45th General Assembly
WHEREAS the UAHC has consistently supported civil rights and civil liberties for all persons and
WHEREAS the Constitution guarantees civil rights to all individuals,
BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED THAT homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection under the law. We oppose discriminating against homosexuals in areas of opportunity, including employment and housing. We call upon our society to see that such protection is provided in actuality.
60th General Assembly
New Orleans, Louisiana
In North America today, it is estimated that 100,000 Reform Jews – and 500,000 members of the larger Jewish community – are gay or lesbian.
Over the last fifteen years, the UAHC has admitted to membership four synagogues with an outreach to gay and lesbian Jews. Hundreds of men and women who once felt themselves alienated from Judaism and unwelcome in mainstream congregations have joined these synagogues, adding their strength and commitment to our religious community.
Adopted by the General Assembly
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
October 29-November 2, 1997 Dallas
56th General Assembly
It has been the longstanding position of the UAHC, which we again state, to affirm the legal right of a woman to exercise her moral and religious conscience regarding abortion. Our tradition has always upheld the sacredness of life. Similarly, it has upheld the sacredness of the body.
In light of the fierce and increasing campaign in America to deny freedom of choice regarding abortion,
49th General Assembly
Humane considerations motivate us to speak out in the name of our United States members in favor of needed revisions in the abortion laws of many states. In recent months the moral imperative to modernize abortion legislation has become and important issue in the legislatures of many states.
53rd General Assembly
Issues of religion and politics, and of religious approaches to public policy, have always demanded our attention, but today those demands feel more urgent than ever. The need for ground rules is clear. No matter how profoundly religion influences anyone, when they make a public argument we believe that they must ground their statements in reason and in a language of morality that is accessible to everyone—to people of different religions or no religion at all. In our diverse democracy Americans need a common political discourse not dominated by exclusivist theology.
Q: What is Judaism’s view on homosexuality?
Sexual Morality and the Rabbi
The general subject of sexual morality is important. The committee, in various stages of its deliberations, sought to discuss homosexuality within that larger framework. However, it concluded that while a comprehensive statement on sexuality and sexual morality was a desideratum, it was beyond the mandate of the committee.
Origin and Nature of Sexual Identity
The committee’s task was made particularly difficult because the specific origin of sexual identity and its etiology are still imperfectly understood.
Scholars are not likely to come to an agreement anytime soon about the causes of sexual orientation, or its nature. various disciplines look at sexuality in different ways and rarely confront each other’s ideas…. Short of definitive evidence, which no theory has thus far received, the disagreement is likely to continue. Cognitive and normative pluralism will persist for the indefinite future.4