Church State Separation

Church State Separation

45th Council
November 1959
Miami Beach, FL

Whereas, zoning restrictions have been invoked in a number of communities in the United States, to bar the erection of houses of worship and thus to interfere with the freedom of worship of the congregations seeking to erect such house of worship.

Year Adopted: 
1959

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations has, throughout its history, steadfastly maintained the principle of separation of church and state, believing that the First Amendment to the Constitution is the bulwark of religious freedom and interfaith amity.

Year Adopted: 
1965

BACKGROUND
Since the birth of the United States, in many places it has been customary at governmental and military occasions including dedications, inductions into office, and legislative sessions, to open public meetings with invocations seeking divine inspiration, guidance, or blessing on behalf of all those present. In recent years, particularly, it has become apparent to many of all religions that serious problems are crated for Jews and other non-Christians

Year Adopted: 
1987

The Union is profoundly interested in healthy inter-religious relationships in American life. In addition, we are vitally concerned with the maintenance of religious liberty for every citizen.

Year Adopted: 
1959

We reaffirm the positions jointly set forth by the Synagogue Council of America and the National Community Relations Advisory Council, to both of which organizations the Union of American Hebrew Congregations belongs, in their document entitled "Safeguarding Religious Liberty". We continue to cherish the conviction that the maintenance and furtherance of religion are the responsibility of the synagogue, the church and the home, and not of any agency or government, including the public schools.

Year Adopted: 
1961

Background

Jewish ethics support the struggle to safeguard civil and religious liberties and to speak out with courage for their preservation. The Jewish community has been committed to defend those liberties for all religions, whether the majority or the minority. The Union of American Hebrew Congregations has long affirmed that religious freedom and the separation of church and state stand as the cornerstone of American democracy.

Year Adopted: 
1991

RESOLVED that this Council recognizes with much gratification all efforts to repeal unjust and oppressive Sunday laws in behalf of those who observe the seventh day as Sabbath.

Year Adopted: 
1879

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations has always been deeply committed to the principle of the separation of church and state, which has safeguarded religious liberty for all men in this free land.

Year Adopted: 
1961

3rd Council
July 1876
Washington, DC

RESOLVED that this Council appoint a committee, whose duty it shall be to draw up, circulate, obtain signatures to and have presented in proper form to the legislatures of the various States, a petition asking the enactment of laws, where such exist not enabling the Israelite to keep and observe the Sabbath, according to the dictates of his conscience, and exempting him who keeps the Sabbath, from such Sunday laws and regulations, which may interfere with his legitimate business.
Year Adopted: 
1876