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NAME AND OBJECTS:
1(a) This Congregation shall be named “The Manchester Great, New and Central Synagogue.”
  (b) The advancement of the Jewish Religion for the benefit of the public.
  (c) The advancement of Jewish Religious Education/
  (d) Such other charitable purposes as the Trustees shall from time to time decide.

RELIGIOUS DIRECTION :
2. The religious direction of the Synagogue shall in all respects conform with the Code of Jewish Law known as the Shulchan Aruch.
3. Where the Shulchan Aruch permits, the Minister shall rule on local customs.
4. The order of prayer is that of “Nusach Ashkenaz.”
5. The content of services shall be decided by the Minister after consultation with the Warden’s Sub-Committee PROVIDED ALWAYS that such decision shall be consistent with the Shulchan Aruch.
6. In the case of a dispute or doubt concerning the religious direction of this Congregation, it shall be open to the Honorary Officers of the Synagogue to refer a decision of the Minister to the Manchester Beth Din or to the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the British Commonwealth. The ruling of the said Beth Din or the Chief Rabbi shall be final and binding upon this Congregation.

MEMBERSHIP :
7. Any Jew or Jewess deemed as such to satisfy the requirements of the Shulchan Aruch wishing to become a member of the Congregation shall make written application to the Secretary of the Congregation on such form as shall be provided for the purpose. This application shall be considered by the Honorary Officers whose decision shall be subject to ratification by the Committee. No married Jew shall be accepted for membership unless his wife shall be deemed a Jewess as aforesaid. A lady member including a married lady shall be entitled to the same rights and privileges of membership as a male member including (inter alia) the right to vote at General Meetings of this Congregation; the right to be nominated and elected to the General Committee and Sub-Committee of this Congregation and the right to vote thereat save and except that a lady member shall not be entitled to be nominated nor take up office in this Congregation as an Honorary Officer, Trustee and Honorary Life Officer nor a member of the Warden’s Sub-Committee nor shall she be allowed to take any active part in the performance of any of the religious rituals which are forbidden to a female in accordance with the Shulchan Aruch.
8. The Committee shall have power to refuse an application for membership without the necessity of explanation
9. Every member shall make payment of an annual sum which amounts to the total of the annual membership subscription and the annual payment of the Burial Board of this Congregation (“The Burial Board”), unless that member shall show to the reasonable satisfaction of the Honorary Officers written evidence that he has existing burial rights in another Jewish Burial Organisation (“External Burial Right”) and that his external burial rights will be retained by him.
10. Every person upon being accepted as a member of the Congregation in accordance with clause 7 hereof (“a Member”) shall pay that proportion of the annual membership fee and Burial Board fee on a pro-rata basis to the end of the Synagogue’s financial year.
11. In the event of a person being accepted as a member of the Congregation as aforesaid, he shall pay the entrance fee to the Burial Board calculated on a scale according to the age of the Applicant, and where applicable, to the age of his spouse, unless a member shall show evidence in accordance with clause 9 hereof that he has external burial rights.
12. The decision of the Honorary Officers in respect of the amount of such entrance fee shall be final and binding.
13. A member shall pay membership fees with or without Burial Board payments in accordance with clause 9 hereof at such times and upon such terms as the Honorary Treasurer together with one other Honorary Officer shall together decide subject to the approval at a subsequent meeting of the Executive.
14. (a) A member whose account is 12 months in arrear shall be liable to forfeit the rights and privileges of receiving notices to attend, attending, nominating, voting or being elected or co-opted as an Honorary Officer, Trustee, Honorary Life Officer or Committee Member at any General Meeting of this Congregation, if the Honorary Officers shall in their absolute discretion think fit.
(b) A member whose account is 12 months in arrear shall also be liable to be deprived of all rights and privileges of membership whatsoever in this Congregation provided that such deprivation shall be ratified by the Committee who may impose such terms as the Committee shall in their absolute discretion think fit. This decision will be communicated to the last known address of the member.
(c) A member whose spouse shall not be deemed Jewish shall automatically forfeit all rights and privileges of membership forthwith save that he/she can, if he/she so wishes, upon continuing to make appropriate annual Burial Board payments, retain his/her rights of a Jewish burial.
15. Membership of this Congregation does not entitle a member to any specific seat in the Synagogue.
16. A member wishing to resign membership of this Congregation (“A Resigning Member”) shall give not less than 3 calendar months notice in writing to the Secretary at the office of this Congregation. Any notice received by the Congregation from a resigning member shall be accepted without prejudice to the recovery of any money owing by a resigning member to this Congregation. Upon serving such notice a resigning member shall be deemed to relinquish and resign from any position held by that resigning member as an Honorary Officer, Trustee or Committee Member.

