Constitution - Laws of the Synagogue
Synagogue Constitution 2014
LAWS OF THE SUKKAT SHALOM REFORM SYNAGOGUE
1 VICTORY ROAD WANSTEAD LONDON E11 1UL
NAME - ARTICLE 1
The congregation shall be called the Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue and in these Laws shall hereafter be referred to as the Synagogue. These Laws are to be read in conjunction with the Areas of Responsibility and Codes of Practice document. Where there is a conflict of interest between those Areas of Responsibility and Codes of Practice and these Laws these Laws shall prevail. A current copy of these Laws will be available to any member who requests them and a current copy of these Laws will be placed in the foyer of the synagogue building for the information of our members.
OBJECTS - ARTICLE 2
The Synagogue is a Congregation of Jews (as defined by the Bet Din of the Movement for Reform Judaism and its successors, formed with the objects of providing and maintaining a Synagogue for the purpose of public worship and advancing religious, educational and charitable activities. The Synagogue also allows Non-Jews to join as Associate Members, with limited rights.
PUBLIC WORSHIP - ARTICLE 3
a) Divine Service shall be performed on Sabbaths and Holy Days and on such other occasions as the Senior Warden and Religious Activities Committee in consultation with the Rabbi (if any) may direct or approve, in the Synagogue or in such other places as the Council shall from time to time appoint. Every Service shall be performed partly in Hebrew and partly in English at the discretion of the service leader.
b) The ritual to be used in the Synagogue shall be that agreed upon between the Rabbi (if any) and the Religious Activities Committee and approved by the Council and shall be in general conformity with the practices of the Movement for Reform Judaism and its successors. Minor variations and prayers for special occasions may be introduced from time to time by the Rabbi (if any) and Senior Warden provided that (except in cases of emergency) the general nature of such variations and prayers shall have been approved by Council.
c) Special Services shall also be performed whenever the Council shall direct and on special occasions.
d) The times at which all Services shall commence shall be determined by the Religious Activities Committee in conjunction with the Council and shall be published by notices exhibited in the Synagogue or notified to members by post via the Calendar, website and Shema (newsletter).
MEMBERS - ARTICLE 4A
a) Full Members of the synagogue shall be Jews (as defined by the Bet Din of the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain). Some Associate Members may be Non Jews.
b) Persons desirous of becoming Members shall make application in such form as the Council may from time to time direct.
c) Children (whose mothers are Jewish) of a member, or children that have converted to Judaism, being under the age of twenty one and unmarried, shall be regarded as members and they shall be entitled to attend all religious services held by the synagogue and too such other rights and privileges as shall from time to time be laid down by the council. Children of a deceased Jewish mother whose other parent is non Jewish or who become wards who are under 18 years of age may become members in their own right at a reduced fee. Such a fee shall include a JJBS subscription. Such children cannot stand for election to Council.
d) Children (whose mothers are Jewish), of a member over the age of eighteen, or children who have converted to Judaism, shall be eligible to serve on any committee, subcommittee or special committee appointed or elected under or by virtue of these laws.
e) The Council may elect persons to be Honorary Members and such Honorary Members shall be entitled to receive notice of and to attend but not to vote at Annual or Special General meetings and shall be entitled to such other rights as the Council may from time to time confer upon them. They will not be entitled to JJBS membership
f) Any member may be deprived of membership and all rights and privileges thereof by a resolution passed at a special meeting of the Council convened for the purpose, at which not less than three-quarters of the Council shall be present and not less than two thirds of those present shall vote in favour of such a resolution, provided that the resolution shall require confirmation by a resolution passed at a special meeting of the members , if such a meeting shall be requested by the member within fourteen days after notice of such resolution of the Council has been sent to him/her by post. This is separate to any action taken under Article 5D (arrears in subscriptions).
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS - ARTICLE 4B
a)The Council may allow persons to take up one, of a number of types of, Associate Membership. These are:-
Associate Non Jewish Member.
Associate Non Jewish Proselyte Member.
Associate Non Jewish Member with Mixed Lawn Burial Rights.
