Alumni Chai Society

SYRACUSE HEBREW DAY SCHOOL
CHARTER & BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I
NAME
The Chai Society

ARTICLE II
MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Chai Society shall be to enhance the quality and stature of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, to engage alumni in theSyracuse Hebrew Day School community and its future, and to support their active interest and involvement in Jewish education.

ARTICLE III
CORE VALUES OF THE CHAI SOCIETY
A. Support: We encourage volunteer service to, and financial support of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School.
B. Community: We engage with the Syracuse Hebrew Day School’s faculty, staff, students, and friends to create and promote relationships within the Syracuse Hebrew Day School community and to build connections with the community at large.
C. Education: We believe in Jewish learning and support the Syracuse Hebrew Day School’s mission to provide quality general and Judaic studies to children who seek to grow and realize their potential within this educational framework. We are dedicated to the support and development of students, and to the enterprise of individual learning.
D. Excellence: We are committed to the Syracuse Hebrew Day School’s dedication to excellence and we seek to promote quality in its educational endeavors. We strive to identify and create new opportunities for growth and meaning within the Syracuse Hebrew Day School community.

ARTICLE IV
GOALS
A. To promote the principles of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School among alumni, within the Syracuse Hebrew Day School community, and to the larger community.
B. To promote the participation of alumni in all aspects of Jewish life.
C. To promote the professional objectives and interests of the members of the Society.
D. To build mutually beneficial relationships between alumni of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, its administration, faculty, and students.
E. Members of the Chai Society are expected to observe and comply with all applicable policies and procedures identified in writing of Syracuse Hebrew Day.

ARTICLE V
GOVERNANCE
SECTION 1. CHAI SOCIETY EXECUTIVE COUNCIL: The Executive Council shall work in cooperation with and subject to the authority of the President and the Board of Trustees of Syracuse Hebrew Day School. The Council shall consist of no fewer than 4 and no more than 8 members.
SECTION 2. TERM OF OFFICE: The Executive Council members shall serve for a period of two years. A Council member may serve for up to two consecutive terms. Half the Council shall be selected each year.
SECTION 3. NOMINATIONS: Council members shall be selected by nominations from the membership of the Society, and approved by the membership either by mail or at a meeting of the Society.
SECTION 4. OFFICERS The Chai Society shall elect a Chairperson, Vice-chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary to serve for a period of two years. An officer may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

ARTICLE VI
DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL:
A. Coordinate the activities of the Chai Society.
B. Appoint such committees as are necessary to carry out the mission of the Chai Society.
C. Plan and coordinate the membership program of the Chai Society.
D. Maintain an accurate record of Chai Society meetings.

ARTICLE VII
MEETINGS
SECTION 1.  MEETINGS. The Syracuse Hebrew Day School Chai Society shall meet biannually.
SECTION 2. CONFERENCE CALL MEETINGS. The Executive Council shall hold conference calls as needed to conduct the business of the Society.

ARTICLE VIII
MEMBERSHIP & DUES
A. Membership in the Syracuse Hebrew Day School Chai Society shall be granted to all individuals who graduated from the SyracuseHebrew Day School.
B. Former Syracuse Hebrew Day School students who have not completed a degree are considered “Friends of the Society.”
C. The Chai Society may set dues for the membership.
D. The Chai Society shall give one year’s free membership to each new graduate.

ARTICLE IX
LIAISON WITH THE SYRACUSE HEBREW DAY SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Chairperson of the Chai Society shall have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School Board of Trustees.

ARTICLE X
AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1. RATIFICATION These by-laws shall become effective upon a resolution of approval by the Syracuse Hebrew Day School Board of Trustees.
SECTION 1. AMENDMENTS. These by-laws may be amended by approval thereof of two thirds of the members of the Chai Society.