Guidelines and Process for JCRC of Greater Boston Membership Applications

Eligibility Standards for Membership

Any Jewish organization of value to the Jewish community in Greater Boston is eligible to be considered for membership as long as the organization meets the following minimum requirements:

(a) the organization has been in existence at least three years;

(b) the organization has at least 250 residents of the area served by CJP who are donors, dues paying members and/or voting members;

(c) the organization is not a unit or component part of a larger or parent local organization;

(d) the organization is a not-for-profit organization that is exempt from federal income taxes; and

(e) in the judgment of the Council, the programs, activities, and practices of such organization and, if applicable, its parent organization, are compatible and do not conflict with the mission of the JCRC (see below)

Notwithstanding the foregoing, (i) no individual synagogue, minyan or independent spiritual community shall be eligible to be considered for membership, and (ii) an organization of Jewish communal professionals shall be eligible for membership even if it fails to satisfy the requirements of clauses (b) and (d) above as long as it satisfies all of the other requirements set forth above. 

The above criteria are the minimum basis for eligibility for membership.  Even if these criteria are fully met, the Membership Committee and the Board have the discretion to not recommend and the Council has the discretion to not approve an organization for membership, or otherwise at the discretion of the Membership Committee and the Board may recommend for compelling reasons as detailed in certain findings an organization for membership.

Process of Membership Application

Organizations desiring JCRC membership shall apply by communication to the Secretary of the Board, who will submit it to the Membership Committee. 

Application should include:

  • Cover letter explaining interest and rationale for consideration
  • A statement attesting to meeting the criteria for membership (as explained above):
    • How many years the organization has been in existence;
    • How many residents of the area served by CJP are donors, dues paying members and/or voting members (NOTE: the organization does not need to provide an actual list of said individuals)
    • That the organization is not a unit or component part of a larger or parent local organization;
    • That the organization is a not-for-profit organization that is exempt from federal income taxes; and
    • A description of the programs, activities, and practices of the applicant organization (this section may take the form of an annual report, organizational brochures, etc…)
  • Contact: Please include both the applicant lead volunteer and lead professional (where relevant)

The JCRC Membership Committee will review the application and report its status and/or findings back to the Board within 180 days.  The Board will review the recommendation of the Membership Committee and present its recommendation to the Council to be considered by the Council at its next meeting during which the Council shall act on the application for membership. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of Council present and eligible to vote is required for approval of an application of admission. If the Council approves the application for membership, the membership of such organization on the Council shall be effective immediately.

Member Representation on JCRC Council

The number of representatives from any member organization (with the exception of CJP) shall not exceed two. The specific number of representatives from any new member organization shall be determined by the Board subject to the approval of the Council.

Number of Members/Donors Number of Organizational Representatives
250 - 999 1
1000 – and above 2

Member organizations shall designate their representatives on or before April 1. Representatives so designated shall begin their service following the next annual meeting. Representatives shall serve until their successors are chosen. Organizations may change their representatives at any time upon written notice to the Secretary of the JCRC.

The Mission of JCRC

The JCRC is the representative voice of the organized Jewish community.  Rooted in Jewish values and informed by Jewish history, JCRC’s mission also reflects the ideals of American democracy.  Comprised of constituent organizations, the JCRC:

  • serves as a catalyst for building a strong and vibrant Jewish community in Boston and around the world;
  • advocates for a safe, secure, Jewish, democratic state of Israel; and
  • promotes an American society which is democratic, pluralistic and just