Economic Justice

Economic Justice

53rd General Assembly
November 1975
Dallas Texas

Whereas millions of people throughout the world continue to face starvation because of population increases, dwindling food reserves, land, water, energy, and fertilizer shortages, and the inequitable distribution of God's resources; and

Whereas the Jewish people, when confronting these tragic situations, have felt God's commanding presence and taught ""Share your bread with the hungry"" (Isaiah 58.7); and

Year Adopted: 
1975

51st General Assembly
November l97l
Los Angeles, CA

Year Adopted: 
1971

Adopted by the UAHC Board of Trustees
December, 1992
West Palm Beach, FL


Our sage Hall taught: Al tifrosh min hazibbur - do not separate yourself from the community.

Year Adopted: 
1992

57TH General Assembly
November 1983
Houston, Texas

Often referred to as "street people," the ranks of the homeless are being further swelled by low-income people who have been particularly affected by cuts in such programs as low-income housing, food stamps, and Medicare. Some have been released from mental institutions and from prisons without adequate planning and assistance for their return to the community. Whole families have become street people.

Year Adopted: 
1983

48th General Assembly
November 1965
San Francisco, CA

WHEREAS Judaism teaches that poverty is destructive of human dignity and proclaims that men must endeavor to fulfill the dictate, "There shall be no needy among you,"

WHEREAS the persistence of poverty in a society possessing the abundance to satisfy the material needs of all its citizens is morally indefensible,

Year Adopted: 
1965

57TH General Assembly
November 1983
Houston, Texas

While problems of the elderly are prevalent in both the United States and Canada, the references herein are restricted to the United States.

Year Adopted: 
1983

56th General Assembly
December 1981
Boston, Massachusetts

Judaism has always demanded that its moral values be applied to the practical problems of society: "The earth and its inhabitants are the Lord's." Our prophets viewed the earth, its resources, and the wealth derived from them as a sacred trust, to be shared justly by all.

The purpose of society and government is to provide for such sharing, to insure the security and rights of the disadvantaged and the weak.

Year Adopted: 
1981

Past resolutions of the UAHC have placed strong emphasis on social and economic justice for all Americans, with housing and job opportunities long at the forefront of our concerns. While our nation has made some little progress in these areas, the following harsh realities mandate the adoption of new policies:

Year Adopted: 
1971
Background

Socially responsible investment practice means the adoption of a "double bottom line." The first is rate of return; the second is the accord between the values of the investing organization and the entities in which it invests. Religious organizations, organized as they are around values both explicit and implicit, are bound to seek correspondence between the values they profess and their investment policies and practices. For the Reform Jewish movement,

Year Adopted: 
1997
BACKGROUND

Jewish tradition recognizes the vulnerability and abandonment that may come with old age. "Cast me not away in time of old age, forsake me not when my strength is spent," laments the Psalmist in Psalm 70. The Bible responds to the fear of old age by urging people to respect and care for their elders. As it says in the Book of Leviticus: "You shall rise up before the gray haired and defer to the one who is elder" (Leviticus 19:32). Again and again, we are

Year Adopted: 
1999