GOVERNMENT
17. The Congregation shall be governed by a Committee consisting of 12 elected Committee members of whom no more than six shall be female, the Chairperson of the Ladies Guild or Designated Deputy, the Honorary Officers, a minimum of 4 Trustees and a maximum of 6 Trustees of the Congregation, and the retiring Honorary Officers for one year only.
18. No member shall be eligible for election to membership of the Committee unless he shall be a fully paid up member and shall have been a member for a period of at least 18 months prior to the date of his proposed election.
19. The Honorary Officers shall be defined as the holders of the respective offices of President, Vice-President, Warden, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Immediate Past President and Honorary Life Officers. No person shall be eligible for election as an Honorary Officer unless he shall previously have served at least 2 years on the Committee. Honorary Officers and Trustees shall not be seen to desecrate the sanctity of the Shabbat and shall conduct themselves in a manner befitting an Officer of an Orthodox Synagogue.
20. No member of the Congregation shall be eligible for election as a Trustee of the Congregation unless he has served 10 years (not necessarily consecutively) on the Committee. Trusteeship shall be limited to fully paid up members.
21. No member of the Congregation shall be eligible for election as an Elder of the Congregation unless:-
(a) He has served 20 years as a member of the Committee
(b) He has served 16 years of which at least 6 years have been as an Honorary Officer.
22. The nomination of Trustee or of an Elder shall be, at first instance, by the Committee, subject to ratification at the next General Meeting of this Congregation.
23. Those members of the Congregation who shall have been appointed to the Office of Honorary Past Officer prior to the date of adoption of this Revised Constitution by the General Meeting of the Congregation shall remain as Honorary Past Officers but shall enjoy the same rights and privileges as Elders of the Congregation whether or not they qualify within the conditions set out in the immediately preceding clause of this Constitution. Similarly, Elders appointed prior to the date of adoption shall in any event remain as Elders from the date of adoption of this revised Constitution. No further Honorary Past Officers shall be appointed.
24. No Honorary Officer shall be entitled to remain in the same Honorary Office for more than 3 consecutive years. No person shall be entitled to hold any Honorary Office previously held by him unless he shall have ceased to hold that Honorary Office for a period of not less than one year.
25. In the event of a President retiring his office, he becomes the Immediate Past President. If the President shall be removed by a resolution duly passed at a General Meeting of the Synagogue, the then Immediate Past President shall retain his office.
26. The Committee members shall retire annually but shall be eligible for re-election without nomination.
27. The Committee shall meet for the transaction of business at least 7 times per annum with no interval exceeding 2 months between meetings.
28. Nine members of the Committee shall form a quorum at any meeting of the Committee.
29. The Committee shall appoint the Minister, the Reader, the Secretary and any other Stipendiary of the Congregation provided always that such appointment shall be ratified before it shall take effect by a General Meeting. The appointment of caretakers and/or domestic cleaners shall not require ratification by a General Meeting.
30. In the event that the Committee shall desire to dismiss a Stipendiary of the Congregation, the Committee shall merely be empowered to make a recommendation for consideration by a General Meeting for such dismissal which General Meeting shall be called on 14 days notice. The limits shall run from the day upon which the said notices shall have been sent.
31. Elections in Committee, Sub-Committee or at General meetings shall be conducted by a closed ballot. In the event of an equality of votes cast, the Chairman of the relevant meeting shall be entitled to a second, casting vote.
32. When a Committee, Sub-Committee or General Meeting shall be duly summoned and a quorum cannot be constituted, the Chairman of such meeting shall, if in his absolute discretion he shall think fit, from the members then present, (provided there are not less than 7 members at a Committee Meeting, 4 at a Sub-Committee Meeting and 15 at a General Meeting) form a Special Committee for the purpose of the business before the meeting which Special Meeting shall be invested with all the powers of the full meeting which it replaces. All decisions of such meeting shall be subject to ratification at the next Quorate Meeting.
33. At the first meeting of the Committee after each annual General Meeting, the Committee shall appoint from its members of the Committee the following Sub-Committees, namely (a.) Finance Sub-Committee (b.) Warden’s Sub-Committee (c) House Sub-Committee (d). Burial Board Sub-Committee The Committee shall appoint any ad hoc Committees as may from time to time be necessary.