Associate Jewish Member.
Such Associate Membership shall exclude the following:-
1) Free facility at the Religion School (Cheder) for their children unless their Partner is a Full Member (Jewish) in their own right.
2) All voting rights.
3) The right to stand for a position on Council.
4) The right to serve on management sub committees of the synagogue.
5) Burial rights apart from those Associate Non Jewish Members with Mixed Lawn Burial Rights.
b)Any member offered Associate Membership under Article (4b) who is Jewish must belong to and be a fee paying member of another synagogue or Burial Society. This shall be subject to annual checks. If an Associate Member who is Jewish should apply for Full Membership the 1 year rule will include the period of Associate Membership.
c)All Associate Members apart from Associate Non Jewish Members with Mixed Lawn Burial Rights will not be entitled to JJBS membership.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS WITH BURIAL RIGHTS IN THE MIXED LAWN CEMETERY - ARTICLE 4C
a)The Council may allow persons who are not Jewish to take up Associate Non Jewish Membership with Burial Rights in the JJBS Mixed Lawn Cemetery at Bullsmoor Ride Cheshunt. Such Associate Membership shall exclude those items as listed in 4b (a) above, with the exception of item (5) which shall allow burial in the mixed Lawn section of the Cheshunt cemetery.
b)Such Non Jewish Associate Members with Burial Rights in the Mixed Lawn Cemetery will be subject to a set of rules which shall be formulated by the Council of the synagogue in conjunction with the JJBS. These rules will be updated from time to time by the Council of the synagogue and the Associate Members with Burial Rights in the Mixed Lawn Cemetery will be notified of all rule changes as they occur.
ASSOCIATE NON JEWISH PROSELYTE MEMBER – ARTICLE 4D.
The Council may allow persons who are not Jewish to take up Non Jewish Proselyte Membership. Such members will undergo a course of study which will eventually lead to a Jewish Conversion. (The rules in 4b (a) above will apply. Should such a member drop out of the conversion course they will automatically become an Associate Non Jewish Member if they continue to pay their subscriptions.
SUBSCRIPTIONS & FEES (All types of Membership)- ARTICLE 5
a) The Council shall from time to time fix a scale of normal subscriptions for membership of the Synagogue. The Council may arrange to accept from any new or existing member a subscription lower than the normal scale, but (save in the cases of an exceptional nature) only on the terms that such reduced subscriptions shall be reviewed regularly by the Finance Committee.
b) Subscriptions to the Synagogue shall be payable annually, quarterly or monthly in advance or as the Finance Committee may permit. No new member shall be entitled to any of the privileges of membership until the first payment or agreed stage payments of the subscription has been made. All new members will be encouraged to pay their subscriptions by standing order.
c) The synagogue Council may levy an annual charge for every child that attends the synagogue Cheder (Religion School). The synagogue Council may also pass on the costs of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tuition to families that join the synagogue within 2 years of a child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
d) The membership rights of any member whose subscriptions are six months in arrears or who owes the equivalent in monetary terms of 6 months current subscriptions may have their membership terminated by the majority vote of Council members at a Council meeting.
e) A member who is 6 continuous months in arrears shall be informed that their future membership will be discussed by the Council of the synagogue with a view to terminating such membership. Should such action be recommended those members who are subject to the Age Related Adjustment Payments levied by the JJBS will be notified by phone, letter or email of their loss of membership and the consequences in regard to their loss of burial (cremation) rights.
f) The Council may levy a monthly surcharge on all part subscriptions 12 months in arrears.
g) The Council may levy a monthly charge set by the finance Committee and approved by
Council on all subscriptions owing from a previous subscription year.
RABBI - ARTICLE 6
A resolution passed at a General meeting shall be required authorising the engagement of a Rabbi. The Council shall be empowered to offer a Contract of Employment to any such Rabbi.
WARDENS - ARTICLE 7
a) A Senior Warden shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. At their first meeting after the Annual General Meeting the Religious Activities Committee shall appoint from its number additional Wardens. At every Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning services there shall be at least one duty Warden and on special services a minimum of two duty Wardens.
b) The Senior Warden will be responsible for the direction of duties and preparation of a rota system to ensure that all Synagogue Services, Memorial Services, Weddings and other functions for which Wardens duties are requested have an appropriate number of Wardens properly allocated.
