Education

Education

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

Background In 1985 the Union of American Hebrew Congregations resolved to endorse Reform Jewish day schools, to encourage the establishment of day schools, and to authorize the Department of Education to provide materials, curricula, and teacher training for these schools. At the same time, the UAHC reaffirmed its continued strong support of the public school systems of North America.

Year Adopted: 
1995

45th Council
November 1959
Miami Beach, FL

Whereas, under the guidance of the Commission on Jewish Education, many congregations have increased the level of their grade of Confirmation to at least the tenth grade (public school equivalent) and have benefited thereby in being able to present the message of Judaism to young people more fully able to comprehend it, as well as with the background of an additional year of Jewish study.

Year Adopted: 
1959

SUBMITTED BY THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE COMMITTEE HOUSTON, 2005

BACKGROUND
Adolescence is, almost by definition, a difficult time. All the more so concerning issues of sexuality. Our kids desperately need our direction in this area, but too often we do not provide it. Teenagers experimenting with sex is hardly new, of course. And it need not be a source of concern. Most of us who went through the sexual revolution of the 60s grew up to be perfectly respectable citizens.

But what is happening now is radically different.

Year Adopted: 
2005

51st General Assembly
November l97l
Los Angeles, CA

 

I. Statement of General Principle

The ties between Reform Jews and the State of Israel have continually grown closer. In the process we have enriched our Jewishness and contributed a new option to the development of Israeli life.

What we have learned and what we have gained has made it clear that the time is now ripe for a major step forward in our Israel program -- the creation of a JERUSALEM EDUCATIONAL CENTER FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM.

Year Adopted: 
1971