Israel

Israel

We gather at a moment both promising and perilous for Israel, the Palestinians, and the entire Middle East. President Obama has been in office for fewer than 150 days and Prime Minister Netanyahu for even fewer, yet there is a new and welcome urgency to efforts to revive the stagnant peace process.

Year Adopted: 
2009

In Israel individuals can be married as Jews only if they can prove they are descended from a Jewish mother or that they have undergone Orthodox conversion. There are an estimated 150,000 Soviet and Ethiopian Olim who cannot provide such proof, as well as many Jews by Choice who have found their way to Judaism through conversion performed by non-Orthodox rabbis. All of these Olim are denied access to religious marriage to another Jew, and there is no

Year Adopted: 
1993

Our commitment to the State of Israel is of an ongoing nature as is our concern for the fullest flowering of religious liberty for all of its citizens. We call again for an end to discrimination in Israel against our non-orthodox congregations and rabbis.

In order to strengthen our positive relationship with the people of Israel and to nurture Reform Judaism in Israel,

Year Adopted: 
1965

Reports received from Israel raise the disturbing spectre of another destructive controversy over the Law of Return. As they did following the last national election in l973, the Orthodox political parties have demanded as a condition for their participation in a government coalition that the Law of Return be amended to exclude from its provisions converts accepted by non-Orthodox rabbis. Unlike his predecessors, Mrs. Meir and Mr. Rabin, Premier-designate Begin has voiced support for this proposal, and has given his commitment to seek legislation for its implementation.

Year Adopted: 
1977

Background

The Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles signed in Washington, DC, September 13, 1993, offers the best hope for a comprehensive, regional peace accord. However, the Declaration of Principles (DOP) is the beginning and not the end of a process, and must be carefully nurtured.

The UAHC is fully committed to the security and economic vitality of the State of Israel and its citizenry. As Reform Jews we are also committed to the vision of the Prophets and Jewish sages who considered the pursuit of peace a religious imperative.

Year Adopted: 
1993

As Reform Jews, we have profound pride in the State of Israel, a vibrant democracy, and its accomplishments over the past 61 years. We rejoice in the existence of Israel as a haven for those fleeing lands of oppression and revel in the opportunity for the Jewish people to continue to develop a spiritual and cultural home in accordance with Jewish ideals—among them the promise of freedom and justice for all its citizens.

Year Adopted: 
2009

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations grieves over the tragic cycle of violence that grips the administered territories. Violence provokes violence, and one day's instigator becomes the next day's victim. Therefore, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations associates itself with the position of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism on violence in the territories, as expressed in a resolution adopted at its Ninth Biennial Convention.

The resolution adopted in October 1988, states:

Year Adopted: 
1989

As Reform Jews, we reaffirm our commitment to strengthening the State of Israel, which is based on the prophetic vision of justice and peace. We are proud of Israel's record in applying the highest standards of our Jewish tradition to a broad spectrum of issues, sometimes at the risk of its own security and often in the face of severe economic and social difficulties.

Year Adopted: 
1981

Background

As the bloodshed in Israel continues, and as we sit heartbroken before the killing and the terror, this is an appropriate time for reexamining our most fundamental assumptions about the conflict in the Middle East.

In so doing, we must not be reticent to acknowledge our own errors of judgment. We must admit, first and foremost, that we have been wrong about the readiness of the Palestinians for peace.

Year Adopted: 
2001

Background

The 1985 General Assembly of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations reaffirmed our longstanding opposition to apartheid, and called for the United States and Canada to terminate military sales and to place economic pressure on South Africa to dismantle its system of apartheid. The Union of American Hebrew Congregations call for strong economic sanctions against South Africa was a reflection of a deep moral revulsion on the part of its members.

Year Adopted: 
1987