Reform Movement Institutions

Reform Movement Institutions

Be it resolved by this 45th General Assembly of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations that the use of gambling as a means of raising funds for the Synagogue and the practice of gambling on synagogue premises is not compatible with proper Synagogue standards.

Year Adopted: 
1959

Background

Each year, the number of member congregations of the World Union for Prog ressive Judaism, and the number of countries in which they are found, con tinues to increase. The growth of our movement can be seen in more than 30 countries of the world and is particularly dynamic in areas such as Israel and the Former Soviet Union. Moreover, recent years have brought dramatic changes in politics and geography that enhance opportunities for Progressive Judaism.

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

This Biennial Assembly is concerned about the future educational needs of our children. These needs demand that alternatives of quality public and Reform Jewish full-time education be among the legitimate educational options open to our children.

Year Adopted: 
1985

RESOLVED, that the General Assembly of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations calls upon its Executive Board and the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion to appoint a joint commission to study and develop ways and means for the stable financing of the budgetary requirements of these Institutions of our Movement so that both will be provided with the funds so vitally needed for their respective programs upon a basis which will permit them to carry on their programs unhampered by the constant necessity for emergency appeals.

Year Adopted: 
1953

WHEREAS, some of the necessary activities of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations have had to be curtailed, and some have had to be discontinued; and,

WHEREAS, the times call for not only the continuance of the program of the Union, but rather for its enlargement;

Year Adopted: 
1941

Background

The Stepping Stones model of offering time-limited, free introductory Jewish education to children of unaffiliated mixed-married couples has met with great success since its inception at Congregation Emanuel in Denver. This program, now in place in close to a dozen additional centers of Jewish life, has led to affiliation and identification by children and adults alike who were once thought to be beyond our reach.

Year Adopted: 
1993

Background

As we approach the 21st Century, we celebrate the youth of our Reform Jewish community, including the thousands who participate in our congregational youth programs, and the Union's youth, camping, and Israel programs. Theses young people are extraordinary in their kindness and compassion, their love for Israel and their devotion to Judaism. We note with concern, however, that when it comes to their personal lives, many are often morally confused and morally adrift.

Year Adopted: 
1997

In order to stimulate educational programs and to disseminate its policies and programs more effectively, the Commission on Jewish Education urges that all

Year Adopted: 
1971

WHEREAS the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, since its foundation, has made social justice a matter of priority and concern; and

WHEREAS for many years we have participated with other groups in a mutual effort to achieve goals of decency; and

WHEREAS a human relations agency has been established jointly by the UAHC and the NAACP to promote Jewish/Black cooperation in the spirit of the late Kivie Kaplan,

Year Adopted: 
1977