EMTZA Constitution

UNITED SYNAGOGUE YOUTH

EMTZA REGION

of the Mid-Continent Region
UNITED SYNAGOGUE OF CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM

TO LEARN – TO TEACH – TO DO

THE CONSTITUTION OF EMTZA REGION AND
CODE OF CONDUCT
UNITED SYNAGOGUE YOUTH

Established –1948 Printing – October 2005

THE CONSTITUTION OF EMTZA REGION

United Synagogue Youth

Table of Contents

Preamble The Articles:

  1. Name
  2. Aims & Objectives
    1. Aims
    2. Objectives
      1. Study
      2. Observance of Shabbat & Haggim
      3. Prayer
      4. Kashrut
      5. Synagogue
      6. Jewish Community
      7. Brotherhood of Man
  3. Affiliation
  4. Membership
  5. Dues
  6. Organization
    1. Structure
    2. Regional Board
      1. Members
      2. Subsidies
      3. Duties of the Board
      4. Meetings
    3. Regional Officers
      1. Offices
      2. Qualifications
      3. Term
      4. Duties
      5. Vacancies
      6. Elections
  7. Committees
  1. Committees
  2. Temporary Committees
  3. Appointments
  4. Personal Standards for Regional Board Members
  1. Kinnus
    1. Time & Place
    2. Delegates
    3. Quorum
    4. Convention Code
  2. Conclaves
    1. Time & Place
    2. Sites & Dates
    3. Objectives
    4. Requirements
  3. Leadership Training Institute
    1. Time, Place, & Purpose
    2. Institute Code
  4. Senior Kallah
    1. Time & Place
    2. Attendees
    3. Objectives
    4. Kallah Code
  5. Chapter of the Year
  6. Emergencies
  7. Supremacy of International USY
  8. Constitution and Parliamentary Authority
    1. Authority of Constitution
    2. Interpretation of the Constitution
    3. Parliamentary Authority
  9. Amendment Procedure
    1. Circulation of Amendments
    2. Ratification
    3. Publication of Constitution

Appendix A

EMTZA REGION USY CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

We, the United Synagogue Youth of Midwestern North America, united through our common devotion to the principles of Conservative Judaism, and to the synagogue as the center of the Jewish Community, to the home as the center of Jewish life dedicated to the perpetuation of our Jewish civilization and heritage, and recognizing that youth must perpetuate Judaism, do hereby establish this constitution.

ARTICLE I—NAME
The name of the organization shall be EMTZA REGION UNITED SYNAGOGUE YOUTH.

ARTICLE II—AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Section 1—The Aim

The aim of EMTZA Region USY is to offer opportunities to Jewish youth to continue and strengthen his/her identification with Judaism and with the synagogue as the central agency of Jewish life in America and the home as the center of life, and Israel as the common homeland of the Jewish people, and to give Jewish youth an awareness of the essential harmony between the traditions and ideals of Judaism and world Democracy. In consonance with this aim, EMTZA Region USY seeks to develop a program based on the interests, needs, and the personality of the teenager.

Section 2—Objectives

  1. StudyThe knowledge of our common Jewish heritage and the Hebrew language is essential to creative Jewish living. Therefore, USY affirms its support to these ideals of study by:
    1. Encouraging that each chapter provide the facilities for its members to acquire a reading knowledge of Hebrew.
    2. Encouraging that each chapter provide for its members facilities to study Judaism a minimum of four hours per month.
    3. Encouraging its members to discover the enjoyment and inspiration and knowledge derived from reading books of Jewishinterest; listening, playing, and dancing to Jewish music; and admiring Jewish art.
  2. Observance of the Shabbat and HaggimThe importance of the Shabbat and Haggim is basically important to Jewish youth. Therefore, EMTZA Region USY dedicates itself to the sanctification of the Shabbat and Haggim by:
    1. Encouraging its members to attend T’ffillot at least three times per month. One of these must be a Shabbat service.
    2. Encouraging its members to attend T’fillot on all Hagim and refrain from attending school on Haggim.
    3. Encouraging its members to join with their families in the observance of the Shabbat and Haggim.
  3. PrayerPrayer is one of the three pillars of Jewish life—Torah (study), Avodah (prayer), and G’milut Hasadim (good deeds).
    1. We believe that the Jewish teenager should experience the feeling of kinship and power arising out of public worship andthe feeling of nearness to God arising out of private devotion.
    2. Each chapter shall be required to hold services on a regularly scheduled basis.
  4. Kashrut
    The observance of the dietary laws has inculcated Jewish values and facilitated Jewish survival. Therefore, EMTZA Region USY:

