One means of addressing centuries of entrenched racial discrimination is through reparations. Reparations can take many forms including expressions of remorse, education, monetary compensation, and more.
Submitted by Temple Sinai, Washington, DC; Temple Micah, Washington, DC; Washington Hebrew Congregation, DC; Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, MD; and
Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MD; to the 68th Union for Reform Judaism General Assembly
Board of Trustees
New York, New York
Be it resolved that the UAHC affirms its support for voting representation in both Houses of Congress for the residents of the District of Columbia and
urges that respective states of the United States speedily ratify the constitutional amendment now pending that will grant such representation.
WHEREAS in 1967 the 49th General Assembly of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations adopted a resolution on Selective Service, urging reform of the
Selective Service laws "to protect individual conscience and to eliminate inequities."
These inequities have not been corrected and the passage of time has further aggravated the tension and injustice widely felt in America, particularly by
The rise of extremism in some elements of American life--including episodes of anti-Semitism and the growing impact of the radical right--represents a
clear and present danger to the tradition of American pluralism and a distortion of religious precepts in political life. The Reform Jewish movement has
always had a commitment to the ethical values of Judaism and their relevance to contemporary society. This prophetic mandate assumes new urgency today
because of the rise of extremism, both theological and political.
WHEREAS the Jewish tradition is characterized by its sensitive concern for rectifying injustice in whatever form or guise it may be found and Jews have a special historic empathy with the plight of people who are deprived of their constitutional rights, who had to leave their homes and relocate in camps isolated from the rest of the community; and
As we who subscribe to the belief in the brotherhood of man, survey the national scene, we note with great regret the discriminations from which many
Americans suffer at the hands of their fellow-Americans. Such discriminations because of race, color or creed are a violation of the will of God and of the
principle of equal liberty to all so basic to the American philosophy.
The Mishna tells us: "In every generation, we are commanded to view ourselves as if each of us was personally brought forth out of Egypt" ( Tractate P'sachim 10:5). This mandate highlights the importance of remembering the injustice of slavery throughout the years.