Article I: Name

The name of this organization shall be Temple Aliyah Men's Club, and shall be affiliated with the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs.

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be as follows:

To strengthen the involvement of the members in the life of the congregation.

To integrate and advance the congregational institutions.

To promote a more thorough knowledge and appreciation of Jewish life.

To stimulate social and cultural activities among the members and in the community at large.

To train knowledgeable leaders for the synagogue and the Jewish community.

Article III: Membership Eligibility

Those eligible for membership in the Men's Club shall be:

Male members of the Jewish Community being 18 years of age or over, meeting the criteria of the by-laws of this Men's Club.

A member shall be considered in good standing through adherence to the by-laws of the synagogue and Men's Club and the timely submission of dues.

Article IV: Nomination and Election to Office

The authority to nominate members is vested in the nominating committee.

The nominating committee shall be appointed by the President and consist of no less than three (3) members. The committee shall propose candidates for office to serve for terms as specified in the by-laws. Additional nominations may be made by petition according to the by-laws.

Submission of the slate: The nominating committee shall submit its slate first to the Board of Directors, and then in writing to the general membership, and at least 21 days before election.

Nomination by Petition: Nominations may be made in writing by not less than five (5) members in good standing, submitted to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee with written consent of the person nominated and received not later than fifteen (15) days after mailing of the report of the Nominating Committee to the membership.

Voting: In the absence of additional nominations, the report of the Nominating Committee shall become the ballot. In the event of more than one candidate for any office, voting shall be by closed ballot.

Election shall be by a majority of the votes cast.

Article V: Officers

The minimum number of offices of the Men's Club shall be:
President Executive Vice-President
Treasurer Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary Membership Vice-President
Religion Vice-President Programs Vice-President
Publicity Vice-President Parliamentarian

The officers shall be elected at the General Meeting of the Men's Club and shall serve for a period of one (1) year. They shall hold office until their successors are elected and installed. No officer shall be eligible for more than three (3) successive terms for the same office.

The executive committee shall consist of all officers.

The Board of Directors shall consist of the duly elected Officers and Directors of the Men's Club. All members in good standing shall be eligible to be members of this Board.

Elected Directors: All Directors are elected for a period of one (1) year.

Permanent Directors: All members in good standing who are Past Presidents or recipients of the "Man of the Year" award shall be permanent Directors.

Presidential appointment to the Board: The President may from time to time appoint Directors to the Board in a number not to exceed five (5).

Absences: If a member of the Board of Directors shall be absent from three (3) consecutive regular Board meetings without a proper and sufficient reason of which the Secretary or President has been apprized, his office shall be declared vacant, provided however, that written notice shall be sent to said Board member by the Corresponding Secretary at the direction of the President after the second absence.

Eligibility for Office

1. An officer must be a member of Temple Aliyah and must have been a member of Temple Aliyah Men's Club for at least one (1) term.

2. No man shall be eligible for the Presidency who has not been a member of the Board of Directors for at least one (1) term.

Vacancies in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term by the President on recommendation of the standing Nominating Committee and upon approval of the Executive Committee.

Article VI: Responsibilities of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall guide, manage and direct the activities of the Men's Club.
It shall have such other and further powers and duties usually extended to governing bodies of similar organizations. Vacancies to committees and offices shall be filled by the President.

Article VII: Meetings

The Executive Committee and Board of Directors shall meet regularly each month unless there is a conflict with a Jewish Holiday. The president may call special meetings if he deems it necessary, or if requested by five (5) members.

The General Membership Meeting shall take place in April. Fifteen per cent (15%) of the membership shall constitute a quorum.

Notice of all Board meetings shall be mailed to all Board members at least one (1) week in advance of the date of the meeting. Notice of the General Meeting shall be mailed to all members at least two (2) weeks in advance of the date of the meeting.

A majority of members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum of any meeting of the Men's Club Board. Vacant positions shall not be counted toward a quorum. Permanent Directors shall count towards a quorum; but not be counted in determining the number required for a quorum.

Article VIII: Duties of Officers

The officers of the Men's Club shall perform such duties as are usually incumbent upon officers of similar organizations.

The President shall preside at all meetings, conduct business as prescribed by the Bylaws, preserve order and see that all officers fulfill their duties properly. He shall designate a Vice President to serve and preside in his absence, appoint committees and delegates unless otherwise provided for, sign and countersign all official documents, supervise elections, and shall be a member ex-officio of all committees except the Nominating Committee. He shall serve as an official delegate to the International Convention of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, and shall also represent the Men's Club on the congregation Board.

The Executive Vice-President (EVP) assists the President in all of his duties. He is a member of all standing committees and provides advice and guidance to the President. The EVP takes over the President's responsibilities when the President is unavailable.

The membership Vice-President is responsible for maintaining an ongoing record of the Men's Club membership to include names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Further, he is responsible for coordination with the synagogue office administration for the transfer of Men's Club membership application and funds that have been paid to the synagogue with synagogue dues. The Membership Vice-President is also responsible for the recruitment of new Men's Club members throughout the year. Lastly, he is responsible for coordination of Paid up membership events.

The Corresponding Secretary's duties include checking the Men's Club box on a regular basis for announcements from the synagogue; sending of Mazel Tov, Get Well and Sympathy cards to those designated in the announcements; maintenance of a current list of the members of the Men's Club Board of Directors (including names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) notification (by mail) of the members of the Board of Directors of the monthly meetings; notification of any other meetings pursuant to the instructions of the President; and the sending of acknowledgments to anyone making a donation to the Men's Club.

The Recording Secretary is responsible for the taking and preparation of minutes of each meeting of the Board of Directors and of General meetings.

The Treasurer is responsible for the maintenance of the Men's Club's funds. Included is the deposit of all incoming checks and the payment of all bills, preparation of a budget and regular accounting reports.

The Religion Vice-President is responsible for coordinating the annual Men's Club Shabbat and all other religion based programs.

Article IX: Fiscal Year and Dues

A. The fiscal year of the Men's Club shall begin on July 1.

B. Dues shall be set by the Board of Directors.

Article X: Questions of Synagogue and/or Religious Policy

The Men's Club, in all matters of Jewish law and practice, will follow the standards set and interpreted by its Rabbi.

Article XI: Committees

A. The President shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, appoint from time to time such committees as may be necessary to further the aims and purposes of the Men's Club.

Standing committees shall consist of:

Membership Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle Program
Program Men's Club Shabbat
Purim Carnival Feast before the Fast
Business Directory Nominating

The Chairman of each committee shall be a member of the Board of Directors. In case the President sees fit to appoint a chair that has not been elected to the Board of Directors, their appointment shall entitle them to membership on said Board of Directors.

Article XII: By-Laws

The Board of Directors shall adopt such by-laws and house rules as may in its judgment be necessary.

Article XIII: Adoption of these Bylaws and Amendments

Amendments to these Bylaws shall be submitted in writing by the Revisions Committee to the Board of Directors.

Petition for revision may also be submitted in writing by not less than five (5) members in good standing to the Board of Directors.

All amendments approved by the Board shall be sent to each member, and shall be voted upon at a General Membership Meeting of the Men's Club.

A two-thirds vote of members present and voting shall be necessary for adoption of amendments.

Article XIV: Conduct of Meetings

The proceedings of all meetings shall be governed by these Bylaws, and in all points not covered thereby, by Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.

For Temple Aliyah Men's Club:


Certified and Attested to:


Revisions Committee

Don Gold, Parliamentarian
Bob Epstein
Ted Alper
Robert Goldstein
Irwin Tuckman
Jack Dinsfriend