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THE ENGLISH ZIONIST 
FEDERATION. 



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CONSTITUTION. 



5658— 1898. 



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THE ENGLISH ZIONIST FEDERATION. 



NAME. 

1. That the name of the Federation he <: The 
English Zionist Federation." 

CONSTITUTION AND OBJECTS. 

2. That the Federation consist of such Jewish 
Associations and Bodies in the United Kingdom as 
have, or desire to promote any of the following 
objects : — 

(a) The acquisition of a legally safe-guarded home 

in Palestine for the Jewish people. 

(b) The fostering of the National idea in Israel. 

(c) The supporting of a regular International 

Congress of duly accredited representatives 
of the Jewish people for the consideration 
of the condition of Jews in the different 
countries of their dispersion, and for taking 
such measures as may be deemed conducive 
to their general welfare. 

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(d) The supporting of existing colonies, and the 

founding of new colonies, by placing as 
many Jews as possible living in Palestine 
as settlers on the land, and encouraging, 
guiding, and assisting new settlers anxious 
to establish colonies, or any handicrafts, 
industries or arts in Palestine. 

(e) The study of Hebrew Literature and the use 

of Hebrew as a living language. 

3. The Federation shall be the medium of com- 
munication between English Zionists and the Central 
Committee appointed from time to time by the Inter- 
national Congress, and Zionists of other countries. 
They shall advise on the steps necessary for the 
furtherance of the general movement, and adopt such 
means as may be approved for carrying into effect 
the resolutions adopted by the International Zionist 
Congresses held from time to time. They shall also 
initiate, in connection with the various objects of the 
Federation, propaganda, which shall partake of one 
common character throughout all the federated bodies. 



ADMINISTRATION. 

4. That the government of the Federation be vested 
in a Central Committee, which shall consist of 
delegates from all the federating societies, to be elected 
upon the following basis : — 



Each organisation numbering at least 25 registered 
paying members shall be entitled to one 
delegate, and each organisation with a larger 
membership than 25 shall be entitled to a 
further delegate for every 100 additional 
registered paying members. Provided that 
any society in a provincial town, which is the 
only Zionist organisation existing in such 
town, shall be entitled to appoint a delegate 
irrespective of the number of its members. 



5. That the delegates be elected to serve for two 
years, but that at the end of the first year after the 
formation of the Federation one-half (to be selected by 
lot) shall retire ; and thereafter, at the end of each year, 
one-half shall retire by seniority. No delegate so 
retiring, who shall have absented himself without 
valid excuse for three consecutive ordinary meetings, 
shall be eligible for re-election for one year from the date 
of his retirement. No delegate shall represent more 
than one body. 



CENTRAL COMMITTEE. 

6. That the Central Committee shall meet at least 
once in every three months, but that special meetings 
may be called by the Executive at any time on their 
own initiative. Upon a requisition to the Chairman 



for the time being, signed by at least twenty members 
of the Central Committee, the Chairman shall forthwith 
summon a special meeting to be held within fourteen 
days of the receipt of such requisition. The notice con- 
vening all meetings of the Central Committee shall be 
issued at least seven clear days before the holding of 
such meeting. At any special meeting no other 
business shall be considered except that specified upon 
the notice convening same. At every meeting of the 
Central Committee twelve shall constitute a quorum. 



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 



7. That the Central Committee at their first meeting 
shall elect an Executive Committee from amongst their 
number, consisting of eight members, who shall hold 
office for two years. Each member of the Executive 
shall in turn serve as Chairman of the Executive for a 
term of three months. At the end of the first year after 
the formation of the Federation, the four members who 
have passed the Chair shall retire, and the remaining 
four shall not be submitted to the operation of the lot as 
provided by Rule 4. The delegates at the first meeting 
of each session shall fill up the vacancies caused by the 
retirement from time to time of the members of the 
Executive. No member of the Executive Committee 
shall be eligible for re-election for one year from the 
date of his retirement. 



8. That the Chairman of the Executive Committee 
for the time being shall preside at all meetings of the 
Central Comitteee during his period of office. 



9. That the Executive Committee shall meet at 
least once in every month, but that special meetings 
may be called by the Chairman for the time being at 
any time, on his own initiative. Upon a requisition 
to the Chairman, signed by at least three members 
of the Executive Committee, the Chairman shall 
forthwith summon a special meeting, to be held 
within seven days of the receipt of such requisition. 
The notice convening all meetings of the Executive 
shall be issued at least three clear days before the 
holding of every such meeting, and shall state clearly 
the business for which such meeting has been con- 
vened. At any special meeting no other business 
shall be considered except that specified upon the 
notice convening the same. At every meeting of the 
Executive Committee four members shall constitute 
a quorum. Any member of the Executive Committee 
who shall have absented himself, without valid ex- 
cuse, for three ordinary consecutive meetings, shall 
cease to be a member of the Executive Committee, and 
the Executive Committee shall select a member of the 
Central Committee to serve in his stead until the next 
Annual Meeting of the Central Committee. 



