Reform Movement Institutions

Reform Movement Institutions

Whereas too much is at stake--for Israel, for the Jewish people, for the world--for us to jeopardize the safety, security and creative development of Israel; and

WHEREAS the UAHC deplores the discrimination against non-Orthodox Judaism by the State of Israel and the furtherance of such discrimination in the allocation of funds raised in the Diaspora for religious, educational, and social welfare purposes in Israel; and

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Whereas an increasing number of our congregations has created nursery schools, thereby inaugurating the regular Jewish education of many of our children at an age when character influences are deeply felt, and often thereby bringing young Jewish parents into earlier contact with the synagogue than would otherwise have been the case, and

Whereas the experience of many of our congregations with these programs has indicated their benefit to the children, their families, and the congregation itself, particularly to its religious school,

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"If there has ever been a time for Jewish men to stand together, to be together, to work together as men in making a difference in society and this movement, now is the time." -- Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

There is a great need for Jewish institutions to revitalize their content and goals in order to provide transformative opportunities for men to realize their potential, both as human beings and as knowledgeable Jews.

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The UAHC has taken many courageous stands in behalf of full equality for all Americans in the civic and social life of our country. It has called upon all Americans, Jews and non-Jews, to eschew all forms of segregation and discrimination based upon race and color. It is in this spirit, therefore, we reiterate the traditional stand of Reform Judaism that there are no color barriers to the acceptance in the Union of American Hebrew Congregations of congregations composed of Reform Jews. Therefore,

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WHEREAS many newly married couples do not seek synagogue membership until many years after their marriage; and

WHEREAS they are thus deprived of the synagogue membership and synagogues are deprived of their strength;

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"This Biennial Council reaffirms the vigorous, missionary zeal of Isaac Mayor Wise, and urges the observance of the one hundredth anniversary of his arrival in America by our becoming imbued with his zeal to win adherents to our particular cause, and

"Whereas, we recognize the fact that a large part of the Jewish population of our Large Metropolitan Centers are not members of our congregations and that our established congregations in these centers have reached saturation points that make it difficult to accommodate additional members, therefore

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"WHEREAS, the sections of the various congregations of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations attending the thirty-seventh Council of the Union have organized an association of secretaries, known as the National Association of Temple Secretaries, and

"WHEREAS the purpose set forth as the objective of the National Association of Temple Secretaries is to promote the administrative welfare of the congregations which are members of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations; now therefore be it

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WHEREAS cooperation between congregations is important in the acquisition and retention of members, all membership application forms should request of every applicant information concerning former affiliation, and

WHEREAS it is important that this information be shared by congregations in order to determine whether the applicant has been delinquent in his/her obligation(s) during prior affiliation, and

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WHEREAS: The every-increasing mobility of many American Jewish families has made necessary the obligation to assume two or more compulsory building fund pledges in a relatively short period of time. This appears to have inhibited the affiliation of many of these families with congregations in their new communities.


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