    1. Requires that its chapters observe the dietary laws at their functions as well as to and from Regional functions.
    2. Urges its members to observe Kashrut in their homes and in their lives.
  5. The Synagogue
    The synagogue has been the center of Jewish life. Therefore, EMTZA Region USY dedicates itself to strengthening the synagogue by intensifying the participation of USY members in synagogue program through:

    1. Establishing a teenage congregation.
    2. Having members of the teenage group whenever feasible participate in conducting services.
    3. Having members of USY regard themselves as youth members of the adult congregation and as such, participate incongregational functions and affairs.
  6. The Jewish CommunityNo Jewish youth organization is sufficient unto itself. It must share concern for and activity on behalf of all Israel. To this end, EMTZA Region USY:
    1. Cooperates with other Jewish groups for common purposes.
    2. Participates in the affairs of the local Jewish Community.
    3. Accepts its share of responsibility for Jewish rehabilitation and philanthropy wherever is needed.
  7. The Brotherhood of ManThe welfare of humanity is the common concern of Jews. Therefore, USY cooperates on the local, national, and international levels with the forces:
    1. Working for Democracy.
    2. Working for worldwide understanding.
    3. Working for human welfare.Article III—AFFILIATION

EMTZA Region USY is a region of International United Synagogue Youth, which is a member organization of the United Synagogue of America and of the World Zionist Organization. The region is sponsored and guided by EMTZA Region USY’s United Synagogue Youth Commission.

Article IV—MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.—Membership Defined

  1. Any USY group chartered and declared to be in the EMTZA Region by International USY shall be a member chapter of the Region.
  2. A member in good standing is any dues-paying member who compiles with the standards adopted by International USY and EMTZARegion USY and is in the ninth through twelfth grade of secular school or Day School.

C. In order to be a participating member at any Regional function or to serve on the Regional Board in any capacity, a member must be in good standing.

D. In order for a chapter to participate or send delegates to any Regional function, the chapter must be in good standing according to chapter standards adopted by International and EMTZA Region USY.

Article V—DUES

Section 1.—Amount

A. Regional dues shall be set by the Regional Youth Commission.

Section 2.—Payment

A. Groups failing to pay dues by November 1st, shall be considered as not in good standing until their payments are paid.

Article VI—ORGANIZATION

Section 1.—Structure

The Region is organized into two bodies: the membership (represented by the Convention Body), and the Regional Board.

Section 2.—The Regional Board

A. The Board 1.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

shall consist of:
Regional Officers.
The immediate past president of the Region.
The President of each congregational group.
Chairmen of temporary committees whose presence at board meetings is deemed necessary by the president. Chairmen of standing committees.
Members of the region who are members of the International USY Board.
There may be proxy votes for Chapter Presidents who cannot attend a board meeting.
There may be one proxy vote per committee if there is no chairman present at the board meeting.
a. The chairman shall appoint a proxy.

