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  • Full Text of Proposed RCA Amendments

    by Steven I. Weiss

    The Rabbinical Council of America is considering two amendments to its constitution in response to recent events regarding R’ Avi Weiss and R’ Sara Hurwitz, which the JTA reports have little chance of passing. Here’s the full text of those proposed amendments, as sent to members (though I don’t know if they’ve been altered since):

    1. No person shall be eligible to be elected or appointed as an Officer of the RCA, or to the Executive Committee, Nominations Committee, or Resolutions Committee of the RCA, if that person is a member of any other national rabbinical organization whose principles or tenets of faith are antithetical or contrary to the policies or positions of the RCA, as determined by the Executive Committee of the RCA. This Section shall become effective thirty (30) days after enactment, and memberships held by persons in other organizations prior to that time shall not be regarded in applying this rule.

    2. Any member of the RCA who attempts to ordain as a member of the rabbinate, or to denominate as “rabbinical” or as “clergy,” a person not eligible to serve as such as those terms are understood under the policies and positions of the RCA, is deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from membership in the Rabbinical Council of America. This Section shall become effective thirty (30) days after enactment, and such “ordinations” or “s’mikha conferrals” extended but subsequently rescinded prior to that time shall not be regarded in applying this rule.

    3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by majority vote of those present and voting at the annual conference, after which it shall be laid over for at least 24 hours, whereafter it may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting.

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