34. Any Sub-Committee shall be empowered to deal with all matters of detail relevant to that Sub- Committee and to report to the Committee its recommendations from time to time. Except as authorised by the Committee no Sub-Committee shall be entitled to take decisions which are binding upon the Congregation.
35. Each Sub-Committee mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d) inclusive in clause 33 hereof shall meet periodically and shall report its findings to the next Committee meeting.
36. The Chairman of the Warden’s Sub-Committee shall be the Warden; the Chairman of the Finance Sub-Committee shall be the Honorary Treasurer; the Chairman of the other Sub-Committees shall be Honorary Officers. The Committee shall appoint a Chairman for any ad hoc Committee.
37. Sub-Committees shall be duly constituted for a period commencing on the first Committee Meeting after each succeeding Annual General Meeting.
38. A member may be nominated to any Honorary Office and for Committee by two other members subject to clauses 7 and 19 hereof.
39. The Honorary Secretary shall prepare an election list based on the nomination forms and in the event of there remaining vacancies on that list it shall be completed by the Honorary Officers. This completed list will be distributed to members at least two weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting. The list shall contain a record of attendances at Committee meetings during the year.
40. The Annual General Meeting shall take place within the 28 day period prior to Shavuot. Twenty eight days notice shall be given to the members together with an invitation to submit nominations if they so wish.
41. The Annual General Meeting of the members shall be convened for the purpose of approving minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting; the Annual Reports and Accounts of the Synagogue; to elect the Honorary Officers, Committee and relevant delegates for the ensuing year and such other business as the President shall from time to time decide.
42. Each of the Honorary Officers (other than the Immediate Past President) shall retire annually but shall be eligible for re-election without re-nomination.
43. No member shall be nominated for nor hold more than one Honorary office.
44. The election of Honorary Officers and Committees shall be carried out by ballot under the supervision of a Presiding Officer appointed by the Executive. That Officer shall not himself be a nominee. The Honorary Secretary shall provide him with a complete list of members who possess the right to vote. The Presiding Officer shall provide each eligible elector with one ballot paper on which he shall cast his votes for the Honorary Officers and not more than 12 candidates for Committee. After the Chairman has declared the poll closed, the scrutineers appointed by the meeting shall ascertain the results of the election and prepare a list signed by them for the Chairman of the meeting who shall then announce the results of the election which shall be recorded in the Minutes. The ballot papers shall be preserved for a period of 3 months after the General Meeting.
45. If two or more candidates receive an equal number of votes, the Chairman shall be entitled to a second or casting vote. If he so desires he may, however, direct that a further ballot between them shall be taken.
46. The election of Committee Members shall not take place until the completion of the election of all the Honorary Officers.
47. When any member shall have been duly nominated for any one of the Honorary Offices, his name shall automatically be entered upon the nomination list of members duly nominated for the Committee if he is an existing Committee Member. When a member has been duly elected to one of the Honorary Offices, his name shall then be removed from the nomination list for Committee.
48. Representatives to any Communal body or organisation shall be elected when it is appropriate to do so. Representatives to the Board of Deputies of British Jews shall be elected in accordance with the rules of that Board. Representatives to Communal Bodies or organisations shall be required to make periodical reports on request.
49. Thirty members shall form a quorum at any General Meeting of members of the Congregation.
50. The Honorary Officers and the Committee shall hold office from the time of their election at the relevant Annual General Meeting until the elections (whether or not contested) at the next Annual General Meeting. The new Honorary Officers shall not take their seats in the Honorary Officers box until the first day of Shavuot before the Reading of the Law.
51. Should any Honorary Officer vacate his Honorary Office the vacancy may be filled by election by the Committee within 21 days from the time of such vacancy. In the event that the vacancy arose upon death, the person elected to fill the vacancy shall not occupy the appointed seat in the Synagogue for such Honorary Officer during the period of Sheloshim. Any person elected to fill the vacancy and fulfilling the residue of the annual term of that office shall be entitled to such privileges as though he had occupied that office for the whole of the annual term.
52. The President, Vice-President, Honorary Treasurer, Warden and Honorary Secretary shall, when in Synagogue during Friday evening Shabbat morning, Yomtov Evening and Yomtov Morning occupy those seats in the Synagogue as are specially appointed for them.