  1. Expense Subsidies
    1. The Youth Commission shall subsidize transportation costs of board members attending board meetings at its discretion.
    2. If the president of congregational group is unable to attend a board meeting, the Youth Commission is not obligated tosubsidize a proxy.
  2. Duties of the Board
    1. The board shall transact regional business between conventions
    2. The board shall plan regional activities.
    3. The board shall enact decisions of the Regional Convention, but may be overruled by the Convention Body.
    4. In case of a vacancy in office, the board shall elect one of its members to fill the vacancy.
    5. The board shall have the power to amend this constitution by the same means as the Convention Body would.
  3. Board Meetings
    1. The board shall meet at least three times each year.
    2. Meeting shall be called by the President or by written petition from a majority of the board members.
    3. Board members shall be notified at least fifteen days prior to each board meeting.
    4. A quorum shall be one more than one half of the board members.

Section 3—Regional Officers

  1. Offices
    The offices of EMTZA Region USY shall be President, Israel Affairs Vice President, Religion/Education Vice-President, Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice-President, Membership/Kadima Vice-President, and Communication Vice President. The Executive Vice President position is an additional responsibility on top of other positional duties.
  2. Qualifications
    1. Each officer shall be a member in good standing in a chapter that is in good standing for at least one term prior to his/herelection.
    2. Each candidate shall currently be serving or shall have served on a Chapter Executive Board, on Regional General Board,or on a Committee of the Regional General Board for no less than one-half of a term.
      1. A term is defined as the time between two chapter elections.
      2. Any person who has been prematurely removed or has resigned from any of the above positions shall bedeemed ineligible to run for Regional Executive Board.
      3. Extenuating circumstances shall be reviewed prior to elections by the Regional Youth Director and RegionalPresident.
    3. Any person who has prior knowledge of an extended trip outside of EMTZA Region USY over a time-period of threeconsecutive months shall be not allowed to run for Regional Executive Board. Extenuating circumstances shall be

      reviewed prior to elections by the Regional Youth Director and Regional President.

    4. No person permanently residing outside of the geographical boundaries of EMTZA Region USY shall be eligible to run orserve on the Regional Executive Board. Extenuating circumstances shall be reviewed prior to elections by the Regional

      Youth Director and Regional President.

    5. A minimum of three metropolitan areas must be represented on regional board including the President.
      1. a)  In the event that no one has been nominated for an office and only two metropolitan areas are represented, then someone from one of the two represented metropolitan areas may run for that office.
      2. b)  Minneapolis/St. Paul shall be considered one joint metropolitan area.
      3. c)  A metropolitan area shall be defined as a city and all the suburbs adjacent to it.
    6. Eligible candidates for President must have served as one of the following three options:
      1. a)  Chapter President, for at least one term immediately prior to the election.
      2. b)  On the Regional Executive Board, for at least one term immediately prior to the election.

c) At least two terms of Chapter Board (freshman representative included) and two terms of Regional General Board (unless convention co-chair, then only one year of Regional General Board is needed). He/she may be in their second term of Chapter/Regional General Board leadership.

d) Should there be no such eligible candidates, members who have served on the Regional General Board for at least one term and Chapter Board for at least one term shall be eligible candidates.

6. Any officer running unopposed has the option to call for a vote of acclimation if he/she desires. If this is not the case, the vote will be by secret ballot and he/she must receive a majority vote of approval.

