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A new name for TICC
Two congregations vote as one for Beth Israel
In the event the joining of Temple Beth El is approved, Temple Israel Community Center will be getting a new name: Congregation Beth Israel-The Conservative Synagogue of the Palisades. Members of TICC voted overwhelmingly for that name last month. Temple Beth El members voted just as overwhelmingly when their votes were counted tonight.
The Hebrew name for the synagogue will be K’hillah K’doshah (K”K) Beit Yisrael.
The search for a name for the joined synagogue took several months. First, members of each synagogue were asked to make suggestions. Each Board of Trustees then selected three names from among the suggestions, for a total of six names from which to choose. The runner-up, although a distant second, was Congregation Ohr Chadash (New Light). The other choices were Beth Tikvah (House of Hope); Kehillath Israel (Congregation of Israel); Kehillath Beth Israel (Congregation of the House of Israel); and Shaarei Torah (Gates of Torah).
Moving forward with the formal joining of the two synagogues-the synagogues cannot merge because of a quirk in New Jersey State law-depended in part on a new name being chosen. In a short while, the two memberships will be asked to approve the Joining Agreement, as well as a proposed constitution and by-laws. Assuming both are approved, under the terms of the Joining Agreement, TICC will change its name. When that is done, Temple Beth El will formally close its doors and join TICC under its new name, Congregation Beth Israel-The Conservative Synagogue of the Palisades.
The Joining Agreement itself was approved by the two Boards of Trustees several months ago, allowing it to be signed by Dr. Roselyn Rauch and Craig Bassett, the presidents of TICC and TBE respectively. The Joining Agreement still must be approved by the TICC and TBE memberships for it to take effect.
The last remaining obstacle to placing the agreement before the two memberships is a requirement that approval of the Joining Agreement is to be immediately followed by debate and a vote on a new constitution and by-laws. Work on those documents took several months of negotiations. The joint committee reported out a proposed constitution and by-laws two weeks ago.
On Tuesday night (March 10), the boards of the two synagogues will hold a joint session to review the committee’s work. The two boards will then each meet separately that night to discuss and vote on the documents.
Assuming the two boards approve, and expectations are high that they will, the constitution and by-laws will be submitted to the attorneys representing TBE and TICC for review, to make certain there are no legal issues that need to be addressed.
Once the attorneys complete the vetting process, the synagogues will each call a special membership meeting, at which time the joining of TBE to TICC will be voted on. These meetings could take place within weeks.
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