HONORARY OFFICERS - ARTICLE 8
a) There shall be the following Honorary Officers, namely a Chair of Council, a Vice-Chair of Council, a Secretary, a Treasurer, an Assistant Treasurer a Senior Warden, and a Chair of Education.
b) The total service in Honorary Office shall not exceed 7 consecutive years.
c) The Honorary Officers of the Synagogue may meet from time to time. In implementing their delegated responsibilities, the quorum for decisions shall be the Chair of Council or Vice Chair of Council and two other Honorary Officers. Decisions taken must be those which cannot reasonably wait until the next Council meeting and must be reported to Council as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter. The Honorary Officers in meeting do not have precedence over Council.
MANAGEMENT - ARTICLE 9
a) The Management of the affairs of the Synagogue shall be vested in a Council consisting of the 7 Honorary Officers and as many additional members as may bring the total to a maximum of 14 persons excluding any persons who may be co-opted as provided for in these Laws (9C). At the Annual General Meeting the election of the 7 non-Honorary Council places will include in their number the following designated positions, Care-Coordinator, Chair of House Committee, and Head of Security.
b) No member shall be eligible for election to the Council unless and until they have been a member of the Synagogue for an unbroken period of 1 year.
c) The Council shall have the power to co-opt 2 additional members in order to bring the Council up to a maximum of sixteen (16) This provision excludes the ability to co-opt any member who has served 7 continuous years on Council either elected or co-opted and those excluded under the poor attendance at Council meetings rule (d) The Council shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting in accordance with article 11.
d) The members of the council shall retire at each Annual General Meeting and shall be eligible for re-election, save that a member of the Council who has already served for seven consecutive years, including any Honorary Office, shall not be eligible for re-election until the Annual General Meeting after the meeting at which they retired. They will also not be able to be co-opted to Council or hold office during this period of 1 year.
e) The Council shall meet at least 9 times a year. Its meetings shall be convened by the Honorary Secretary acting on behalf of the Chair of Council by each member of Council being notified at least seven days beforehand, together with an agenda, but in the case of an emergency a Council Meeting may, with the sanction of the Chair of Council, be summoned at shorter notice.
f) A meeting of the Council shall also be called within not less than fourteen nor more than twenty eight days upon request of not less than three members of the Council who shall state in writing to the Secretary the matter or matters they wish to be discussed at such meeting.
g) The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to any member of Council shall not invalidate any resolution passed at the meeting.
h) The quorum for a meeting of the Council shall be six members personally present.
i) Council shall cause minutes of its meetings to be recorded and circulated by post, synagogue letter box or E Mail to those entitled to receive them.
j) The Council may appoint a salaried Administrator who shall not be a member of Council.
k) The Council may invite visitors to attend the meetings of the Council. Such persons shall not be counted towards the number specified under Article 9(a) and 9(c) nor shall they be entitled to vote at any meeting.
l) The immediate past Chair of Council shall be entitled to attend meetings of the Honorary Officers and of Council, but shall not be entitled to vote at such meetings in that role. This provision will last for 1 year only after leaving the Chair.
m) The Council may appoint from its members a subscription Officer whose role shall be defined by the Finance Committee.
n) In accordance with Article 9(a) above the Head of Security must either be CST trained or agree to go on and complete a training course within 2 months of the appointment to that office.
o) Any candidate for Chair of Council must have served at least one year on Council in the immediate year before his/her election.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS - ARTICLE 10
a) The Annual General Meetings shall be held between 1st October and 30th November in each year to transact the following business:-
b) To receive the Trustees (Council) Report and the Accounts for the year ended 30th June. The Trustees Report will be adopted by Council prior to the AGM.
c) To receive and adopt the Treasurer’s report and the Income and Expenditure account and Balance sheet for the previous year, together with the report of the Examiner.
d) To elect the Chair of Council, Vice-Chair of Council, Warden, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, Head of Security, Care Coordinator and Chair of Education and other members of the Council for the ensuing year in accordance with Article 11.
e) To elect the Examiner for the ensuing year.
f) To transact such other business of which notice shall have been given by the Council in the notice convening the meeting.
g) To transact such other business as any three members of the Synagogue may, prior to six weeks before the A.G.M, have requested the Council in writing to place on the Agenda and of which the nature shall have been communicated to the members in the notice convening the meeting.
h) The quorum for the Annual General Meeting shall be 10 members.
