Civil Rights

Civil Rights

The poor are often at a disadvantage in matters affecting their legal rights.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the 48th General Assembly of the UAHC calls upon all levels of government and private citizens to make every effort to provide adequate legal services and equal treatment to the poor in fulfillment of the Biblical ethic: "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment. Thou shall not respect the person of the poor nor favor the person of the mighty, but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor.' (Leviticus 19:15)

Year Adopted: 
1965

Background

Year Adopted: 
1997

We recognize the existence of articulated black anti-Semitic sentiment within varying sections of the nation. We believe it must be dealt with forthrightly whenever and wherever it appears. However, we feel it is urgent to caution our Jewish constituency not to overreact to isolated incidents, nor condemn the entire black community for the acts of extremists. We further believe that we must never lose sight of our moral imperatives to increase our efforts to

Year Adopted: 
1969

Shocking incidents of racial conflict in American cities have demonstrated again that the racial ghetto is the key to the pattern of segregated living which pervades and vitiates almost every phase of Negro life and Negro-white relationships. Jewish history has a special sensitivity to the horror of the ghetto, and Judaism is an affirmation of the God-given right of every man to equality and justice.

Year Adopted: 
1965

47th Biennial Assembly
November 1963
Chicago, Illinois

Year Adopted: 
1963

45th General Assembly
November 1977
San Francisco

As Jews who are deeply committed to the prophetic imperatives of our tradition, we are dedicated to those deeds that will create justice for all the people of our country. Affirmative action aimed at correcting historic injustice in our society is a significant and successful vehicle for achieving such a goal.

Year Adopted: 
1977

46th General Assembly
November 1961
Washington, D.C.


The Union of American Hebrew Congregations has consistently opposed all forms of racial segregation because of our fundamental belief in the equality of all men under God. We have joined with all Americans of good will in continuing efforts to vindicate in every section of our land the American dream of human equality.

Year Adopted: 
1961