Reform Movement Institutions

Reform Movement Institutions

Background:

 

The Reform Pension Board ("RPB") sponsors an Internal Revenue Code Section 403(b) tax qualified pension plan for the benefit of rabbis, educators and temple administrators affiliated with the Reform Movement. Amendments to the Plan must be made by the CCAR and UAHC.

 

In our continuing effort to serve Judaism and the Reform Movement

BE IT RESOLVED that the American Conference of Cantors establish an affiliate organization to be called "The Guild of Temple Musicians" for music directors and organists. The purpose of the "Guild of Temple Musicians" will be primarily to enable its members to avail themselves of the liturgical musical resources through the ACC.

Year Adopted: 
1973

WHEREAS all affiliates of the UAHC on the national, regional and local level cannot disagree publicly with the decisions and policies set down and established by the parent body, and

WHEREAS under the present system of representation, NFTY and its regions have not been given sufficient opportunity to represent their members with adequate voting power at UAHC biennial conventions, and

WHEREAS it is essential that the parent body hear the viewpoints of Jewish youth, as well as give them the power they deserve in terms of the process of decision-making,

Year Adopted: 
1969

This follows various phone and in?person conversations with Peter Weidhorn and Rabbi Allan Smith and is our latest attempt to resolve how the camps ought to address the participation of youngsters who do not come from congregations in good standing with the UAHC. We have come to realize that such youngsters fall into one of four different categories as described below:

Year Adopted: 
2001
  1. The impact of the suspension on youth participation in various events occurring under the auspices of the North American Federation of Temple Youth and its regional affiliates is governed by provisions in the Novick Report (Attachment I).
  2. Participation in programs run by UAHC Camp Institutes is covered by a policy adopted by the UAHC Board of Trustees in June 2001 (Attachment II).
  3. HUC-JIR students serving in a congregation that goes on suspension during any particular academic year are permitted to complete their service during
Year Adopted: 
2002

BACKGROUND

Since its creation in 1873, the Reform Movement in North America has committed itself to Jewish education and defined as one of its primary goals providing assistance to synagogue religious schools. Reform Jewish education, important then, has become even more important today.

Year Adopted: 
2001

Having sat at the feet of the immortal Wise, he sensed the glory of the founder's dream and translated it into service.

Having served as the spiritual leader of a community which still reveres him, he brought to his labors the experience of a practical ministry.

Having given of himself in another era of his career to the needs of the under-privileged among his people; the philosophy of life which was the frame-work of his service to the Union, had at its center, not only a deep love of Judaism, but an abiding humanity.

Year Adopted: 
1941

AS SUBMITTED:

Because there are apparently basically different points of view on religious education within the Union; and because there are already in print sufficient Union textbooks and materials clearly expressing the views of many UAHC member congregations on Reform Education; therefore:

BE IT RESOLVED that steps be taken immediately to insure for those member congregations which favor the strictly religious or classically Reform approach:

Year Adopted: 
1957

BACKGROUND

Since the time of Abraham, Jews have been engaged in the process of embracing the guest and welcoming the traveler. It was Abraham's acts of chesed that brought the Jewish people into being. Today, the synagogue community needs to emulate Abraham's values of hospitality and welcoming when addressing the needs of both prospective and current members. Synagogue communities need to argue for every Jewish soul.

Year Adopted: 
2005