,the Board voted to terminate all work on revising the temple’s bylaws and to pass the responsibility to a new Board of up to 11 members. 

The 2018-20 Board will be chosen by a vote of the members at the Annual meeting in May (details of nominations and date of meeting to be announced), which will be conducted along the lines outlined in the proposed changes to the bylaws.  

Background: Responding to what has been characterized as a widespread desire for member voting and a desire for members to more actively and democratically participate in temple affairs, the Board diligently worked to enact voting bylaws, and proposed 50% of the members voting in person or by mail as an appropriate quorum. This proposal has been definitively vetted as “permissible by law” by the attorneys specializing in nonprofit and religious corporation law hired by the Board to review the proposed changes to the bylaws.

However, the Board has chosen to not make a determination regarding the quorum in the face of perceived potential litigation over the issue. The Board feels that the mere intimation of litigation is unacceptable. Without making a decision regarding a quorum, the final bylaws cannot be drafted.

In its decision to withdraw from any further action on the bylaws, the Board stressed a desire to end all wrangling over the substance of bylaws changes, to spare the members from any further stress in these matters, to protect itself from any potential litigation, and protect the corporation from any legal exposure.

Thus, we will present all work product provided to date to the new Board for review and further consideration and action. 

We thank the Bylaws Committee for their work and those congregants who provided constructive advice and input.  

B’Shalom,

Lynne Goldfarb

President, JCO BOD
Click here to read the board- approved bylaw changes.
Click here to read the attorney memo regarding the bylaws