ELECTIONS - ARTICLE 11
The Chair of Council, or the Vice Chair of Council shall Chair the Annual General Meeting. The election of Council at the Annual General Meeting shall be conducted in the following manner.
a) The notice convening the meeting, which shall be sent out no later than four weeks before the meeting, shall contain an intimation that any two members may nominate in writing, to be received fourteen days before the date of the meeting the persons whom they wish to be elected to the Council, and such nominees shall be telephoned or e mailed, and their willingness to stand for election to the Council, confirmed.
b) A list of all nominations received in accordance with section 11 (a) hereof shall be available from the Administrator or Honorary Secretary not later than seven days before the date of the meeting to those who wish to receive it. Seven days prior to the Annual General Meeting the names of those members wishing to stand for Council positions will be displayed on notice boards in the Synagogue buildings.
c) In the event of no nominations for a particular Honorary Office having been received the Council elected at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting shall have the power to appoint an Officer to fill the vacant position. In the event of an insufficient number of nominations for members of the Council having been received those persons nominated shall be deemed to be elected as members of the Council for the ensuing year and such Council shall have the power to appoint persons to fill the vacant positions.
d) In the event of only one person having been nominated to any Honorary Office, the Chair of the meeting shall declare such persons to have been duly elected. In the event of more than one person having been nominated to an Honorary Office the election shall take place by secret ballot and the meeting shall elect two persons who are not themselves candidates to conduct the secret ballot and announce the result.
e) In the event of the number of persons nominated to serve on the Council not exceeding the number permitted under these Laws (14), the Chair of the meeting shall declare such persons to have been duly elected.
f) In the event of the number of persons nominated to serve on the Council exceeding the number permitted under these Laws, the election shall take place by secret ballot as provided for by section (d) of this Article.
g) If there is an equality of votes between any two or more of the candidates at an election, the Chair of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
h) The election of the Examiner shall be conducted in such a manner as the Chair of the meeting may decide.
i) A Council member failing to attend a minimum of 50% of the Council meetings called between November and October each year will be ineligible for a Council position during the following year. This requirement is waived if the absences are due to pregnancy, maternity, disability or long term serious illness.
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS - ARTICLE 12
A Special General Meeting may be called at any time by the Council and shall be summoned by the Honorary Secretary acting on behalf of the Chair of Council upon request in writing of not less than 12 members, such Special General Meetings are to be held not sooner than one nor later than three weeks after the receipt of such request. Any requests for a Special General Meeting must state the purpose of such meeting and contain the text of any resolution, which the requisitioners wish to be considered by such a meeting, and the details shall be circulated to the members in the notice convening the meeting. A quorum for such a Special General Meeting shall be 10 members present.
SPECIAL COMMITTEES - ARTICLE 13
A special committee may be elected at a General Meeting and have delegated to it the decision on any matter, which, under these Laws, would otherwise rest with a General Meeting.
SUB COMMITTEES - ARTICLE 14
a) The Council may appoint from its members, or from members of the Synagogue, such sub committees as they may from time to time decide, and such sub committees shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting unless previously dissolved by the Council. The Chair of Council shall receive notice of all the meetings to be held by any subcommittee, and shall be entitled to attend in person or by another member of the Council nominated by him and vote at such meetings. The Council shall, on appointing a subcommittee, require it to submit a periodical report of its activities and the sub Committee shall keep and if required produce to the Council minutes of its meetings and proceedings. All sub committees shall work under the direction of the Council and may be dissolved at any time at the direction of the Council.
