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Members of the Council of Alumni Association 2007-2008
The Council of Alumni Associations of HUC-JIR fosters a mutually supportive and collaborative relationship between the College-Institute and its alumni by providing a voice for alumni, a link between alumni and the College-Institute, and support to each of the Alumni Associations. We achieve these three goals by:
Working in a collaborative relationship with HUC-JIR's President and administration to:
- Voice alumni ideas for advancing the College's mission and shaping the College's futurem
- Advocate for issues of common concern to alumni
- Serve as a conduit for the College-Institute to alumni in their roles as ambassadors
for the College-Institute to the Reform community and the broader Jewish community
- Assist the College-Institute in recruitment and development
- Support the alumni associations of each of the schools in their missions to create a meaningful and
lasting bond between the College-Institute and its alumni
- Enhance communication, joint planning, and collaboration among the College-Institute's alumni association
- Foster and model a spirit of mutual understanding, respect, collegiality, and cooperation among
alumni in their relationships with the College-Institute and in their daily professional lives
To achieve these goals, the Council is made up of representatives of each of the College-Institute's alumni associations including the Graduate School, the New York School of Education, the Rabbinic School, the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, the School of Jewish Communal Service, and the School of Sacred Music working together with members of the HUC-JIR administration.
HUC-JIR ALUMNI COUNCIL
Article I -- Name
This association is to be known as Moats`ot Bogrei HaKolege -- The Alumni Council of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, hereinafter referred to as the "Alumni Council."
Article II -- Purpose
It is the purpose of the Alumni Council to promote the welfare of the College-Institute, its graduates, and the school's essential mission (as appended in the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion catalogue).To achieve these goals, the Alumni Council brings together representatives of the College-Institute's alumni constituencies in a leadership forum to deliberate on issues and concerns in regard to HUC-JIR alumni, programs and policies, and the overall welfare of the College-Institute. The members of the Alumni Council act as liaison to the individual alumni associations such as they exist.
The Alumni Council also functions as an all-school advisory cabinet for the College-Institute's president on matters of policy or other alumni concerns.
Finally, the chair of the Alumni Council will represent the Council on the Board of Governors. Any additional representation will be designated by the Alumni Council itself.
Article III -- Membership
The Alumni Council shall be comprised of eleven (11) alumni delegates: three (3) representatives of the Rabbinic School alumni, two (2) representatives of the cantorial school program, The School of Sacred Music alumni, two (2) representatives of the School of Graduate Studies, two (2) representatives of the Schools of Education, and two (2) representatives of the School of Jewish Communal Service.
REPRESENTATION OF THE RABBINIC ALUMNI: The following officials will represent the alumni of the Rabbinic School: the president, vice president and immediate past chair of the Rabbinic Alumni Association.
REPRESENTATION OF THE SCHOOL OF SACRED MUSIC ALUMNI: The president of the cantorial school, The School of Sacred Music Alumni Association and one additional person designated by the Association will represent the alumni of the School of Sacred Music.
REPRESENTATION OF THE ALUMNI OF THE SCHOOL (PROGRAMS) OF GRADUATE STUDIES: The president of the School of Graduate Studies Alumni Association and one additional person designated by the Association will represent the alumni of the School of Graduate Studies.
REPRESENTATION OF THE ALUMNI OF THE SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION: The president of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education Alumni Association and one additional person designated by the Association will represent the alumni of the Schools of Education.
REPRESENTATION OF THE School OF JEWISH COMMUNAL SERVICE ALUMNI: The president of the School of Jewish Communal Service Alumni Association and one additional person designated by the Association will represent the alumni of the School of Jewish Communal Service.
In the event that there is no formalized alumni association for one of the HUC-JIR graduate schools referred to in Article III, sections 2 through 6, then the director(s)/dean(s) of the school(s) will nominate an official alumni representative to the National Director of Alumni Affairs.
