Women's Issues

Women's Issues

Adopted at the 62nd General Assembly
October, 1993
San Francisco, CA

Background

Our tradition teaches us that life and health are precious and that it is the obligation of individuals and society to protect both. As a movement, we have therefore consistently advocated universal health care and equality for women in all health care programs.

Year Adopted: 
1993

Adopted at the 62nd General Assembly
October, 1993
San Francisco, CA

Background

Year Adopted: 
1993

Board of Trustees
December 1976
Los Angeles, California

Historically the Reform Jewish movement has pioneered in asserting the principle and furthering the practice of the equality of women on every level of life, including religious rights. We are proud of the ever-increasing role of women in the councils of Reform Judaism as lay leaders and professionals, including the office of congregational presidents and even that of rabbis.

Year Adopted: 
1976

Adopted at the 61st General Assembly
November, 1991
Baltimore, MD

Background

Year Adopted: 
1991
BACKGROUND

Despite gains made toward equal rights for women in the past decades, sexual harassment continues to plaque women at an alarming rate. While not necessarily involving physical harm or any illegality, the insidious nature of sexual harassment may cause irreparable damage. Such acts are not motivated by any particular behavior of the victim, but by gender and the pathology of the perpetrator.

Year Adopted: 
1992

The UAHC reaffirms its support for the Equal Rights Amendment and urges our congregations in states that have not ratified the amendment to work for its ratification.

The UAHC reaffirms prior Board of Trustees action regarding not holding major national meetings in states that have not adopted the Equal Rights Amendment.

Year Adopted: 
1981

Built-in inequities in the present economic system discriminate against women and their dependents at every level of income. Poverty in North America falls disproportionately upon women. For example, women in the United States who comprise 43% of the labor force and are the sole supporters of more than nine million families have suffered discrimination and economic disadvantage.

Year Adopted: 
1983

WHEREAS, while we deplore the increased number of divorces in the United States, we recognize that where a marital relationship fails and reconciliation is impossible, Judaism has long recognized and accepted the necessity for divorce, and

WHEREAS, within the Reform movement, there has been adopted a statement on "The Enactment of Uniform Marriage, Divorce and Desertion Laws" and constituents of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations were urged to aid in such enactment (resolution of the 28th General Assembly, 1923),

Year Adopted: 
1965

Adopted by the Board of Trustees
May 1992
Minneapolis, MN

Year Adopted: 
1992