53. For the purposes of clause 51 a vacancy shall be caused by the happening of any of the following events:- (a) The voluntary resignation of an Honorary Officer (b) The death of an Honorary Officer (c) The Honorary Officer becoming a patient within the meaning or the Mental Health Act 1983 or subsequent enactments (d) The Honorary Officer absenting himself from three successive Committee Meetings without the consent of the President (e) Upon being impeached by the Committee for conduct which conduct is likely to have a serious effect upon the good name of the Congregation. Such impeachment shall not be passed by the Committee unless the following procedure has been specifically adhered to:- (i) At least 14 clear days notice in writing on an impeachment meeting at which a proposal to impeach is to be considered shall have been given to a member so accused and (ii) That the notice in accordance with sub-clause (i) above shall indicate the right of the member to make written representations prior to the impeachment meeting and to attend to make all representations thereat and (iii) the quorum for such impeachment meeting shall be at least 15 persons eligible to attend and vote at a Committee meeting and (iv) the proposal is carried upon a majority of at least 75% of the members of the Committee at the meeting
54. A Trustee shall become automatically disqualified from his trusteeship if the following events shall happen:- Any of the events listed in clause 53 (b), (c) or (e)
55. Similarly should any member of the Committee vacate his office the same procedures as set out in clause 51 shall relate.
56. The Committee shall upon a simple majority have the right to co-opt a full member to serve on the Committee subject to there being a maximum of 14 Committee members. The right of co-opting shall in any event be subject to the provisions of clause 26 of the Constitution.
DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT
57. The President shall preside at such General Meetings and Committee Meetings as he shall attend and, in addition to this, shall be entitled to a casting vote.
58. In cases of vital importance to the continuing welfare of the Synagogue, and in the event of an emergency, when the President is unable to call an urgent Committee Meeting or Executive Meeting, he shall have the discretion to make decisions thereon subject only to the ultimate ratification of the Committee at the next meeting of the Committee.
59. The President shall convene by a circular stating the business of the meeting all General Meetings and Committee Meetings subject to clause 27 of this Constitution.
60. Special General Meetings may be convened by the President whenever he deems it necessary, or on a request signed by at least 8 members of the Committee, or by at least 25 members of the Congregation. The object of such meeting shall be stated and must be in accordance with the Constitution. Such meeting shall be held not later than 28 days after the presentation of the request, members having been given at least 14 days notice thereof.
61. The President shall sign all contracts for the Synagogue upon being authorised to do so by the Committee.
62. The President shall refer all correspondence, petitions, proposals and other matters of which he has written notice to the next appropriate Committee Meeting and provide details where appropriate at the earliest opportunity.
63. The President shall be furnished with an up to date written Inventory of all assets of the Synagogue upon taking office. That Inventory shall include but not be limited to all Title Deeds, Stocks, Share Certificates, Silver and Sifrei Torah. This Inventory shall be kept up to date from time to time in respect of acquisitions, disposals or re-valuations. Upon vacating his Office he shall hand over such Inventory to his Successor.
64. The President shall ensure that Minutes of all meetings of the Synagogue are taken and correctly recorded in the Minutes Book kept for that purpose.
65. Should either the Warden or the Honorary Treasurer be temporarily unable to perform the duties of their respective Office then the President shall himself or request one of the other Honorary Officers to officiate in a temporary capacity. In the event that no other Honorary Officer will so officiate then the President shall call a meeting of the Committee to resolve for the appointment of a member of the Committee to officiate in a temporary capacity.
66. The President shall on completing his term of office become the Immediate Past President and while he occupies that position, he shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive and of the Committee.
DUTIES OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT
67. The Vice- President shall perform all duties of the President in the event of the President vacating his office during the middle of his term of office until a new President has been duly elected.
68. In the event of the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall preside at all meetings of the Congregation at which the President would normally preside.
DUTIES OF THE WARDEN
