Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

Background

Year Adopted: 
2005

The violence in El Salvador, which has taken tens of thousands of innocent lives in the past three years, is the tragic result of applying a military solution to an economic, social, and political crisis. While acts of violence have been committed by both sides in the civil war, it is clear that Salvadoran government-backed forces are largely responsible for the heavy toll of civilian casualties, too often through methods that offend any standard of human decency.

Year Adopted: 
1984

In the 2003 Resolution on the Need for Action in Sudan, the Union for Reform Judaism asserted its support for the people of Darfur and called upon the United States and Canadian governments and the United Nations to use diplomatic and political means to stop the genocide. Since the passage of that Resolution, the attacks on civilians and villages in the Darfur region continue to rage. In this extreme case of violence, we must assess all of the options available that may contribute to ending the atrocities.

Year Adopted: 
2007

Adopted by the Executive Committee of the UAHC Board of Trustees
February, 1994

Year Adopted: 
1994

Adopted by the Executive Committee of the UAHC Board of Trustees
September, 1992
New York, NY

Events in the former Yugoslavia have shocked the world. Reports of attacks on civilians, the establishment of concentration camps, and "ethnic cleansing" — the mass expulsion of innocent people singled out for their ethnic or religious identity — summon the darkest memories of World War II.

Year Adopted: 
1992

Board of Trustees
December 1982
Denver, Colorado

Taking cognizance of the courageous and honorable act of Costa Rica in moving its embassy to West Jerusalem; and

Concerned that the continued failure of the United States and Canada to move their embassies to Israel's capital will encourage Israel's enemies in their intransigent attitude toward Jerusalem as the undisputed capital of Israel as well as toward the very existence of the State of Israel,

Year Adopted: 
1982

59th General Assembly
November 1987
Chicago, Illinois

BACKGROUND
Two years ago, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations issued a call to action on AIDS. We called for increased financial and human resources for prevention and treatment, prohibition of discrimination, and community education about this terrible new epidemic. We created our own Committee on AIDS, which has developed and distributed our sacred teachings with professional expertise.

Year Adopted: 
1987

65th General Assembly
December 1999
Orlando, Florida

Year Adopted: 
1999

57th General Assembly
November 1983
Houston, Texas

Background

The goals of the United States policy in the Central American countries, consisting of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, should be the achievement of stable and democratic societies. These goals can best be achieved by addressing the sources of instability, massive poverty, social injustice, and illiteracy. Such conditions of deprivation invite subversion from the right and the left.

Year Adopted: 
1983

Board of Trustees
June 1978
New York

Through informed sources, a monstrous human tragedy is being revealed to a shocked and unbelieving world. Once again, unspeakable horrors, reminiscent of the Nazi Holocaust, are being inflicted upon an innocent race of people.

Year Adopted: 
1978