C. Terms of Office
Officers shall serve from their installation to the installation of their successors.

  1. Duties of Officers
    1. President
      1. Shall preside over all Regional functions.
      2. Shall be vested with executive powers of the Region.
      3. Shall call meetings of the Regional Board.
      4. Shall be accredited representation of the Region.
      5. Shall appoint committee chairpeople.
      6. Shall establish temporary committees.
      7. Shall, in case of vacancy of office, appoint with the consent of the Executive Board, a member of the board tofill the vacancy until an election is held or the term expires.
      8. Shall report to the Regional Convention regarding the state of the Region and shall make suggestions for itsimprovements.
    2. Israel Affairs Vice President
      1. a)  Shall work to encourage participation in International USY Israel Programs: Nativ, Israel Pilgrimage, etc.
      2. b)  Shall be in contact with each chapter concerning their Israel programming.
      3. c)  Shall promote membership and oversee all HeChalutzim programming
      4. d)  Shall work to create new and innovative Israel programming on the regional and chapter level.
      5. e)  Shall engage in follow up programming for USYers returning from an Israel experience
    3. Religion/Education Vice-President
      1. Shall be in contact with each chapter concerning its religious and educational programming.
      2. Shall aid in the organization and execution of all religious and educational programming at regional functions.
      3. Shall promote membership and oversee all Abraham Joshua Heschel Honors Society programming
    4. Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice-President
      1. Shall be in contact with each chapter concerning SATO programming.
      2. Shall be responsible for ensuring the collection of Tikun Olam monies by the Region.
      3. Shall be responsible for ensuring the collection and submission of Tikun Olam monies from the chapters to theInternational United Synagogue Youth Tikun Olam fund, enabling those chapters to allocate funds as described

        by the International Tikun Olam policy when applicable.

      4. Shall aid in the organization and execution of all SATO programs at Regional functions.
    5. Membership/Kadima Vice-President
      1. Shall work to create and begin new USY and Kadima chapters, open lines of communication to any unaffiliatedgroup or reorganizing chapter, and investigate chapters with declining membership.
      2. Shall work with the President, Youth Director, and chapter on increasing USY and Kadima membership.
      3. Shall be in contact with all Kadima chapters within the Region concerning membership, programming, andrelations with USY.
      4. Shall plan and execute a Kadima Kinnus.
      5. Shall be in contact with each chapter concerning their general programming.
      6. Shall work to create new and innovative programming for chapters.
      7. Shall oversee the regional program bank.
    6. Communication Vice-President
      1. Shall take minutes and mail copies of minutes to board members within thirty days of the meeting.
      2. Shall issue correspondence as requested by the President or Regional Board.
      3. Shall oversee EMTZA USY’s Website.
      4. Shall publish a regional newsletter at least thrice annually.
      5. Shall oversee and maintain the Sister Chapter program.
    7. Executive Vice President
      1. a)  Shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence
      2. b)  Shall oversee the presentation of awards to chapters.
  2. Vacancies of Office
    1. Should there be a vacancy on the Presidency, the Executive Vice-President shall become the President.
    2. Should there be a vacancy in any other office other than the Presidency, the Executive Board shall appoint a member of theRegional Board to fill the vacancy until the term expires.
  3. Elections
    1. Officers shall be annually elected at the Regional Spring Kallah.
    2. Candidate Information/Running
      1. A committee consisting of the President of each chapter (or a designated chapter representative), Regional Director, and Regional Officers, shall meet at some time before elections.
      2. The purpose of this meeting shall be for the presidents to obtain information about the candidates running for office in order to relay it to the delegates during chapter caucuses.

c. One month before elections, all candidates shall file a Candidate Information Sheet (CIS) for only one position (Excluding the Executive Vice President position), with the Regional Office, or they will not be eligible to run. The only exception will be if there are no CIS’s for a particular office, nominations shall be allowed without filing a CIS.

  1. Before Spring Kallah and after the CIS’s have been collected at the Regional Office, the Regional President shall ask any candidates if they would like to change the office for which they are filing ONLY in the case that there are any other people from the same metropolitan area filing for a higher office.
  2. The CIS’s shall be distributed at the presidents’ meeting and made available to the general membership.
  3. All candidates must, before elections, be seconded by a petition consisting of 20% of the voting delegates.Each delegate may sign only one petition for office.
    1. The petitions must be turned into the Regional President at least one-half hour before elections.
    2. In the event that nominations for a particular office are opened to the floor, those candidates nominated

    from the floor must be seconded by 20% of those present and eligible to vote.
    3. Each delegate to the election assembly shall be able to second only one candidate per office. For

    nominations from the floor, the presiding officer shall call for seconds in the order the candidates are nominated.