b) There shall be a Religious Activities Committee which shall include the Rabbi (if any), the Senior Warden, Deputy Wardens & lay members. The Committee will be chaired by the Senior Warden or in his/her absence a suitable alternative and will be responsible for recommending to Council the ritual to be used in the Synagogue and shall, on the direction of the Council make such regulations as may be required to ensure the proper and dignified performance of the Services.
c) There shall be an Education Committee which shall include the Rabbi (if any) and the Chair of Education. The Committee will be Chaired by the Chair of Education or their Deputy and will be responsible for recommending to Council the curriculum to be used in the Cheder (Religion School) and at Adult Classes and shall, on the direction of the Council in conjunction with the Religious Activities Committee, make such regulations as may be required to ensure the proper preparation of B’Nei Mitzvah.
d) There shall be a Finance Committee which shall include the Treasurers and the Chair of Council. The Treasurer shall invite additional members to attend and participate in these meetings. The Finance committee shall oversee all of the finances of the synagogue, prepare new budgets annually, attend to arrears in subscriptions and recommend to Council, members for deletion due to excessive arrears. The Finance Committee shall also recommend to Council increases in subscriptions, charges for specific services, charges for weddings and all salaries.
CHAIR OF COUNCIL - ARTICLE 15
The Chair or Vice Chair of Council shall preside over all General Meetings and Council Meetings. In the event of an equal vote on any resolution, the Chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote.
VICE CHAIR OF COUNCIL - ARTICLE 16
All rights and duties conferred by these Laws upon the Chair of Council shall, in his or her absence, devolve upon and be exercised by the Vice Chair of Council or in the absence of both, by a person being a member of the Council nominated by a majority of the Council present.
FINANCE - ARTICLE 17
a) The Treasurer shall, have the custody of and shall be responsible for the moneys and account books, if any, of the Synagogue including all subcommittee accounts. The books and records of the synagogue may be kept in a computerised format.
b) The Treasurer shall not pay any moneys without the approval of the Council except the fixed salaries, rents, rates, taxes, insurance and other usual outgoings.
c) The funds of the Synagogue not required for immediate application may be invested in such a manner as the Council may from time to time approve
d) The Treasurer shall produce his account books, invoices, receipts and other documents to the Council whenever so requested to do so by the Council or by the Chair of Council.
e) The accounts of the Synagogue shall be made up to 30th June in every year and they shall be Examined by a person suitably qualified to carry out those duties who shall be elected for the ensuing year at the Annual General Meeting. Any casual vacancy in the office of Examiner shall be filled by the Council. The Examiner shall not be a member of the Council, nor shall they be eligible to serve on any sub Committee which handles Synagogue funds.
f) The Council shall authorise all payments out of the funds of the Synagogue but a resolution passed at a General Meeting shall be required to authorise the purchase or sale of any freehold or leasehold property or land.
g) The bank account of the Synagogue shall be kept at a bank or banks to be decided by the Council and shall be in the name of the Synagogue. The Treasurer, Chair of Council, and others appointed by Council shall be signatories to the bank accounts and all cheques shall require two signatures. The Treasurer may use internet banking to attend to or his/her duties as long as all of the usual safeguards are in place in regard to the withdrawal of money. In regard to the latter the Treasurer shall monitor the Assistant Treasurer and vice versa.
h) The investment and property of the Synagogue shall be vested in not less than three nor more than four Custodian Trustees to be appointed from time to time by the Council. The Custodian Trustees shall execute such Declaration of Trust of investments and property of the Synagogue as shall be necessary to ensure the control thereof by the Synagogue, and the Custodian Trustees shall be entitled to a full indemnity out of the funds of the Synagogue in respect of all costs, charges and expenses arising directly or indirectly out of their Trusteeship. The Custodian Trustees shall be entitled to attend and receive minutes and agendas of all meetings of Council and the Honorary Officers. The Custodian Trustees can attend and speak at Council and Honorary Officers meetings but will have no voting rights unless at the Chair of Council’s discretion it is considered to affect the liability of the Custodian Trustees.
