Israel

Israel

Having overwhelmingly adopted a resolution that we as Reform Jews, bound together with Israel in a covenantal relationship and sharing a vision for the Jewish State, have an obligation to become involved in and to address ourselves to the great issues that will impact on both Israel and the destiny of the entire Jewish people; and having also concluded that we have the further obligation to speak out informedly and constructively on those issues with love

Year Adopted: 
1982

As Reform Jews, we affirm our obligation to become involved in issues affecting Israel's survival and to speak out with love and concern. The pursuit of peace is a religious commandment; it is an inherent part of our profound commitment to K'lal Yisrael and our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the State of Israel.

We have learned from our teachers that differences of opinion in matters of the greatest substance, in issues touching upon the meaningful survival of our people, are a source of strength rather than weakness.

Year Adopted: 
1982

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Year Adopted: 
2005

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Year Adopted: 
2000

Background

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations is shocked, horrified and outraged by the assassination of the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin z"l. The Prime Minister was a man of physical daring, military brilliance and moral courage. The Jewish people have lost one of the great Jewish figures of the twentieth century. The world has lost a true statesman.

Year Adopted: 
1995

Background

For the last two years, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations has participated in a coalition of five national and international Reform organizations which worked to secure increased funding for Reform programs in Israel from the Jewish Agency, the primary recipient of UJA and Keren Kayemet funds. This effort was undertaken to allow those in Israel whose spiritual search has taken them into a progressive religious path to have full and equal access to the resources of world Jewry.

Year Adopted: 
1987

At the Montreal 1967 Biennial, responding to the impact of the Six Day War, the UAHC formalized its institutional commitment to build a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship with the State of Israel.

By and large, the procedures originally established have proven inadequate to the task. The development of Progressive Judaism in Israel and the development of intensive Israel programming for American Reform Jews have been severely retarded by insufficient funds.

Year Adopted: 
1973

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

The State and people of Israel will win their current battle for survival only with the utmost support of American Jewry.

Year Adopted: 
1979

Background

The Union for Reform Judaism is deeply committed to supporting efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will fulfill the national aspirations of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples within the context of peaceful coexistence and mutual recognition. These efforts would allow both peoples to live in peace, dignity and security, relieved of the suffering of generations of violence. Difficult compromises will be required for both sides to come to mutual agreement.

Year Adopted: 
2005