  1. Speeches
    1. Each candidate for the Presidency shall have five minutes in which he/she may speak for his/her candidacyand/or have another do so.
    2. Each candidate for each other office shall have three minutes in which he/she may speak for his/her candidacyand/or have another do so.
    3. Candidates shall speak in the order in which they are nominated.
  2. Nominations
    1. Each candidate must be nominated for an office by a delegate to the elections assembly (excluding theincumbent Regional Executive Board and candidates for the Regional Executive Board).
    2. Nominations can be no longer than 45 seconds for any candidate.
    3. No more than four delegates shall nominate any one candidate.
    4. Candidates must inform the presiding officer whom they wish to have nominate the sometime before elections.
  3. Voting
    1. Elections shall be held in this order: President, Israel Affairs, Religion/Education Vice-President, SocialAction/Tikun Olam Vice-President, Membership/Kadima Vice-President, Communications Vice-President,

      Executive Vice President.

    2. Voting shall be by a secret ballot, unless a vote of acclamation has been called.
    3. If no candidate receives a majority vote, which constitutes a victory, there shall be a run-off election betweenthe two leading candidates (a majority is more than half the total votes excluding abstentions).
    4. Ballots shall be counted by the presiding officer and Regional Staff.
    5. Only the name of the winning candidates shall be announced.
  4. Vice-presidential elections
    1. a)  The Vice-Presidential position is a supplementary position whose responsibilities are carried out concurrent tothe pre-existing responsibilities of any given board position aside from the Executive President.
    2. b)  Vice-presidential elections shall be the last office voted upon once all other offices are concretely established.
    3. c)  Any new member of the Regional Executive Board, excluding the president, is eligible to run for ExecutiveVice-President, but is not required to express this prior to the elections.
    4. d)  After all executive board positions are established, the past Regional Executive President will call for a self-nomination for the Vice-Presidential position. The past Regional Executive President will recognize each

      candidate individually.

    5. e)  Vice-Presidential candidates do not require an additional nomination by other members, an additional petition,an additional CIS, an additional candidate’s forum, nor an additional speech. Their election to the Executive

      Board is the expressed consent of the region to be eligible for the position of Executive Vice-President.

    6. f)  After all candidates have been clearly established, a vote will be held abiding by the voting guidelines in ArticleVI, Section 3 F.
    7. g)  If ordinary voting guidelines conflict with the Vice-Presidential voting procedure, default to the Vice-Presidential voting procedure.
  5. Dropping Down
    1. Before voting takes place for each office, candidates for that office must announce to the Regional President if and what other offices they are dropping down to if they happen to lose.
    2. A candidate may drop down a maximum of two times.Article VII—COMMITTEES

    Section 1—Committees

    1. All committees shall be decided upon by the President in consultation with the Regional Officers.
    2. The board with two-thirds vote may establish committees they feel are necessary at the winter board meeting.

    Section 2—Temporary Committees

A. The President may establish temporary committees. Section 3—Appointments

  1. The President shall not appoint chairpeople and when necessary committee members. The President shalldiscuss the qualifications of individuals with the Regional Executive Board.
  2. No senior shall be on a committee by him/herself.

Section 4—Personal Standards for Regional Board Members

Section 1—Kinnus

A. EMTZA Region USY personal requirements for Regional Officers and standards for Regional chairmen or co- chairmen elected or appointed are the following:

  1. Attendance at a minimum of two-thirds of all Regional functions.
  2. Attendance at a minimum of 80% of all chapter functions.
  3. Attendance at a minimum of four religious services monthly, three of which must be Shabbat services.
  4. Study of Judaica at least three hours weekly.
  5. Keep the laws of Kashrut at all times when representing USY, and when possible in private.
  6. Shall refrain from school exams on Shabbat.
  7. These standards shall be enforced by the Regional President and Regional Director as they see fit.Article VIII—CONVENTIONS
  1. Time and Place
    Kinnus shall be held annually each year over Thanksgiving weekend in a hotel, in a city designated by the Youth Commission two years in advance.
  2. Objectives
    The goals of Kinnus shall be:

    1. To reveal the beauty and spirit of Shabbat.
    2. To present opportunities for study and discussion about a Jewish concern.
    3. To promote friendships and dialogues between USYers from neighboring communities.
  3. Planning
    1. The Kinnus chairpeople shall be chosen annually by the Regional Executive Board, from a pool of candidates of themetropolitan area where Kinnus is being held.
    2. Kinnus shall be planned by the aforementioned chairpeople in conjunction with the Regional Board.
    3. Local committees shall be utilized on an as needed basis.

