Education

Education

While sexual violence occurs in all spaces, schools and campuses at all educational levels create unique challenges.

Year Adopted: 
2017

The U.S. public education system has long served as a vital foundation for economic opportunity and upward social mobility. In recent years, however, educational and administrative policies in public early childhood programs, elementary and secondary schools have contributed to a climate that often criminalizes student misbehavior, rather than educating students on appropriate behavior.

Year Adopted: 
2017

Adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism Board of Trustees June 2004

Year Adopted: 
2004

Adopted by the Board of Trustees
May 1992
Minneapolis, MN

BACKGROUND
The William and Frances Schuster Curriculum was set into motion in 1975. From 1981 to the present, curriculum guidelines, supporting lesson plans, and teacher guidance materials have been introduced into our congregations for pre-school through adult years.

Year Adopted: 
1992

UAHC Board of Trustees
December l972
New York, New York

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations has historically opposed using public funds for non-public elementary and secondary schools, believing that such aid would infringe the separation of church and state and have damaging impact on public schools.

Therefore, consistent with the traditional opposition of American Reform Judaism, we oppose recent proposals to allow income tax credits for tuition paid to such non-public schools.

Year Adopted: 
1972

WHEREAS, The use of moving picture films for educational purposes is being made available more and more widely in religious and secular education, and:

WHEREAS, There is an inexhaustible field of rich material for such purposes to be found in the bible and in the literary and historic treasures of the people of Israel:

Year Adopted: 
1937

Background

Historically, the public schools have been the ladder that American Jews, and so many others, used to climb from poverty to affluence in American life. Today, Jews remain deeply devoted to the public school system; for many North American Jews, public education is the most hallowed of civic virtues. The public schools take the poor and the handicapped, the abused and the foster children, the Christian and the Muslim, the Roman Catholic and the Jew. They do more of God's work in a day than most institutions do in a lifetime.

Year Adopted: 
2001

Whereas the senior high school years afford the religious school a unique opportunity to convey to rapidly maturing minds the depth and scope of Jewish belief and practice, and

Whereas the principle of a continuing, life-long practice of the practice of the study of Torah is one of the major objectives of our religious education program and is a basic commitment of the believing Jew,

Year Adopted: 
1959

America's system of public education is not fulfilling either the needs of individuals or of the nation as a whole. There are gross inequities in the quality of education in different sections of the country. Inadequate school facilities, understaffed and underpaid school personnel and outmoded curricula and materials threaten deleterious consequences for our society.

Year Adopted: 
1963

Background

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations has a long history of supporting efforts to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. This dream became reality with the airlifts of Operation Moses in 1984 and Operation Solomon in 1991. We hailed those rescues as a manifestation of the highest values of Zionism and looked forward to a truly color-blind Israeli society.

Year Adopted: 
1995