69. The Warden shall be responsible for the conduct of all services in the Synagogue and for the allocation of Mitzvot subject to guidance by the Minister on matters of Halachah.
70. The Warden shall preside at the Reading of the Torah.
71. In the absence of the Warden, his duties shall be assumed temporarily by the person officiating instead in accordance with clause 65 above.
72. The Warden shall call meetings of the Wardens Sub-Committee to consider matters affecting Synagogue services as and when required and shall give a report to the next full Committee Meeting. The Minister shall be entitled to attend and speak in consultation with Honorary Officers.
73. The Warden in consultation with other Honorary Officers will recommend to the General Committee the names of members considered to be worthy of the honour of Choson Torah and Choson Bereishis.
74. The Warden, in conjunction with the Minister, shall be responsible for the compilation of the timetables for the services.
75. The Warden shall be responsible for the maintenance and repair and supply of Sifrei Torah, Siddurim and Chumashim.
DUTIES OF THE TREASURER
76. The Treasurer shall receive and be responsible for all monies belonging to the congregation and shall arrange for the deposit with the Bankers of the Congregation all monies and negotiable instruments received by him on account of the Congregation.
77. He shall make payments as the President or Committee may direct in accordance with the terms laid down in this Constitution.
78. All payments made by cheque shall be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President.
79. He shall not give any receipt of acknowledgement for, or on behalf of, the Congregation to parties who place monies in the hands of the Congregation on trust, unless such acknowledgement is attested by the President and witnessed by the Honorary Secretary; without such attestation the Congregation shall not be responsible.
80. He shall not make repayments of Trust monies without an order from the Committee.
81. He shall, when entering on his official duties, be furnished with an up to date list of all members and their addresses and he shall, on retiring from office, deliver such a list to his Successor.
82. He shall, when entering on his official duties, be furnished with a full statement of accounts, together with all monies books and papers relevant to his office and he shall on retiring therefrom, deliver these to his Successor.
83. He shall be responsible for the upkeep of proper books of accounts and shall present to the Committee, when requested, statements of accounts.
84. He shall, if requested, produce the Bank Statements at the monthly meeting of the Committee.
85. He shall be empowered to solicit donations and gifts on behalf of the Synagogue from celebrants of Births, Barmitzvahs, Weddings etc.
86. He shall, as soon as possible after the end of the financial year, present the accounts of the Congregation to the Honorary Independent Examiners for checking and shall submit their report to a meeting of the Committee.
87. The Annual Report, which shall be printed and circulated among the members of the Congregation not less than 7 days before the Annual General Meeting, shall contain a Balance Sheet and Financial Report of the Congregation checked by the Independent Examiners.
88. He shall see that all buildings, properties and chattels belonging to and /or on loan to the Congregation are fully insured, deposit the policies with the Bank, and pay the premiums when they become due for payment.
89. The Treasurer shall have the right to institute legal proceedings for recovery of an account, subject to approval by the Executive.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
90. The Executive Committee – three of which shall form a quorum – shall meet for the transaction of business when called by the President
91. They shall receive all applications for the solemnisation of marriages, decide the charges to be made, and approve of all arrangements appertaining thereto.
92. They shall have minutes taken of proceedings at their meetings. Any member of the Congregation may be invited by the President to attend any meeting in an advisory capacity.
93. Members of the Executive Committee are members of all sub-committees appointed by the Committee.
94. Whereas Synagogue expenditure requires ratification by the Committee, the Executive shall be empowered to incur expenditure up to a maximum sum on any item which sum shall be set by resolution of the Committee from time to time.
95. All accounts owing by the Synagogue shall be authorised prior to payment thereof by the signature of the appropriate Honorary Officer.
DUTIES OF THE HONORARY INDEPENDENT EXAMINERS
96. The Honorary Independent Examiners shall be qualified Accountants and shall be appointed
at each Annual General Meeting.
97. The Honorary Independent Examiners shall check the accounts of the Congregation and shall examine the receipts and payments and shall extend to all the books of the Congregation and the Honorary Independent Examiners shall have power at all times to require the production of all books, documents and information that they may deem necessary for the purpose of a complete examination.
98. The Honorary Independent Examiners shall sign the Annual Balance Sheet and shall report thereon to the Committee in writing.