C. Quorum

Quorum shall consist of one more than one half of the total convention body.

Section 2—Winter Convention

  1. Time & Place
    The Winter Convention shall be planned by the Region and will be hosted by one chapter annually on a weekend between International Convention and Spring Kallah. The site and date shall be decided by the Regional President and Youth Director in consultation with the Chapter Youth Directors.
  2. Objectives
    The goals of the Winter Convention shall be:

    1. To reveal the beauty and spirit of Shabbat.
    2. To present opportunities for study and discussion about a Jewish concern.
    3. To promote friendships and dialogues between USYers from neighboring communities.
  3. Requirements
    Each hosting chapter is required to provide:

    1. Housing within walking distance of the synagogue to any USYers who may request such.
    2. Housing with kosher facilities for any USYers who may request such.
    3. Time devoted to prayer, study, social action, and social programs.

Section 3—Spring Kallah

  1. Time & Place
    Spring Kallah shall be held between Winter Convention and Memorial Day at a designated camp site or resort.
  2. Elections
    1. Elections for the Regional Executive Board shall take place at Spring Kallah.
    2. Before the elections take place, candidates shall have an opportunity to participate in a “candidate’s forum” at SpringKallah.
    3. After elections, the new Regional Executive Board shall meet to determine chairpeople for the upcoming year.
  3. Delegates

C. D. E.

1.

2. 3.

4.

Each chapter shall be allotted a representative percentage of the total vote based on the percentage of each chapter’s delegation to the total number of voting delegates.
No chapter representative percentage may exceed 20% of the total number of delegates.
Every member present at Spring Kallah shall cast one vote which will go toward the percentage allotment of votes designated to each chapter.

In order to be a voting delegate, the USYer must be in good standing with their chapter, meaning they have paid their dues.

Quorum
Quorum shall consist of one more than one-half the total delegates present. Awards
Regional awards shall be distributed at Spring Kallah.
Objectives
Spring Kallah shall serve as a convention:

  1. To elect new Regional Officers and say farewell to the seniors.
  2. To appoint new Regional General Board chairpeople.
  1. To reveal the beauty and spirit of Shabbat.
  2. To present opportunities for study and discussion about a Jewish concern.

Section 4—Senior Kallah

  1. Time & Place
    The Regional Senior Kallah shall be held at a place designed by the Regional Youth Director and Youth Commission.
  2. Attendees
    Only members in good standing of a chapter of EMTZA USY who is currently a senior or junior graduating may attend.
  3. Objectives
    1. To inform and encourage Jewish activity while on the college campus.
    2. To strengthen the unity of the senior class of EMTZA USY.
    3. To reveal the beauty and spirit of Shabbat.
    4. To present opportunities for study and discussion about Jewish concern.

Section 5—Regional Code of Conduct

Participants of the conventions of EMTZA Region USY’s shall abide by the Regional Code of Conduct as adopted by the Regional Youth Commission.

Section 1—Time of Distribution

Awards shall be distributed annually at Spring Kallah.

