Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, NFTY- The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, Women of Reform Judaism, and Men of Reform Judaism PROPOSED RESOLUTION ON STUDENT ON STUDENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS Submitted to the URJ Biennial DECEMBER 2017 Background The sanctity of human life is one of the core principles of Judaism, and sexual […]
Submitted by the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism Background Throughout the Reform Movement’s history, we have worked tirelessly to fight discrimination, support equality, and strengthen the rights of minorities and women. In 1977, both the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis passed resolutions affirming “the rights of […]
“Choose Life ” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Adopted by the 104th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Montreal, Quebec, June 1993
Women are short-changed in many aspects of health care, from research and prevention to treatment, access and education. Addressing these inequities is fundamental to women’s rights.
Adopted by the 101st Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Seattle, Washington, June 1990
Physical violence against women is not news. Throughout history, women have been victimized by acts of aggression predominantly attributable to men. Although those acts have a sexual component, they are primarily expressions of anger and hatred. Typically, both in terms of intent and consequences, these acts constitute recognized crimes including rape, date rape, assault and battery, sexual harassment in the workplace, and domestic violence.
The mode of transmission of HIV has been changing over the last decade or so. Although there are still many individuals who contract HIV through sexual contact, the fastest growing mode of transmission is the sharing of infected needles by intravenous drug users.
Those addicted to injectable drugs usually self-inject between 5 to 8 times per day. Since it is illegal in many locales to own a syringe without a prescription for a legal drug, clean needles are in short supply among addicts.
Adopted by the 119th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Adopted by the Board of Trustees
Jewish texts and tradition do not avoid the topic of sexuality. Ranging from the Song of Songs, the most explicit writing in the Torah, to very specific discussions of the laws of family, our holy texts accept sexuality as a necessary and crucial part of life and development. Further, our modern practice of Judaism views sexuality, and its ultimate goal of a healthy and committed relationship, as a matter of religious concern.
Adopted by the CCAR at the 98th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
WHEREAS Judaism considers sexual relations a matter of religious concern, and
WHEREAS the incidences of both teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in the population at large are on the rise, and
WHEREAS the availability of accurate information about reproduction, sexually-transmitted diseases, and contraception have been demonstrated to have a positive impact on curbing adolescent pregnancy and the incidence of sexually-transmitted disease,
Resolution adopted at the 111th Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Over the years, the Central Conference of American Rabbis has adopted a number of positions on the rights of homosexuals, on homosexuality in the rabbinate, and advocating changes in civil law pertaining to same-gender relationships.