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Chevra Kadisha By-Laws

Article 1 - The officers of Chevra Kadisha shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. They shall be elected for one year at an Annual Meeting of the Chevra. Officers may succeed themselves.

Article 2 - Members may be added to or removed from the Chevra Kadisha by a majority vote of existing members.

Article 3 - Decisions shall be made by majority vote of those members of the Chevra Kadisha present and voting at any regular or special meeting convened by the President or his/her designee. A minimum of six members is necessary for voting at any regular or special meeting.

Article 4 - The President of the Chevra Kadisha or designated alternate, after consultation with the Rabbi/Spiritual Leader, if available, and with any officers of the Chevra Kadisha who are available, shall have the authority to act in an emergency.

Article 5 - The Chevra Kadisha shall meet at least once a year to hear reports of its officers and act on any other business. Special meetings may be called at any time at the request of the Rabbi/Spiritual Leader, the President of the Chevra Kadisha, or a majority of its members. Any member of the congregation may attend any Chevra Kadisha meeting; however, only Chevra Kadisha members may vote.

Article 6 - The Chevra Kadisha shall, at its Annual Meeting, review existing fees and establish fees for the next year. Fees charged to a member of the congregation in good standing shall be billed as soon as practicable after Shloshim (30 days after death). Payment of fees charged to a non-member or to a member not in good standing may be required before burial when the Chevra Kadisha considers the circumstances to so dictate. Members of the Chevra Kadisha shall receive Chevra Kadisha services at no charge.

Article 7 - The Chevra Kadisha will report to the Annual Meeting of the congregation.

Article 8 - The Chevra Kadisha will have available a document for all members of the congregation which details services provided, the process to follow if services are needed, rules of the cemetery, and fee schedule.

Article 9 - The cemetery of Temple Israel is a burial place for persons of the Jewish faith according to Jewish law. As such, it is under the administration of the Chevra Kadisha and the religious supervision of the Rabbi/Spiritual Leader. All funerals at the cemetery are under the jurisdiction of Temple Israel Chevra Kadisha and the Rabbi/Spiritual Leader.

Article 10 - The Interfaith Cemetery of Temple Israel is a burial place for Jewish members of Temple Israel and near relatives as defined in the Interfaith Cemetery by-laws, and is administered by the Interfaith Cemetery Committee. The rules and procedures of this committee are subject to the oversight and ultimate authority of the Chevra Kadisha.

Article 11 - Members of the congregation in good standing shall be entitled to purchase burial plots in the cemetery for themselves at member fees. All others shall pay non-member fees.

Article 12 - Designs of markers shall be submitted to the Rabbi/Spiritual Leader and/or the President of the Chevra Kadisha or designated alternate for approval. Gravestones shall be consistent in size and design with existing markers, and must be erected within one year from the date of burial.

Article 13 - Each person who purchases a burial plot shall receive a certificate of ownership when that plot is paid for in full.

Article 14 - Sale or transfer of plots must be done through the Chevra Kadisha.

Article 15 - If a non-member is responsible for burial expenses, a fee to be held as security for the erection of a suitable marker shall be deposited with the Chevra Kadisha.

Article 16 - Any matter not specifically addressed in Articles 1-15 shall be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Temple Israel Chevra Kadisha. Decisions of the committee shall be final.

12/2015