10. That the Executive Committee shall, at each 
quarterly meeting of the Central Committee, present 



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a written report of their work during the previous 
three months. 



SUB-COMMITTEES. 

ii. That the Central Committee shall, at their 
first meeting in each year elect three Sub-Committees, 
viz. : — 

(a) Colonisation Sub-Committee, to which all 

matters connected with the Colonies in the 
Holy Land shall be referred. 

(b) Propaganda Sub-Committee, to organise new 

Societies and encourage propaganda through- 
out the country. 

(c) Literature and Language Sub-Committee, to 

organise and encourage the study of Hebrew 
Literature, with the use of Hebrew as a 
living language. 

Any member of a Society affiliated to the Federa- 
tion shall be eligible to serve on these Committees, 
and shall be elected to serve for two years ; but at 
the end of the first year after the formation of the 
Federation one half — to be elected by lot — shall retire, 
and, thereafter, each year, one half shall retire by 
seniority. No member of a Sub-Committee shall be 
eligible for re-election for one year from the date of 
retirement. The Central Committee may vote from 
time to time to any Sub-Committee appointed under 



this law, such moneys as may be necessary for the 
furtherance of the special work of any such Sub-Com- 
mittee, and shall be entitled to receive voluntary sub- 
scriptions and donations for the furtherance of the 
special objects of such Sub-Committees. 



FUNDS. 



12. That each Federated Society shall pay annually 
to the Federation the minimum sum of one shilling for 
every one of its registered paying members, and shall 
pay, either through the Federation or direct to the 
Central Committee appointed from time to time by the 
International Congress, the " Shekel" contribution for 
every one of its registered paying members, and such 
further sums for carrying out the objects of the Federa- 
tion as may be decided upon from time to time by the 
Central Committee of the Federation. Where any 
federated societv transmits the "Shekel" contribution 
direct to the Central Committee appointed from time to 
time by the International Congress, each contribution 
shall be transmitted in the general name of the Federa- 
tion, and the Federation shall be apprised of the 
amounts remitted from time to time. 

13. That the minimum annual contribution hereinbe- 
fore provided for shall be paid by the treasurers of the 
respective societies on or before the appointment of their 



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delegates. Any federated body not paying its annual 
contributions, or any further sum decided upon to be 
paid under Clause 12, shall cease to have the right of 
continuing in the Federation, unless upon representa- 
tion it shall appear to the Executive Committee that 
such default has been unavoidable. 

14. That the Shekel contribution, where paid 
through the Federation, shall be held at the disposal 
of the Central Committee appointed from time to time 
by the International Congress, and all contributions 
beyond the minimum provided by Rule 12 shall be 
vested in the name of at least three trustees, to be 
appointed by the Executive Committee, and shall be 
dealt with only on a resolution of that Committee. 



OFFICIALS. 



15. That the Executive at their first meeting shall 
appoint one of their number who shall act as Treasurer 
for the year, and who shall not be eligible for re-election 
for one year after the expiration of his term of office. 

16. That there shall be a paid Secretary of the 
Federation, who shall be appointed annually by the 
Executive Committee, and who shall recive such 
salary and perform such duties as shall be determined 
by the Executive Committee. 



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ANNUM. CONFERENCE. 

17. That an Annual Conference of the Federation 
shall be held on a day or days in June, to be fixed 
by the Executive Committee for the time being. 
Three months' notice shall be given of the holding 
of the Conference, and the notice shall be accom- 
panied by a draft programme, amendments or ad- 
ditions to which may be submitted to the Executive 
Committee in writing within one month of the holding 
of the Conference. Eacli federated body shall be 
entitled to send to such conference (in addition to 
the delegates serving on the Central Committee) two 
special delegates for each delegate representing them 
on the Central Committee. 



18. That the Executive Committee shall make all 
arrangements in connection with the holding of the 
Conference. They are to appoint a Chairman or 
Chairmen to act at the Meetings, and shall also 
have power to appoint such Sub-committees as they 
may deem necessary. 

19. That a final programme and agenda to be 
settled by the Executive Committee shall be issued 
to each delegate at least fourteen days prior to the 
Conference, and no other business shall be considered 
by the Conference save what appears on the Agenda 
paper. 



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BYE-LAWS. 

20. That the Executive Committee shall have 
power from time to time to make bye-laws for the 
regulation of the Federation, provided such bye-laws 
contain nothing contrary to this Constitution, and 
such bye-laws, when passed, shall have the same 
authority as these laws, provided that no bye-law 
shall be valid until it is confirmed by a meeting of 
the Central Committee. 

AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION. 

21. That this Constitution may be amended by a 
majority of not less than four-fifths of the members 
present and voting at any meeting of the Central 
Committee, providing that not less than twenty 
members be present at such meeting. Seven clear 
days' notice shall be given of any proposed amend- 
ment ; and the terms of such proposed amendment 
shall appear upon the Agenda attached to the notice 
convening the meeting. 



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