HONORARY SOLICITOR

100. An Honorary Solicitor to the Congregation may be appointed at each Annual General Meeting. All matters of a contractual or legal nature shall be referred to him for advice and action.
PERSONS MARRYING IN THE SYNAGOGUE

101. Persons of the Jewish Faith may have their marriages solemnised at this
Synagogue on payment of such sum as the Executive Committee
deem proper.
102. Persons intending to have a marriage solemnised in this Synagogue must give notice in writing to the Executive Committee not less than thirty days before the proposed marriage and, after receiving permission, shall produce a Certificate of Registry, and pay all charges, fees (and arrears if any) before the marriage is solemnised.
103. No marriage shall be solemnised at or in connection with this Synagogue without the written permission of the Chief Rabbinate.
104. Should the Ceremony be solemnised at another Orthodox Synagogue, or at a private residence or Hall (which, however, can be permitted only with the sanction of the Executive Committee), a suitable amount, to be determined by the Executive Committee, shall be paid to the funds of this Congregation.
105. The Executive shall appoint (subject to confirmation by the Board of Deputies and the Registrar General) two Secretaries for Marriages, one of whom shall be present at all Marriages solemnised in this Synagogue, to register the marriage.
106. No minister of any other Congregation shall officiate at or otherwise take part in a Marriage Ceremony held in the Synagogue without the prior permission of the Executive Committee and Minister. Celebrants desirous of inviting a visiting Minister and/or Reader to assist in the Marriage Ceremony shall give at least 30 days notice to the Marriage Secretary.
APPOINTMENT OF MINISTER AND READER/S
107. The appointment of Minister and Reader/s shall be ratified at a General Meeting of the Congregation. The ratification shall be decided by ballot of the members present. In the case of the appointment of a Minister, the candidate shall hold a Rabbinical Diploma or Certificate recognised by the Chief Rabbinate of the United Hebrew Congregation of the British Commonwealth.
108. No person shall be appointed Minister of this Synagogue without the sanction of the Chief Rabbinate.
109. The initial salaries of the Minister and Reader/s shall be determined by the Executive Committee. Alterations in the salaries of the Minister or Reader/s having been reported to the committee may be approved by the Executive Committee only, unless such an increase necessitates an increase in members subscriptions, in which case approval can be given only by a general meeting of members.
110. On appointment the Minister or Reader/s shall, as a condition of his appointment, sign an agreement relating to the performance of his duties, the terms of his office and the salary attached thereto.
SALARIED OFFICIALS
111. Salaried Officials shall be appointed to existing posts as necessary by the Executive Committee, such appointments to be subsequently approved by the Committee.
112. Any proposal for the creation of a new salaried post must be approved by the Committee prior to any appointment being made.
113. Salaries of the officials and any alterations thereto shall be made by the Executive Committee.
114. When a person is engaged to serve as a Salaried Official he shall, as a condition of his appointment, sign an agreement relating to the performance of his duties, his tenure of Office and the salary attached thereto. All matters incidental to such duties or Office shall be determined by the Executive committee.
115. Should there be any breach of the agreement on the part of the Official, the Executive Committee shall take such steps as they deem necessary with the approval of the Committee.
116. All paid Officials of the Congregation on attaining the age of 65 years shall retire, always provided that it shall be in the power of the Committee, on the advice and recommendation of the Executive Committee, to extend their appointment on an annual basis, from year to year.
DUTIES OF THE MINISTER
117. He shall carry out all the religious duties of his Office in accordance with the established customs and ceremonies of traditional Orthodox Judaism under the guidance of the Chief Rabbinate of the United Hebrew Congregation of the British Commonwealth.
118. He shall attend in the Synagogue in suitable attire whenever Tefillah is to be held and be present at least five minutes prior to the time fixed for the service.
