Israel

Israel

The State of Israel is founded upon the principles of prophetic justice. All Jews share in her destiny; all Jews share responsibility for maintaining her survival and security. The record of Reform Judaism in contributing to Israel's economic and political well-being is second to none. We are proud to be a leading participant in this worldwide effort. Jewish unity is essential for Jewish survival.

Year Adopted: 
1977

It is with a great sense of urgency that we call upon the Council of Jewish Federations, local Federations, the national United Jewish Appeal, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (formerly NJCRAC), and the Jewish Agency for Israel to adopt the following resolution regarding freedom of religion in Israel:

Year Adopted: 
1997

Background
As Israel approaches her 50th anniversary, we Reform Jews remain utterly and unequivocally committed to the survival of a strong, secure Jewish State. We are also reminded that Israel was created, in part, to bring about a moral and spiritual renaissance for the entire Jewish people.

Today, however, we look at the Orthodox control of religious life in Israel with deep distress. Our concern for the spiritual essence of the Jewish State compels us to make our first priority the pursuit of religious freedom

Year Adopted: 
1997

BACKGROUND

We celebrate the miracle of Israel's birth and existence, applauding her accomplishments and understanding the dangers of powerlessness., The historical reality calls upon us as religious Jews and Reform Zionists to engage in acts of sanctity and to embed this holy day, Israel's 60th anniversary, in our sacred calendar.

Year Adopted: 
2007
Background

During this past week, Prime Minster Netanyahu decided to resubmit the conversion bill to the Knesset for a second and third reading. While the exact language of the bill is as yet unknown, it is clear that Prime Minister Netanyahu has bowed to the pressure of the ultra-Orthodox establishment which wants only to preserve its own power at the expense of the well being of the Jewish people.

Year Adopted: 
1998

Background

Year Adopted: 
2004

Background

Year Adopted: 
1991

Background In Israel, non-Orthodox rabbis are not granted equal status with Orthodox rabbis in the performance of life-cycle events, such as marriage, divorce and conversion. As a result Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and secular Jews in Israel are accorded unequal treatment relative to Orthodox Jews and non-Jews. This restrictive policy has become a substantial impediment to the successful absorption of olim from countries such as Russia and Ethiopia. It

Year Adopted: 
1995

The signing of the mutual recognition agreement between Israel and the PLO is a great moment in the history of the Jewish people, and an historic breakthrough on the road to peace — one that is certain to change the Middle East forever. It creates an opportunity to reconcile the security interests of the Jewish State with the political aspirations of the Palestinian people.

We pray that this agreement will lead to peaceful coexistence between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors, and to full peace treaties between Israel and the Arab states.

Year Adopted: 
1993

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations in Convention assembled send affectionate greetings to our brethren in the State of Israel. We take pride in your heroic achievements. We offer prayers for your continued success. We pledge continued aid for your historic task of rehabilitating the homeless of Israel.

Year Adopted: 
1950