Section 2—Awards

Article IX—AWARDS

  1. The following awards shall be given out each year, as defined by the Regional Executive Board: 1. Chapter of the Year2. Chapters of Excellence 3. Best Chapter Newsletter 4. Best Chapter Scrapbook
  2. Additional awards shall be determined by the Regional Programming Committee, in conjunction with the Regional Executive Board.Article X—CHAPTER OF THE YEAR
  1. Chapter of the Year shall be chosen by the Regional Executive Board at Spring Kallah.
  2. The Regional Executive Board is allowed to base Chapter of the Year on other criteria if need be.
  3. Chapter of the Year is an award given to one chapter each fiscal year in USY.
  4. A chapter may be awarded Chapter of the Year consecutively if the Regional Executive Board deems that chapter to be above andbeyond the minimal guidelines.
  5. Chapters of the Excellence shall strive to achieve these six basic areas of concentration:
    1. Membership—Increase members, both active and inactive from the previous year. If not possible to increase membership, try to maintain the same number of members.
    2. Programming—Each chapter shall have at least two programs in the following categories: social action, Tikun Olam, synagogue involvement, religious education, Israel awareness, leadership building, social programming.
    3. Tikun Olam Donations—Each chapter shall donate a minimum of $6.13 per capita.
    4. Communications— Each chapter shall use web-based media, flyers and/or newsletters to promote programs, and mustsubmit all flyers and/or newsletters produced throughout the year.
    5. USY Clubs— Recruit members for Heschel, Hechalutzim, and the 613 Mitzvah Corps, while striving for all members to bepart of these organizations. Make these organizations active parts of the chapter through programming and education.
    6. Ruach—Exhibit the USY spirit and embody the values of community, Judaism, and USY.
  1. Any chapter that meets the aforementioned Chapter of the Year criteria shall be qualified to become a Chapter of Excellence.
  2. A scrapbook shall be submitted at Spring Kallah entailing all of the details above and any extra information wanted.Article XI—EMERGENCIES

The President and/or the Regional Board, with the approval of the Youth commission, may take action in areas not provided for in this Constitution when such action is necessary for the welfare of the region.

Article XII—SUPREMACY OF INTERNATIONAL USY

The Constitution of International USY is the supreme law of USY. No by-laws or resolutions of the region or of any of its chapters shall be in conflict with the policies of the Constitution of International USY.

Article XIII—CONSTITUTION AND PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Section 1—Authority of Constitution

No resolutions, by-laws decisions of the Regional Board of resolutions or by-laws of member chapters shall be valid if in conflict with the Constitution or Regional Policy.
Section 2—Interpretation of the Constitution
The Regional Board and the Youth Commission in joint consideration shall interpret this Constitution and all by-laws and resolutions of EMTZA Region USY.

Section 3—Parliamentary Authority

Parliamentary Authority of the region shall be vested in the President, having the powers called “Presidential Prerogative.”

Article XIV—AMENDMENT PROCEDURE

Section 1—Circulation of Amendments to be Considered

Proposed amendments must be circulated among congregational chapters with chapter presidents responsible for notifying the entire general membership of their respective chapter of the proposed amendments, at least 30 days prior to consideration at convention, spring and summer board meetings, but only 15 days prior to winter board meetings.
Section 2—Ratification

  1. Proposed amendments may be revised before taking a final vote.
  2. A proposed amendment shall become part of the Constitution following a 2/3 majority vote in favor of the amendment at theconvention or board meeting, providing quorum is filled.

Section 3—Publication Constitution

  1. Publication of this Constitution shall be every two years, or at the discretion of the President.
  2. Upon the ratification of an amendment by the Regional Board or Convention, the acting (or) new Constitution (or) equivalent shallpublish an errata sheet and send it to the appropriate members of the Youth Commission and the Regional Board.

    APPENDIX A

Since Article XII states the International Constitution’s supremacy, it should be noted that the said Constitution sets the following standards for Regional Executive Board members, in addition to those already stated in our Constitution:

  1. Regional officers shall keep Shabbat with respect to the response of the Rabbinical Assembly pertaining to travel, and shall refrainfrom all public functions thereon.
  2. Regional officers shall also observe the following Haggim: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Sh’mini Atzeret, Pesach, andShavuot.