Health – Reproductive Rights 2020

Posted on June 25, 2020

Support of a Women’s Right to Choose. Biblical and rabbinic sources provide the background for the Conservative Jewish response to a women’s right to bodily autonomy and to the relative rights of a women versus a fetus. (This resolution is based upon the 2012 Rabbinical Assembly resolution on this subject.) It is also amended from Continue Reading »

Human Trafficking (2018)

Posted on May 3, 2018

BACKGROUND As Jews, descendants of those who escaped from Egyptian bondage, we are committed to helping combat Human Trafficking, the modern-day slavery. HUMAN TRAFFICKING DEFINITIONS* “Sex trafficking occurs when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person performing the act is under the age of 18. Sex trafficking occurs in a number Continue Reading »

Israel – Religious Pluralism at the Western Wall (2016)

Posted on May 10, 2017

Background In 1990, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism affirmed by resolution that religious pluralism is essential to Jewish unity, that the Western Wall in Jerusalem is a cherished holy place for all Jews of all shades of belief, and that women have the right to worship at the Western Wall free from intimidation and harassment. Continue Reading »

Health – Reproductive Rights (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

Background Biblical and rabbinic sources provide the background for the Conservative Jewish response to a woman’s right to bodily autonomy and to the relative rights of a woman versus a fetus. (This resolution is based upon the 2012 Rabbinical Assembly resolution on this subject.) In Exodus 21:22-23 we read: “When men fight, and one of Continue Reading »

Israel (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

Background An essential element of the mission of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is to reinforce bonds with Israel and Jews worldwide by nurturing a real sense of Ahavat Zion (love of Israel) among its members. To that end, Women’s League promotes a Six Point Program for Israel: Zionist philosophy Support of the Conservative /Masorti Continue Reading »

Technology – Hydrofracking (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

(Acknowledging both the JCPA and RA resolutions on this subject which are the basis for this resolution) Background Energy independence is an environmentally sound precept and should be pursued. In Genesis 2:15, God commands us “to work the earth and to protect it” (l’ovdah ul’shomrah), and in the rich tradition of laws based on Deuteronomy Continue Reading »

Hunger (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

Background The Torah and Jewish tradition explicitly command us to feed the hungry. “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. I the Eternal Continue Reading »

Israel – Gender Equality in Public Secular Spaces (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

Background Israel was established as a democratic state. Its Declaration of Independence proclaims that Israel will “uphold the full social and political equity of all of its citizens, without distinction of race, creed, or sex.” There have been increasing incidences attempting to enforce gender segregation in public secular places in Israel. Gender-based discrimination has occurred on sidewalks, Continue Reading »

Equal Rights – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Jews (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

Background The 2006 teshuvah “Homosexuality, Human Dignity and Halakhah” (by Rabbis Elliot Dorff, Daniel Nevins and Avram Reisner) effectively normalizes the status of gay and lesbian Jews in the Jewish community. Extending the 1992 Committee on Jewish Law and Standards’ consensus statement, gay and lesbian Jews are to be welcomed into our synagogues and other Continue Reading »

Israel – Equality of Treatment in Israeli Hotels (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

(The Masorti Foundation has asked the various arms of the Conservative/Masorti movement to approve this resolution. The RA, JEA, NAASE and the Schechter Day School Network have already done so.) Background It has become increasingly the case that when Masorti/Conservative groups have wished to daven in Israeli hotels, they have been denied the use of Continue Reading »