119. He shall deliver regular discourses in the Synagogue on Shabbat and Festivals and on other occasions when required by the Executive Committee.
120. He shall be present in suitable attire to solemnise all marriages whenever held and provide an acceptable substitute in the event of his non-availability.
121 He shall be present in suitable attire at funerals or tombstone consecrations for members, their wives, their respective parents or their unmarried children and at any other funeral when required by the Executive committee, and attend at the house of Mourning for the purpose of offering spiritual consolation to the mourners.
122. He shall not be engaged in business directly or indirectly, neither shall he enter into nor follow any profession or vocation whatsoever other than his official duties, except by permission in writing of the Executive.
123. The Minister shall perform such other Ministerial duties in the Synagogue or in connection with its members or other persons of the Jewish faith in the district served by the congregation as shall be delegated to him by the Executive Committee.
124. If he neglects to perform any of his duties he shall be called before the Executive Committee and upon continued neglect he shall be called to appear before the Committee to be dealt with as it may deem proper.
DUTIES OF THE READER/S
125. He/ they shall attend in the Synagogue in suitable attire whenever Tefillah is to be held and be present at least five minutes prior to the time fixed for the Service.
126. He/they shall perform all the religious duties of the Office in accordance with the established forms and ceremonies of traditional Orthodox Judaism.
127. He/they shall conduct Tefillah in the Synagogue on Shabbat and Festivals and on all other occasions when required, as prescribed by the Warden or his deputy.
128. He/they shall be present in suitable attire at funerals or tombstone consecrations for members, their wives, respective parents or their unmarried children and at any other funeral when required by the Executive Committee and read the Burial Service, if required.
129. He/they shall be present in suitable attire at all marriages, solemnise the ceremony and say grace before and after the repast prepared on such occasions.
130. He/they shall not be engaged or concerned in business directly or indirectly, neither shall he/they enter into or follow any profession or vacation whatsoever other than his/their official duties, except by permission in writing of the Executive.
131. He/they shall, whenever required by the Committee perform such other duties not herein set forth as may be consistent with his/their office.
132. If he/they neglect/s to perform any of his/their duties, he/they shall be called before the Executive Committee and, for continued neglect, shall be called before the Committee to be dealt with as it deems proper.
DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY/ADMINISTRATOR
133. The Secretary/Administrator, under the direction of the Treasurer, shall keep proper accounts of this Congregation and shall prepare accounts for membership and other monies due to this Congregation.
134. He/she shall, under the direction of the Honorary Secretary, conduct all correspondence as directed by the Executive committee and keep duplicate copies of same.
135 He/she shall prepare an inventory of all movable property of the Congregation
136. He/she shall, as directed, issue notice of all relevant meetings to members of the Committee, Sub-Committees and of the Congregation.
137. He/she shall prepare forms for elections in the Congregation in accordance with the Laws regulating these.
138. He/she shall keep a register of requisite details of members and their families.
139. He/shall keep a register of all Yahrzeit dates and shall notify members of the imminence of such dates at least 8 days before the day of Yahrzeit.
140. He/she shall keep confidential the proceedings and affairs of the Congregation.
141. He/she shall not allow any person to inspect the books, papers or documents in his/her possession, whether belonging to the Congregation or placed in trust, nor permit any of them to be removed from his/her custody nor any copy or extract to be made therefrom, without obtaining permission in writing from a member of the Executive Committee.
