The quality and conditions of Israel's survival continue to be a source of deep concern. Faced by continued terrorism across her borders, craven political attacks within the United Nations, and serious internal problems, Israel survives and the people of Israel live! We salute that nation's tenacity, her courage, and the forbearance of her people, and we reaffirm our abiding commitment to Israel's destiny.
WHEREAS at the Biennial Convention of the URJ it was clear that Israel engagement and involvement of the Reform Movement in Israel is of great importance to the leadership and congregations throughout North America;
At this momentous juncture in our history, we reaffirm the fundamental unity of the living Jewish people. We mourn the dreadful loss of life-that of our fellow Jews in Israel whose most solemn religious day was invaded by the infamous aggression of Syria and Egypt, as well as the Arabs who were themselves victims of the tragic policies of their own leaders. Therefore, the UAHC, at this 52nd General Assembly, declares:
New York, New York
Whereas there have been grassroot requests from members and groups of members of various Reform congregations for an opportunity to participate as Reform
Jews as part of the voting constituency of the World Zionist Organization under the aegis of the UAHC and/or otherwise more fully implement their
commitment to Israel,
For Consideration by the Union for Reform Judaism Board of Trustees
"My heart is in the East" - Judah Halevi
Today, 11 years since Prime Minister Rabin and Chairman Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, we continue to watch in horror and sadness as
Palestinian terrorism haunts our brothers and sisters in Israel.
The Fortieth General Assembly of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations regards with deep distress the action of the United Nations mediator in
ordering the establishment of a vast no man's land in the Negev and in ordering the establishment of the Israeli troops from that region.
In the name of justice and desperate human need we ask the President of the United States to insist, through our representatives of the United Nations,
that this order be withdrawn.
Adopted by the General Assembly
November 30 - December 3, 1995 Atlanta
In November 1995, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that opened the door for legal recognition of non-Orthodox conversions. Subse quently,
concerns have been raised that, to strengthen the new coalitional government, an agreement was made with various Orthodox political parties to pursue
legislation that would again block recognition of such conversions.