i) A Custodial Trustee cannot be removed from office without the consent in writing of not less than 75% of the total membership who are eligible to vote. No amendment shall be made to this paragraph 17(i) without the consent in writing of not less than 75% of the total membership who are eligible to vote.
j) The members in General Meeting may authorise the Council on behalf of the Synagogue, and the Council on behalf of the Synagogue shall have power, without the authority of members in General Meeting to borrow money from any person and on any terms and for any purpose within the objects of the Synagogue and to provide such security over the property of the Synagogue as may be deemed necessary to secure the repayment of the money so borrowed and the payment of interest thereon, provided that the amount for the time being remaining undischarged of moneys raised or secured by the Council without sanction of the members in General Meeting shall not at any time exceed the sum of £10,000.00
K) The Council is empowered to affiliate the Synagogue to the Movement for Reform Judaism and such other organisations whose aims and objectives are not inconsistent with the objects of the Synagogue as specified in Article 2 and to pay any subscriptions or other affiliation fees as prescribed by the organisation, always provided that this is not inconsistent with the current rules of the Charity Commissioners and the Board of the Inland Revenue.
l) There can be a Rabbinic Fund. This Fund can be used at the discretion and initiative of the Rabbi for the advancement of study, job development, or in service training of the Rabbi, or in such areas as the Rabbi deems appropriate. All expenditure is to be agreed with the Chair of Council. In the event of a disagreement, the matter will be brought before the Honorary Officers to arbitrate, all decisions to be decided by a majority vote of those present.
m) The synagogue may offer employment to a Trustee (Council Member) or a Custodial Trustee. Such appointments shall be subject to a resolution being passed in favour of the appointment and the terms of such appointment at a duly convened and quorate Council meeting. The proposed appointee shall not be counted in the quorum for or entitled to vote on any such resolution. Such arrangements will be subject to the approval of the Charity Commissioners.
n) The synagogue may offer a contract for services to a Trustee (Council Member) or a Custodial Trustee. Such contracts shall be subject to a resolution being passed in favour of the appointment and the terms of such appointment at a duly convened and quorate Council meeting. The proposed appointee shall not be counted in the quorum for or entitled to vote on any such resolution. Such arrangements will be subject to the approval of the Charity Commissioners.
o) The synagogue may pay to a Trustee (Council Member) or a Custodial Trustee out of pocket expenses for attending to his or her duties. The synagogue can also recompense a Trustee (Council Member) or a Custodial Trustee for purchases made on behalf of the synagogue. In both cases receipts are to be provided to the Honorary Treasurer.
p) The Treasurer shall delegate any of the above responsibilities to the Assistant Treasurer but shall ultimately be in overall control of all the finances of the synagogue.
GENERAL PROCEDURE - ARTICLE 18
a) The Honorary Secretary shall forward by ordinary post to their last known addresses, notices of Annual or Special General Meetings to all members, such notices to be posted not less than one month before an Annual General Meeting and not less than seven days before a Special General Meeting (see Article 12). The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to any person entitled to receive such notice shall not invalidate any resolution passed or any election made at such a meeting.
b) The quorum for all General Meetings shall be ten Full Members of the synagogue and can include Honorary Officer and Custodian Trustees all in accordance with Articles 11 and12.
c) Resolutions at General Meeting shall be deemed to have been carried if agreed by a show of hands by a simple majority of members present at the meeting, subject to Article 11 and 12
d) Save as otherwise provided for by this Article (18) and by Article 11, the procedure at General Meetings shall be determined by the Chair of Council.
