Article I: Name
Section 1: The name of this organization shall be Ghetto Shul.
Article II: Purpose
Section 1: The purpose of Ghetto Shul shall be to create a community of involved Jewish young adults looking to engage their Judaism in a meaningful way, and provide for them a unique Shabbat experience and other religious programming.
Section 2: “Anyone who whitens another’s face (embarrasses another person) is considered as if they have spilled their blood.” Babylonian Talmud Bava Metziah 58B.
Ghetto Shul will strive to be a safe space for all its members, defined as a place where anyone can relax and be reasonably self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability, or religious practice or affiliation; a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others.
Article III: Membership
Section 1: Membership in Ghetto Shul shall be open to all who are interested, regardless of the characteristics stated above.
Section 2: In order to become a member of Ghetto Shul, one must sign the specific Brit (contract of intent) created for the given academic year and, consequently, participate in meetings and events sponsored by Ghetto Shul.
section 3: There shall be copies of the Brit (which must be reviewed by the Decision Making Process at the end of every academic year) at each Membership Meeting (See Article V), so that anyone can sign it at the beginning of a meeting.
Article IV: Working Groups
Section 1: Working Groups are subgroups of the membership pool that focus on specific tasks and decisions. Any Member can join any Working Group.
Section 2: There are four standing Working Groups to be described in this article, although other special and standing working groups can be added through the Decision Making Process (See Article VI), and even these groups are subject to change from year to year. These Working Groups are Logistics, Finance, Programming, and Outreach.
Section 3: Logistics: The purpose of this committee is to ensure the daily function of Ghetto Shul. This includes tasks such as; facilitation of Membership Meetings (including setting Meeting schedule, setting agenda, taking minutes, etc.), media and communication (eg. website, listserv, Email, Facebook, etc.), transparency, and Shabbat logistics.
Section 4: Finance: The purpose of this committee is to manage all financial affairs of the Ghetto Shul. This involves writing an annual budget, fundraising, paying bills and taxes, and ensuring the legality of the institution.
Section 5: Programming: The purpose of this committee is to enrich the Ghetto Shul community with creative, educational, and recreational activities. This includes both weekly events and special seasonal programming.
Section 6: Outreach: The purpose of this committee is to inform students about the Ghetto Shul, and to ensure a constant influx of new students. This includes special programming geared to first year students and creating a public Ghetto Shul presence in the greater campus area.
Section 7: Each working group is to have a designated leader, namely the Working Group Leader.
Section 8: This leader is to be appointed for a one year term by the Members of the corresponding working group. Then the appointed Working Group Leader must be confirmed by the Ghetto Shul Members through the Decision Making Process (See Article VI).
Section 9: This process of Working Group Leader confirmation is to happen at the last meeting of the Fall semester.
Section 10: Working Group Leaders are responsible for the facilitation of their corresponding working groups.
Section 11: Working Groups are to make decisions pertaining to their specific obligations among themselves. When Working Groups can not come to a decision or are presented with a decision that should be addressed by every member of the community, the decision will be referred to the Decision Making Process (See Article VI).
Article V: Membership Meetings
Section 1: Membership Meetings are meetings held every three weeks, starting the second week of each semester.
Section 2: Every meeting, someone from the Logistics Working Group is responsible for facilitating the Membership Meeting. This means that they must create an agenda prior to the meeting.
Section 3: Every meeting will have designated time for the working groups to meet and discuss pending issues. Afterwards one member of each Working group is to present to the entire Ghetto Shul community what they discussed, in an attempt to create full transparency.
Section 4: To conclude each meeting, there will be time allocated to the Decision Making Process (See Article VI) and open forum discussion.
Article VI: Decision Making Process
Section 1: The Decision Making Process is the process in which all motions brought to the attention of the Ghetto Shul Members at Membership Meetings, shall be decided upon.
Section 2: Any Member or Working Group has the right to commence the Decision Making Process during a Membership Meeting.
Section 3: The budget and any extraneous financial expenses must be made through the Decision Making Process.
Section 4: Once a motion has been presented, there will be a Preliminary Vote.
Section 5: The Preliminary Vote is to decide whether the motion will be voted on at the current Membership Meeting, or the following Membership meeting (or a special meeting devoted only to discussion of the specific motion).
Section 6: A simple majority will be enough to decide on the Preliminary Vote (the use of hand raising will suffice). If there is no majority, then the Deciding Vote (as described later) must happen at the next Membership Meeting.
Section 7: If a Preliminary Vote yields that the motion will be decided upon at the current Membership Meeting, there will be a maximum of 30 minutes of deliberation followed by a Deciding Vote.
Section 8: The Deciding Vote is to decide whether or not to approve the motion (the use of hand raising will suffice). If and only if there is a ⅔ Majority who approve the motion in the Deciding vote, then the motion shall be approved.
Section 9: If the Preliminary Vote yields that the motion will be decided upon at the next Membership Meeting, then the motion and its specific issues must be publicised and made clear that they will be discussed in the following Membership Meeting (this is the responsibility of the Logistics Working Group).
Section 10: At the following Membership Meeting there is to be a maximum of two hours spent deliberating the aforementioned motion and its surrounding issues.
Section 11: If a member feels that at the end of the two hours, there has not been ample deliberation to make an informed decision, he or she may call for another Preliminary Vote to postpone the Deciding Vote to the following Membership Meeting.
Section 12: At the end of deliberation, whether it be at the following Membership Meeting or a subsequent Membership Meeting, there will be a Deciding Vote.
Section 13: In this case, and only in this case (where the original Preliminary Vote yielded that there be further discussion and that the motion be decided upon at a later Meeting, namely the current meeting), the Deciding vote must be a silent vote, and there must be at least 50% of Ghetto Shul Members present.
Section 14: If and only if there is a ⅔ Majority who vote to approve the motion, then the motion shall be approved. There are no exceptions, even on time bound matters (deliberation will need to continue until a 2/3 Majority is reached).
Section 15: All Members count equally in the Decision Making Process, i.e. all Members have one vote. One can choose to abstain from voting.
Section 16: Only Members who are present at the given Membership Meeting (i.e. can hear the discussion surrounding the motion and its issues) will have a vote in the Decision Making process.
Article VII: Amendments
Section 1: Amendments can be made to this constitution.
Section 2: Amendments must be made and approved through the Decision Making Process, although the Deciding Vote must be unanimous (as opposed to a ⅔ majority).
Section 3: Amendments made for the purposes of conforming to the know charitable laws of 2013 can be made by the Finance committee alone.
Article VIII: Ratification
Section 1: This Constitution must be ratified by a unanimous vote.