The Society of Jewish Ethics

By-Laws


Article I

Name

The name of this organization shall be The Society of Jewish Ethics.


Article II

Purpose

The purpose of the Society shall be to promote scholarly work in the field of Jewish ethics and in the relation of Jewish ethics to other traditions of ethics and to social, economic, political and cultural problems; to encourage and improve the teaching of Jewish ethics in colleges, universities and theological schools; to promote an understanding of Jewish ethics within the Jewish community and society as a whole; and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally in Jewish ethics.


Article III

Membership

Section 1.  Eligibility

Membership in the SJE is open to all with a scholarly or professional interest in Jewish ethics.

Section 2.  Maintenance of Membership

Membership in the Society shall be maintained by payment of the annual dues.  Membership shall be terminated by resignation or by failure to pay annual dues.  Reinstatement of membership will automatically accompany the payment of annual dues.

Section 3.  Dues

The Board of Directors shall set membership dues, which shall run from October 1st to September 30th.


Article IV

Meetings

The Society shall hold an Annual Meeting at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors.  This meeting shall be used for the reading and discussion of scholarly papers, election of officers, and the conduct of the Society’s official business.  A quorum for conducting business at the Annual Meeting shall consist of one half of the members registered for that meeting. 


Article V

Officers

The Officers of the Society are the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Past President.

 

Section 1.  President

The President shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present and voting at the Annual Meeting of the Society and shall serve for a term of two years commencing with the adjournment of the Annual Meeting.  The President shall preside at the Annual Meeting and at the meetings of the Board of Directors.  The President, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, shall coordinate the planning and execution of the Annual Meeting and all activities associated with it.  The President shall also notify the membership of the Society about actual and proposed activities, issues facing the Society, and any policies that might affect the membership.

Section 2.  Vice President

The Vice President shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present and voting at the Annual Meeting of the Society and shall serve for a term of two years commencing with the adjournment of the Annual Meeting.  The Vice President shall be President-Designate and shall normally be elected to the office of President after the completion of a two-year term.  In the event of the absence or incapacity of the President, the Vice President shall perform presidential duties.

Section 3.  Secretary/Treasurer

The Secretary/Treasurer shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present and voting at the Annual Meeting of the Society and shall serve for a term of two years commencing with the adjournment of the Annual Meeting.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall supervise all financial affairs of the Society including, but not limited to, the collection of dues, monitoring of accounts receivable, paying bills, and keeping an accurate accounting of the Society’s funds.  At the Annual Meeting the Secretary/Treasurer will give a financial report to the Society.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall also keep an up-to-date list of the membership of the Society. 

Section 4 Past President

The immediate past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics shall automatically assume the office of Past President upon the completion of his/her term and shall serve for a term of two years commencing with the adjournment of the Annual Meeting.


Article VI

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Past President, and these positions:

  • At least three (3), and no more than four (4), members elected by majority vote of the members present and voting at the Annual Meeting. These members-at-large shall serve for two years commencing with the adjournment of the Annual Meeting.
  • Program Committee Co-Chairs, also elected by majority vote of the members present and voting at the Annual Meeting. One Program Committee Co-Chair will be selected every year, so that each individual will serve for two (2) years, once as a junior chair and once as a senior chair.
  • A representative of the Journal of Jewish Ethics, typically an Editor-in-Chief.

No person may hold more than one position on the Board of Directors simultaneously.

Excluding the representative of the Journal of Jewish Ethics, members of the Board of Directors, including officers, may serve for two consecutive terms, or a total of four (4) consecutive years in the same capacity. After an interval of at least one year, a member of the Board of Directors may be elected to the same office for not more than two additional terms. The sabbatical requirement does not apply, however, to a person changing offices.

The Board of Directors shall have the power to act on all matters concerning the Society between Annual Meetings, to establish committees, and to appoint the editor(s)-in-chief of the Journal of Jewish Ethics, as needed. It shall present to the Annual Meeting a report of its actions, which shall be subject to approval of the members present.


Article VII

Nominating Committee

A nominating committee, composed of the most recent two past presidents, will nominate candidates for open board and officer positions to the SJE board. If one of the past presidents is unable to serve, then the current president will appoint someone to fill that position.


Article VII

Ratification and Amendments

These By-Laws shall be presented for ratification at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Society.  Ratification shall require a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at the meeting.  These By-Laws shall be reviewed at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Society.  Subsequent to their initial ratification, these By-Laws may be amended by a vote of the majority of the members present and voting at the Annual Meeting, provided that the proposed amendment was included in the Call to the Meeting, or was submitted at the previous annual Meeting, or is recommended by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.  


Article VIII

Dissolution Clause

Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future Federal Tax Code, or shall be distributed to the Federal Government, or to a State or Local Government, for a public purpose.


Adopted January 11, 2003.  Most recent amendment: January 8, 2017.

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