MARRIAGES, B’NEI MITZVAH, DEATHS and BURIALS - ARTICLE 19
a) The synagogue will conduct marriages for both opposite gender and same gender couples who have been members of the synagogue for 6 month. The Council may from time to time make regulations concerning the conditions to be observed in connection with marriages of both opposite and same sex couples in the synagogue and at outside venues and in the absence of any specific regulations the Laws and practices of the Bet Din of the Movement for Reform Judaism & the West London Synagogue shall, so far as is applicable be observed. All fees for weddings shall be agreed by the Finance Committee and submitted to Council for approval.
b) The Council may from time to time in consultation with the Warden and Rabbi (if any) make regulations with regard to the conditions to be observed in connection with the B, Nei Mitzvot.
c) Every Jewish member (apart from Associate Jewish Members) shall, subject to the terms of their admission to the Synagogue, be entitled to the right of burial or cremation for themselves and their unmarried children under the age of twenty one years, at a burial ground selected or approved by the Council of the synagogue and the Jewish Joint Burial Society. The Council shall make suitable arrangements with the Jewish Joint Burial Society for the purpose of securing such burial rights.
d) The Synagogue and its members shall be members of and pay contributions to the Jewish Joint Burial Society and all matters relating to graves, burials, cremations and funerals should be handled in conjunction with this Society and in the absence of any specific regulations the Laws and practices of the Bet Din of the Movement for Reform Judaism and its successors shall, so far as they are applicable, be observed.
e) Every Associate Non Jewish Member with Mixed Lawn Burial Rights shall, subject to the terms
of their admission on joining the synagogue, be entitled to the right of a double depth burial for
themselves only in the Mixed Lawn Cemetery (Bullsmoor Ride Cheshunt) owned by the Jewish
Joint Burial Society. The Council shall make suitable arrangements with the Jewish Joint Burial
Society for the purpose of securing such burial rights.
f)The rules relating to such Mixed Lawn Burials shall be formulated by the synagogue Council and they shall be updated from time to time and communicated to the members concerned on joining the synagogue and throughout their membership of the synagogue.
g)All deceased Associate Non Jewish Members with Mixed Lawn Burial Rights will be buried in a double depth grave with their deceased Jewish Partner. Such arrangements shall be subject to an agreement entered into by both parties during their lifetimes.
Honorary Life President - Article 20
a) The title of Honorary Life President can be bestowed on a member of the synagogue who has shown considerable commitment to its existence and who has dedicated many years of service to its cause.
b) The title confers no special powers to the recipient and in the main is ceremonial. The Honorary Life President shall be entitled to attend all Council and Honorary Officers meetings and receive agendas for the same but cannot vote.
c) A Special General Meeting may be called at any time by the Council in order to appoint an Honorary Life President. The meeting shall be summoned by the Honorary Secretary acting on behalf of the Chair of Council upon request in writing of not less than 15 members of the community. Such a Special General Meeting is to be held not sooner than one nor later than three weeks after the receipt of such request.
d) Any request for a Special General Meeting must state the name of the intended recipient and contain the text of a resolution. The details of the resolution shall be circulated to the members of the community in the notice convening the meeting.
e) The resolution shall be carried on a simple majority of those present at the SGM. The Chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote in the case of no majority.
ALTERATION OF LAWS - ARTICLE 21
These Laws or any particular Article within these Laws may be suspended or amended from time to time by the members in General Meeting, but no such suspension or amendment shall take effect unless sanctioned by a resolution passed by a majority of not less than two thirds of the persons present and entitled to vote at a General Meeting of the members and in the case of Article 17 (h) in accordance with the procedures set out therein, of which not less than one months notice in writing, stating the intention of proposing such suspension or amendment, shall have been given in accordance with these Laws.
INTERPRETATION - ARTICLE 22
The Council of the Synagogue shall be the sole authority for the interpretation of these Laws and its decision upon any matter not provided for by these Laws shall be final and binding.
These revised LAWS of the SUKKAT SHALOM REFORM SYNAGOGUE (formerly Epping Forest and District Reform Synagogue) & (formerly Buckhurst Hill Reform Synagogue) which date back to 1981 were re-adopted at the Annual General Meeting of the Synagogue held on Tuesday 12th October 1993.
They were subsequently revised in March 1994, March 1995, September 1996, August 1998, November 1998, November 2002, November 2006 and on Tuesday 14th June 201.
Further Revised 22nd November 2012 & 20th November 2014.
Revised again on 4th September 2018
Signed on behalf of the Community by the following:-
Steve Wynne (Chair of Council)
Angela Jacobs (Honorary Secretary