Reform Movement Institutions

Reform Movement Institutions

65th General Assembly
December 1999
Orlando, Florida


BACKGROUND
The success of the 65th Union of American Hebrew Congregations General Assembly has been made possible by the unstinting and tireless efforts of so many who labored on its behalf.

THEREFORE , the Union of American Hebrew Congregations resolves to extend its collective heartfelt gratitude to:

Year Adopted: 
1999

WHEREAS, we have been gratified and excited by the intensive program of building activity which has been sweeping through or congregations, both new and old, resulting in many magnificent edifices in which we and our children may glorify God through the fullest and most beautiful expressions of Judaism; and

Year Adopted: 
1953

Adopted by the General Assembly
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
October 29-November 2, 1997 Dallas

Background
The success of the 64th UAHC General Assembly was made possible by the unstinting and tireless efforts of so many who have labored and sacrificed on its behalf.

THEREFORE, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations resolves to offer its collective heartfelt gratitude to:

Year Adopted: 
1997

WHEREAS, for many years the UAHC has maintained a Synagogue Building Loan Fund (SBLF) which has been utilized to assist congregations in dealing with their capital asset requirements; and

WHEREAS, the SBLF currently has assets of approximately $25,000; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the more urgent need for such congregations to deal with the financial demands of the kinds of programs and quality of personnel essential to assure their very survival;

Now, therefore, be it

Year Adopted: 
1976
Background

As the 21st Century approaches, Reform Judaism faces both a challenge and an obligation. There has been a decline in temple affiliation by young adults after the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Some years ago, young adults married upon graduation from college, started families, and almost immediately, reconnected with the Jewish religious community. Today young adults marry later, defer starting families, and often do not affiliate with a congregation until their children reach school age, if then.

Year Adopted: 
1995

BACKGROUND

Our rabbis taught that when Abraham challenged God's Divine decision to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham passed God's test of demonstrating individual responsibility for the world. Abraham, responding to the possibility that innocent people would suffer, did not turn his back on injustice in the world. Judaism's gift to western religious thought is the idea of the defiant man of faith. A Jew is a believer of unshakable faith who is horrified by worldly misery and refuses to accept tragedy and suffering.

Year Adopted: 
2005

Submitted by: Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ; Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY; Woodlands Community Temple, White Plains, NY; Joint Commission on Lifelong Jewish Learning; Union for Reform Judaism Adult Learning Committee; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; National Association of Temple Administrators; National Association of Temple Educators;PARDeS: Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools; and American Conference of Cantors

"The advancement of learning is the highest commandment." (Maimonides)

Year Adopted: 
2008

BACKGROUND
The synagogue and the family have been the source of Jewish learning and values which have kept Judaism alive and vital. Living Judaism - dynamic, vibrant and enticing Jewish way of life -begins with the home and the synagogue. And it is at the synagogue that we learn to perform the acts of charity and of loving kindness which sustain every other worthwhile institution in our communities. We give generously to those other institutions without expecting

Year Adopted: 
1993
Submitted by Woodlands Community Temple, the Special Needs Camping Committee of the URJ North American Camping System, Temple Beth-El, Spring Valley, NY; Old York Road Temple-Beth Am, Abington, PA; B'nai Shalom V'tikvah, Ajax, Ontario; Temple Emanu El, Orange Village, OH; Temple Kol Ami, Thornhill, Ontario; Temple Shalom, Aberdeen, NJ; North Country Reform Temple, Glen Cove, NY; Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie, PA; Temple Beth-El, Ormond Beach, FL; Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, PA; Temple Sinai, Rochester, NY; Temple Beth
Year Adopted: 
2009