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Congregational Meeting

Sunday, November 22, 2020 6 Kislev 5781

10:15 AM

  • Hear Rabbi Werbow’s reflections on his first five months at TI
  • Gather in large and small groups to connect and share your thoughts, needs, hopes and ideas
  • Vote on a proposed amendment to TI's Constitution and By-Laws (see below)
  • Have fun!!

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What is the proposed amendment?
The proposal is to add the following to Article X, Control of Financial Accounts*:

Section 3.  The Rabbi shall be an authorized signer for the bank account designated for the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.

Why is this being proposed?
Currently, the Constitution authorizes only the President and any three Vice Presidents to be signatories on TI financial accounts. This applies to all TI bank accounts including the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund (RDF). However, disbursement of funds from the RDF is solely within the discretion of the Rabbi, who can use it for charitable, educational, communal, and other appropriate purposes.

Due to the confidential nature of some of these disbursements, the Rabbi needs to be authorized to sign checks from the RDF. This is standard synagogue practice and reflects the Rabbinical Assembly Discretionary Fund Guidelines, which you can find  here.  Look for the 3rd section on the page, labeled 'Discretionary Fund Guidelines' and click on the link marked 'guidelines'.

What is TI's process for amending the Constitution?
Article XX of TI’s Constitution provides that amendments may be adopted by a vote of three quarters of the members present and voting at a Special Meeting called for the purpose of adopting such amendments, or at an Annual Meeting of the Congregation. The process that we will use for voting will be sent separately.


*Article X provides:

Section 1.  The President shall be an authorized signer for all financial accounts, including checks.

Section 2.  Any three of the Vice Presidents shall be authorized signers of Congregational checks, as proposed by the President in consultation with Vice Presidents, and as passed by resolution of the Board.

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