Alumni delegates who are officers of formal alumni associations serve as long as they hold office in their association. Alumni delegates who have been appointed to serve on the Alumni Council will serve for a two-year term. Alumni delegates who have been appointed may serve a maximum of three (3) consecutive two-year terms on the Alumni Council. The terms of office for officers and council members commence on July 1st.
The president of HUC-JIR will confirm all appointments to the Alumni Council.
The following shall serve as members of the Alumni Council, ex-officio: the president of HUC-JIR, the provost of HUC-JIR, the National Director of Alumni Affairs and the past chair of the Alumni Council.
Article IV -- Duties of Alumni Delegates
Delegates are responsible for reporting on the deliberations of the Alumni Council to their collective alumni constituencies.
Should a delegate be unable to complete his or her term on the Alumni Council, a new delegate must be chosen within a period of six months in accordance with the procedures outlined in Article III.
Should a delegate be unable to attend a given meeting of the Alumni Council, the representative alumni association may elect to send a duly appointed substitute.
Article V -- Officers
The officers of the Alumni Council will consist of a chair and a vice-chair who will serve for a two-year term. The vice-chair will succeed to chair.
The chair and vice-chair shall be occupied by representatives of the various alumni constituencies in accordance with the following rotation: Rabbinic School, School of Sacred Music, School of Graduate Studies, Schools of Education, and School of Jewish Communal Service. The first school will occupy the chair, the second listed the vice-chair, and so forth. This rotation will continue until the last alumni association occupies the chair, and then the rotation will begin again.
The chair and vice-chair shall have at least one year of experience on the Council immediately prior to assuming their position and shall come from different schools.
The Alumni Council shall have the authority to make adjustments to the rotation to ensure balanced representation.
If a member of the Alumni Council vacates his/her alumni association office, he/she will be replaced by the duly appointed successor. Only alumni representatives cited in Article III may assume a seat on the Alumni Council. If the chair or vice-chair vacates the Alumni Council mid-term, the vice-chair will become chair and the rotation shall continue as described in Section 2.
Article VI -- Duties of Officers
The chair of the Alumni Council will perform the usual duties of that office. The chair will convene meetings, set agendas, execute the decisions of the Alumni Council, and represent the Alumni Council whenever appropriate.
The vice-chair will perform the duties of the chair in the event that the chair is absent or unable to serve.
Article VII -- Meetings
The Alumni Council will convene at least semi-annually, whether by meeting, by tele-conference, or video-conference.
Article VIII -- Archives and Records
At the end of each year, the National Director of Alumni Affairs shall file with the head archivist of the American Jewish Archives all minutes, records and correspondence of the Alumni Council.
Article IX -- Amendments
Any proposition to amend the foregoing By-Laws or any part thereof, will be made in writing and submitted to the chair of the Alumni Council and the National Director of Alumni Affairs thirty (30) days prior to a meeting of the Alumni Council. A two-thirds vote of the entire Alumni Council (all eleven members) is necessary to pass such a proposition.
Notice of said amendment must be circulated to the members of the Alumni Council fifteen (15) days prior to a meeting of the Alumni Council.
Julie Vanek, RJE , Chair
Shoshana Hirsh, Vice-Chair
Cantor Dana Anesi, past Chair
New York School of Education
Rabbi Nicole Greninger
Rabbi Marcus Burstein
Rabbi Alan Litwak
Rhea Hirsch School of Education
Lisa Langer, RJE
Rachel Margolis, RJE
School of Graduate Studies
Dr. James Bowley
Dr. Karla Suomala
School of Jewish Communal Service
School of Sacred Music
Cantor Lee Coopersmith
Cantor Elizabeth Sacks
- Gregg Alpert, National Director of e-Learning
- Jessica Ingram, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs, SJCS
- Dr. Jane Karlin, V.P. of Institutional Advancement
- Dr. Michael Marmur, V.P. of Academic Affairs
- Debbie Niederman, RJE, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs, RHSOE
- Cantor Adelle Nicholson, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs, SSM
- Joy Wasserman RJE, National Director of Alumni Affairs