Civility in the Public Arena (1996)

The pluralistic and free society we live in requires respect and tolerance for persons having differing points of view on religious, social and political issues. A stable and vibrant democracy requires that the expression of opposing opinions take place under non-violent conditions and with fairness to all differing viewpoints.

In recent years we have witnessed increased incidents of incivility, smear tactics and demagoguery in the media, political campaigns and even in deliberative governmental bodies.

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism calls for:

  1. Raising the quality of public discourse in all areas of our society including the Sisterhood and synagogue, government and the media.
  2. Programs to encourage the teaching of Jewish values, which stress mutual respect, civility, and the rejection of careless and profane speech.