142. He/she shall attend in the office of the Synagogue at the times appointed by the Executive Committee for the purpose of attending to enquiries of members and for conducting the affairs of the Congregation.
143. He/she shall sign in his/her official capacity any receipts for amounts paid to him for the Congregation, and shall sign letters ordered to be written by him/her as Secretary
PROPERTY LEFT AT SYNAGOGUE
144. Property (Talleisim, Prayer Books etc) of members, visitors or Salaried Officials left on the premises of the Synagogue, whether in a locker or otherwise, remains at the sole risk of the depositor. All persons using pegs or receptacles available for overcoats, umbrellas, etc, whether in a place set apart as a cloakroom or otherwise, do so at their own risk. No claim whatsoever can be entertained by the Congregation for any loss damage or exchange sustained in respect of any such property.
NOTICES, GIFTS, ETC.
145. No proclamation shall be made in the Synagogue Buildings, nor any notice affixed in any part thereof, without the previous consent of the President or in his absence one of the Honorary Officers.
146. No communication to the Press or public announcements concerning the Synagogue or the Congregation are to be made without prior approval of the President.
147. No appurtenances are to be fixed without the prior approval of the President.
148. Inscriptions on gifts to the Synagogue must first be approved by the Executive Committee.
THE BURIAL BOARD
149. The Synagogues’s Burial Board shall be administered by the Burial Board Sub-Committee (“Chevra Kadisha”) appointed by the Synagogue Committee.
150. Unmarried children up to the age of 21 years are covered by their parents subscriptions.
151. A member who marries out of the Jewish faith forfeits the right of privileges for his or her spouse and any children of the marriage unless they are recognised as members of the Jewish faith.
152. In the event of the death of a member or his wife, a second wife or husband may join the Burial Board subject to an entrance fee to be determined by the Burial Board Sub-Committee.
153. All benefits of membership may be cancelled if a member’s subscription is more than six months in arrear.
154. On the death of a member, spouse or an unmarried child under the age of 21, the Burial Board will provide a burial plot, tahara, a coffin and the requisite number of conveyances.
155. In the event of any additional expenses being levied by the Funeral Directors these are to be met by the estate of the deceased or by the family.
156. A plot may be reserved by a member at a charge to be determined from time to time by the Burial Board Sub-Committee. No exchange or transfer of a reserved plot will be permitted.
LAWS AND REGULATIONS
157. In case of any doubt arising as to the correct interpretation of any clause of these laws, the president’s decision shall be accepted as final and acted upon until the next General Meeting.
158. Notices of motions for consideration at an Annual or any General Meeting shall be given to the Secretary/Administrator not less than 28 days before the date of the meeting. The purpose of such motions must be stated on the notice to members to attend such General Meeting.
159. All other matters or circumstances which may arise from time to time, and for which these laws do not provide shall be settled and arranged agreeably to these laws, or as the Committee decide. Such additions shall be approved by the next General Meeting of the Congregation.
160. All Laws and Regulations heretofore in existence for the guidance of the Congregation are annulled and abrogated, and it is hereby declared by all the members that the present Code of Laws shall be the only Laws in existence for the future government and conduct of this Congregation, together with such additional Laws as may hereafter from time to time be passed and adopted.
161. A copy of these Laws shall be made available to every present and future member, and it shall be a condition of membership that he be bound thereby.
162. These Laws were passed and adopted at a General Meeting of members of the Manchester Great and New Synagogue held on 20th May 1993 at which it was also resolved that they should come into operation on the same day.
 

Mon, 26/06/17 | 2 Tammuz 5777

 Shabbat Korach

Shabbat begins at 9:27pm

Candle lighting is between 7:56 pm and 8:05 pm

Shabbat ends 11:00 pm


SHABBAT SHALOM

 

 

 

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